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#CAAHoops: Around The Rim

Jan 19, 2015, 5:47 PM EDT

Another week of exciting games in the CAA! James Madison sits atop the CAA Standings with a 6-0 record while Hofstra is 5-1. Elon and Drexel sport identical 4-2 records while Towson is 3-3. The Dukes and Pride are ahead of the pack right now, but as this past week has shown, on any given night, there’s potential for an upset – anything can happen!

Speaking of exciting things, the first CAA women’s basketball game of the season will be televised on the American Sports Network (ASN). Elon and Northeastern have the honor on January 25 at 3pm. Be sure to check CAASports.com for TV Clearances later this week.

On Monday, JMU’s Lauren Okafor picked up her second consecutive CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor and her third the season while William & Mary’s Abby Rendle was named the Rookie of the Week for the first time. Read all about their efforts on CAASports.com.

The second women’s basketball coaches teleconference was also held on Monday as head coaches Krista Kilburn-Steveskey (Hofstra), Charlotte Smith (Elon), and Kelly Cole (Northeastern) 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.

If things are exciting now, wait 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 (4-13; 2-4 CAA): The Cougars split games last week, falling to Towson before downing Northeastern. Guard Bre Bolden averaged 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.0 steals over the two games, including a double-double effort against the Huskies.

Delaware (7-10; 4-4 CAA): The Blue Hens split games at home, handing Hofstra their first CAA loss before falling to William & Mary.  Sophomore Erika Brown averaged 18.5 points for the week while sophomore forward Hannah Jardine averaged a double-double (10.0ppg/11.0rpg). Guard Courtni Green hit her 100th career three-pointer against the Pride.

Drexel (10-7; 4-2 CAA): The Dragons split games this week on the road, edging William & Mary before falling to James Madison. Rachel Pearson averaged 15.5 points per game while Jackie Schluthaveraged 8.0 points and 9.0 rebounds, including 12 boards against the Dukes.

Elon (11-6; 4-2 CAA): The Phoenix bounced back from a loss to James Madison to top Towson. RookieShay Burnett averaged 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while Zora Stephenson posted 11.0 points per game.

Hofstra (12-5; 5-1 CAA):  After suffering their first CAA loss of the season, the Pride responded with a win over UNCW to improve to 5-1. Hofstra had 13 blocks against the Seahawks, tying the fifth-most in CAA single game history; seven of those blocks belonged to Anjie White. Guard Kelly Loftus averaged 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds over the two games.

James Madison (15-2; 6-0 CAA): The Dukes went 2-0 this week to remain perfect in CAA play after topping Elon and Drexel. Lauren Okafor averaged a double-double with 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.Precious Hall tallied her tenth 20-point game of the year, finishing with 22 points against the Dragons. JMU won its 18th consecutive home game and played in front of 5,009 fans at the Convocation Center on Sunday afternoon.

UNCW (6-11; 2-4 CAA):  The Seahawks ended their three-game road trip with a pair of losses at Northeastern and Hofstra. Led by a season-high 16 points from senior forward Sarah Myatt, UNCW had four players score in double figures at Northeastern. Against Hofstra, junior guard Shatia Coletallied a season-high 18 points.

Northeastern (4-12; 1-5 CAA): The Huskies picked up their first CAA win of the season and gave Head Coach Kelly Cole her first conference win against with the victory over UNCW on January 16. A’lece Mark had two solid games of production over the past week, averaging 13.5 points and 8.0 rebounds with a double-double against the Seahawks. Samantha DeFreese averaged 15.0 points per game last week.

Towson (7-11; 3-3 CAA): Towson went 1-1 last week, defeating College of Charleston before falling to Elon. Redshirt senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen led the Tigers by averaging 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. She posted her team- and CAA-leading ninth double-double of the year in the win over College of Charleston. Freshman guard Breonn Hughey added an average of 10 points and four assists.

William & Mary (7-10; 1-5 CAA): After seeing their comeback fall short against Drexel, the Tribe held Delaware to just 11 second half points as it erased a 15-point halftime deficit to defeat the Blue Hens for their first CAA win of the season. Freshman Abby Rendle averaged 15.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks for the week.

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