Jan 12, 2015, 5:05 PM EDT
It’s been a tough stretch with four CAA games in eight days. All 10 teams have found ways to grind it out while four teams have put themselves ahead of the pack. James Madison and Hofstra sit atop the CAA Standings with 4-0 records while Elon and Drexel sport identical 3-1 records. Conference play resumes with three games on Thursday and two on Friday. All 10 teams will be in action next Sunday to close out the week.
On Monday, JMU’s Lauren Okafor picked up her second CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor of the season while Hofstra’s Ashunae Durant was named the Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this year. Read all about their efforts on CAASports.com.
The first women’s basketball coaches teleconference was also held on Monday as head coaches Kenny Brooks (JMU), Tina Martin (Delaware), and Denise Dillon (Drexel) joined the call to discuss their teams. Listen to what the coaches had to say by clicking here. The calls, which will feature select coaches, will be held each Monday through the regular season and be archived on CAASports.com.
Less than 60 days until the 2015 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship! Be sure to get your tickets at www.caasports.com/tickets.
#CAAHoops – The Week that Was
College of Charleston (3-12; 1-3 CAA): The Cougars picked up their first conference win of the season, topping Delaware, 55-49, to open the week but fell to UNCW and Elon. Sophomore Bre Bolden had a strong week for CofC, averaging 20.3, including a 29-point effort against Elon, and 4.3 steals per game.
Delaware (6-9; 1-3 CAA): After losses to College of Charleston and Elon, the Blue Hens notched their first CAA win of the season by defeating Northeastern, 54-48, to end the week. Sophomore Hannah Jardine, who has scored in double figures in eight of the last nine games, averaged 14.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over the three contests last week.
Drexel (9-6; 3-1 CAA): The Dragons went 2-1 on the week, topping Elon and UNCW while falling 53-52 in overtime to Hofstra for their lone home loss of the year. Sarah Curran was Drexel’s leading scorer in two of their three contests, averaging 16.7 points per game, along with 6.7 rebounds. Senior forwardJamila Thompson put together her first-career double-double in a monster effort against UNCW, finishing with career highs of 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals.
Elon (10-5; 3-1 CAA): The Phoenix went 2-1 on the week and has taken five of their last six games. After falling to Drexel, Elon posted wins against William & Mary and College of Charleston. Zora Stephenson averaged 13.0 points per game on the week, including a 27-point performance against College of Charleston which featured seven three-pointers. Rookie Malaya Johnson averaged 9.7 points and 5.0 rebounds on the week.
Hofstra (11-4; 4-0 CAA): The Pride, which has won 10 of their last 12 games, remained undefeated in CAA play with a 3-0 week. Hofstra picked up a pair of overtime wins against Northeastern and Drexel and closed out the week with a win at Towson. Hofstra was powered by rookie guard Ashunae Durantwho averaged a double-double with 13.0 points and 10.7 rebounds. Against Northeastern, three players posted double-doubles, including Krystal Luciano who had 14 assists and 14 points. The 14 assists are tops in the CAA this season for a single game.
James Madison (13-2; 4-0 CAA): The Dukes went 3-0 this week to remain perfect in CAA play after topping UNCW, Northeastern, and William & Mary. JMU was led by Lauren Okafor, who averaged 14.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game. Rookie Hailee Barron had a solid week, averaging 5.7 points per game, including a career-best 10 points against Northeastern. It was a week of milestones as James Madison became the third NCAA Division I program in history to record 1,000 victories, seniorToia Giggetts recorded her 1,000th career point, and guard Angela Mickens dished out her 300th career assist.
UNCW (6-9; 2-2 CAA): The Seahawks picked up a win over College of Charleston but fell to James Madison and Drexel this week. Junior guard Shatia Cole matched her season high by scoring 14 points in the loss at Drexel while sophomore guard Jasmine Steele scored a season-high 10 points against the Dragons, including a stretch of nine consecutive points during a 14-0 UNCW run
Northeastern (3-11; 0-4 CAA): The Huskies were left seeking their first CAA win of the season after falling to Hofstra, James Madison, and Delaware. Junior Samantha DeFreese averaged 17.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game over three outings last week while senior A’lece Mark averaged 16.3 points. Together, DeFreese and Mark combined for 101 of Northeastern’s 186 points last week.
Towson (6-10; 2-2 CAA): The Tigers went 2-1 last week with wins over William & Mary and Delaware before a tough loss to Hofstra. Redshirt senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen led the Tigers with an average of 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. She had a double-double in two of the three contests and now leads the league this season with eight double-doubles. Senior guard Ciara Webbadded 14.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last week.
William & Mary (6-9; 0-4 CAA): The Tribe is on the hunt for their first conference win after tough losses to Towson, Elon, and James Madison. William & Mary was led by Alex Masaquel who averaged 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore Marlena Tremba hit her 100th three-pointer last week.
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