Dec 15, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT
Hofstra University’s Ashunae Durant is only nine games into her collegiate career, but she is already making an impact. The guard was named both the CAA Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie on Monday after a season-best 20-point effort for the Pride against NJIT. Durant went 7-for-9 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free throw line. She also had nine rebounds, two steals, and a block in 33 minutes of action.
Durant has picked up three of the five CAA Rookie of the Week awards this season, also receiving the honor last week and on November 24. She has scored in double-digits in six games and is averaging 11.3 points per game on 54.8 percent shooting which is tops in the conference. She’s also grabbing 6.9 rebounds, which is good for tenth in the CAA, in 28.8 minutes per game.
#CAAHoops is still holding steady on the national stage. James Madison received notice in the national polls once more. The Dukes received votes in the AP Poll for the 13th consecutive week, dating back to last season. In the latest RPI rankings, the CAA was rated 13th as a whole with four teams posting RPIs in the top-105: James Madison (15), Drexel (94), Delaware (100), and Elon (104).
Several players were ranked among the national statistical leaders. James Madison’s Precious Hall is sixth in the nation in scoring, averaging 24.0 points per game. Lauren Okafor is seventh in the nation in rebounding (12.6 rpg) while teammate Angela Mickens in fourth in assists (7.1). As a team, Delaware is ranked seventh in the country in three-point shooting, connecting on 40.5 percent of their shots.
There is still a lot of basketball to be played, but you can get your tickets to the 2015 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship right now! They are on sale at www.caasports.com/tickets.
#CAAHoops the Week that Was
Due to the final exam period, only five teams were in action.
College of Charleston (0-8): Seniors Erin Hall and Mikaela Hopkins had eight points each whileChristy Hewatt corralled nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the College of Charleston fell to South Florida, 67-47.
Drexel (4-3): The Dragons battled it out at Pitt on Sunday, put could not overcome a 28-3 Panthers run, falling to the ACC foe 72-53. Rachel Pearson and Alexis Smith led the Dragons with 11 points apiece.
Elon (4-3): A 17-2 run in the final six minutes was not enough as the Phoenix dropped their first home game of the season, 66-50, against Vanderbilt. The game marked the first visit to Alumni by a SEC women’s basketball team and the fifth-largest crowd since the 1998-99 season.
Hofstra (6-3): The Pride picked up a 62-47 victory at NJIT on Tuesday. Freshman Ashunae Durantscored a season-high 20 points while sophomore Kelly Loftus notched 15 points to help the Pride extend their winning streak to three games. Loftus has scored at least 15 points in each of her last three games.
Northeastern (2-4): The Huskies fell at Maine, 60-51, on Saturday, despite a strong second-half shooting performance. The Huskies were paced by Tiffany Montagne’s 17 points. Twelve of Montagne’s 17 points were scored in the second half, nine of which came in the final two minutes. mencie Mercier added 13 points.
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