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#CAAHoops: Around The Rim

Dec 1, 2014, 4:16 PM EST

The month of November is in the books and it was an exciting one. CAA squads have picked up 27 victories and played some of the nation’s top teams over the first three weeks.

On Monday, Drexel University’s Sarah Curran was named the CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week while Elon University’s Shay Burnett was named the Rookie of the Week. Read all about their efforts on CAASports.com.

James Madison received notice in the national polls once more. For the last two weeks, JMU has been ranked No. 23 in the nation and the top mid-major team in NCAA Division. The Dukes also received votes in the AP Poll for the 11th consecutive week, dating back to last season.

Congratulations goes out to Towson University Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler who picked up her 100th career victory. There are two other milestones approaching. Drexel Head Coach Denise Dillon is three wins away from her 200th while the University of Delaware is sitting on 699 program victories.

Since it’s December, that means the holidays are just around the corner. What better gift to give your favorite #CAAHoops fan than tickets to the 2015 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship. Ticketsare on sale at www.caasports.com/tickets.

#CAAHoops – The Week that Was
College of Charleston (0-7): The Cougars faced some tough competition at the Gulf Coast Showcase, falling to No. 3 UConn, (RV) Minnesota, and Villanova. Over the three games, Jackie Luna-Castroaveraged 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while Erin Hall contributed 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Delaware (2-3): The Blue Hens split games, falling to Fordham, 49-44, before downing Vermont, 68-46. Junior Courtni Green posted a career-high 30 points against Vermont, including the first 13 points of the second half. She averaged 21.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over the two games. Rookie Makeda Nicholas was strong on the glass for the Blue Hens, averaging 8.5 rebounds per game.

Drexel (3-1): The Dragons finished the month of November at 3-1, going a perfect 3-0 at home, by knocking off city rival Saint Joseph’s, 76-63, for the first time in four years. Junior guard Meghan Creighton put together her first-career double-double, scoring 10 points and adding a career-high 10 rebounds. She also dished out seven assists, three shy of recording the second triple-double in program history. Sarah Curran added a career-high 25 points in the win.

Elon (4-1): The Phoenix split games last week, topping Liberty, 73-62, before falling at High Point, 87-71. Before its loss at High Point, Elon stood a 4-0 for the first time under Head Coach Charlotte Smith and for the first time since the 1997-98 season. Freshman guard Shay Burnett averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 18.5 minutes per game in two games. Zora Stephenson put up 10.5 points per game while Essence Baucom averaged 6.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds in two games.

Hofstra (3-3): The Pride advanced to the championship game of the Hofstra Thanksgiving Tournament but fell to (RV) Western Kentucky, 70-65, in overtime. In the opening game, the Pride posted a 61-58 overtime victory over Northern Iowa. Sophomore forward Elo Edeferioka notched a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds over UNI and had 11 boards against WKU. Edeferioka was named to the All-Tournament Team as was Darius Faulk, who had 15 points against WKU.

No. 23 James Madison (5-1): The Dukes split games at the San Juan Shootout. In the opener, the Dukes fell to undefeated No. 10/8 Maryland, 80-64. They rebounded with an 84-60 victory over Houston in their finale. Junior Precious Hall averaged 25.5 points per game, scoring 29 against Maryland. Hall has scored at least 22 points in her last three outings and has scored in double figures in 15 consecutive games. Redshirt-senior center Lauren Okafor scored a career high 21 points against Houston, one of four Dukes to record double figures.

UNCW (2-3): The Seahawks hosted the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic at Trask Coliseum. In the opener, the Seahawks could not stop a late run by North Florida, falling 55-41. In the second game, UNCW lost to Western Carolina, 64-53. The Seahawks, who have lost three games in a row after a 2-0 start, were led by senior guard Kelva Atkins, who averaged 12.5 points per game. Sophomore Naqaiyyah Teague tallied 21 rebounds in the two games last week, recording back-to-back, double-digit rebounding efforts for the first time in her career.

Northeastern (2-3): The Huskies battled at the FAU Thanksgiving Classic. In the opener, NU was clipped by North Dakota State, 79-72. In the second game, Northeastern fell at host FAU, 81-74. Francesca Sally averaged 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds, including 18 points and 14 boards against FAU. Senior A’lece Mark added 23.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game at the tournament.

Towson (2-4): The Tigers had three games last week, opening things up with a 59-54 win over UMBC, giving Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler the 100th coaching victory of her career. Towson also came up short against two feisty opponents at the LIU Brooklyn Turkey Classic. The Tigers fell to Rhode Island, 60-49, on the opening day and suffered a 62-49 loss to La Salle in the finale. Redshirt senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen averaged 18.7 points and 13 rebounds per game in the three contests. Junior guard Dominique Johnson hit the 100th three-pointer of her career against Rhode Island.

William & Mary (4-2): The Tribe went 2-0 on the week with a 56-48 win over VCU and a 90-55 decision over Longwood. Sophomore Marlena Tremba averaged 15.5 points per game while freshman Jenna Green continued her strong freshman season averaging 5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. After missing the first four games with injury, senior Kyla Kerstetter returned to the lineup against VCU, scoring 12 points to go along with a five steals.

  1. aroundthecaa - Dec 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    James Madison University alone had five of the 27 victories in the CAA. The other teams are battling with even or losing records other than William & Mary, Elon and Drexel. The CAA certainly has something to prove as a smaller conference in the NCAA. It’s great that James Madison is ranked No. 23 to give the conference more recognition.

    Congratulations to Coach Geckeler at Towson. This is only her second season as a Tiger. She was very successful at Howard University as head coach.

    That’s one thing I like about the CAA. We have some quality coaches who either come here from a successful past or are here on the way to success. I hope this season proves to be a competitive one between the team once conference play begins January 4.

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