Dec 22, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT
In the final week of play before Christmas break, we saw some outstanding performances. Hofstra knocked off Boston College on the Eagles’ home court, UNCW’s Kelva Atkins dropped in 40 points and posted her 1,000th career point, and James Madison’s Precious Hall had her second 30-point game of the year. We also saw some great efforts by Towson, who out-scored Wake Forest in the second half of their game, and by Elon who battled it out with No. 6 North Carolina.
On Monday, Hall and Atkins were recognized as the CAA Women’s Basketball Players of the Week while Elon University’s Malaya Johnson was named the Rookie of the Week. Read all about their efforts on CAASports.com.
The College of Charleston gave Head Coach Candice M. Jackson the best Christmas present ever – her first victory as a collegiate head coach. The Cougars topped Mercer, 72-59, on December 21.
Non-conference play resumes on December 28 with just a handful of games remaining. League play gets started on January 4 with all 10 teams in action.
Oh, and only a few more days until Christmas, stuff your favorite CAA fan’s stocking with tickets to the 2015 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship! Tickets are on sale at www.caasports.com/tickets.
#CAAHoops – The Week that Was
College of Charleston (1-8): Head Coach Candice M. Jackson earned her first victory as a collegiate coach on December 21 as the Cougars topped Mercer, 72-59, at TD Arena. Bre Bolden led the way with 20 points, nine boards, and six steals. Erin Hall added 18 points while Jackie Luna-Castro chipped in with 10 points.
Delaware (4-6): The Blue Hens had a tough week falling to Princeton, Northern Kentucky, and Cincinnati. It is the first three-game skid for Delaware since the 2010-11 season. Hannah Jardine had a good week for the Blue Hens, including a career-best 18-point effort against Northern Kentucky. Jade Clark had a solid night against Cincinnati, tallying a career-high nine rebounds.
Drexel (4-5): The Dragons split games last week, falling at Quinnipiac before downing Philly rival Penn, 67-58. Against the Quakers, senior Jackie Schluth led all scorers with 18 points, nearly doubling her previous career high. Junior Carrie Alexander, making her first collegiate start, capitalized by setting a personal best of her own with 15 points, adding four rebounds.
Elon (5-4): The Phoenix went 1-1 on the week, downing Campbell, 77-51, before falling to No. 6 North Carolina, 85-67. Rookie Malaya Johnson had an impressive week for Elon, averaging 16.0 points per game and going 14-for-17 from the field. She had a season-high 22 points on 10-for-12 shooting from the floor against Campbell and tallied 10 points against UNC.
Hofstra (7-3): The Pride had a 12-day layoff and came back in a big way, knocking off ACC foe Boston College, 75-61, in Boston, Mass. It was the first win over an ACC opponent for Hofstra under Head Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey. Hofstra had four players score in double figures, including Elo Edeferioka who had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Kelly Loftus who had a game-high 22 points. The Pride has won six of their last seven, including four-straight double-digit victories heading into Christmas break.
James Madison (9-1): The Dukes extended their winning streak to five games with wins at Ohio (69-62) and against Hampton (85-53). Junior Precious Hall averaged 26.5 points in two games, including 30 points versus Hampton. Junior point guard Angela Mickens tallied 16 assists over the week, including nine against Hampton. Junior guard Ashley Perez debuted for JMU against Ohio, posting nine points and eight boards. She followed that up with 14 points and seven rebounds against Hampton.
UNCW (4-5): The Seahawks went 2-1 on the week, falling to Richmond before rebounding with wins over East Tennessee State and Charleston Southern at the Seahawk Hampton Inn Christmas Invitational. Senior guard Kelva Atkins averaged 25.3 points per game while becoming the 16th player in UNCW women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points. Against Charleston Southern, Atkins tied the school record with a 40-point effort, hitting 14 of 19 shots from the floor. Sophomore forwardRyan Flowers also had a solid week with a pair of double-digit performances, including 11 rebounds and 14 points against Charleston Southern.
Northeastern (2-5): The Huskies had just one game this week, a tough 67-65 loss at Harvard. Tiffany Montagne scored a game-high 16 points, including four three-pointers, with five rebounds against the Crimson. She has now paced the Huskies in scoring in two straight games and three of the team’s seven contests.
Towson (3-7): The Tigers had just one game this week, falling at Wake Forest, 74-64, despite outscoring the Demon Deacons in the second half. Towson had eight three-pointers in the game, the second most for the team this season. LaTorri Hines-Allen had a team-high 23 points and nine rebounds. Dominique Johnson finished with 15 points, 13 of which came during the second half, whileBreonn Hughey added eight points, five assists and four steals.
William & Mary (6-4): The Tribe split games this week topping Wofford, 71-51, before being edged by Maine, 54-51, for their first home loss of the year. Freshman Abby Rendle enjoyed the best week of her young career as she nearly averaged a double-double with 12.5 points, and 9.0 rebounds. At Wofford, Rendle recorded her first career double-double with career-highs in points (16) and rebounds (10). In the victory she added a block, and two steals.
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