Jan 26, 2015, 3:12 PM EDT
Balance is a theme of the CAA this season. A quick look at the top of the CAA Standings will find James Madison still perfect with an 8-0 record while Drexel is 6-2 and in second place. Elon and Hofstra are both 5-3 to round out the top four teams. But, as we approach the halfway point, it’s still a very close race.
Congratulations to Towson’s LaTorri Hines-Allen who scored her 1,000th career point last week. She has a total of 1,027 points; a total of 788 points has come as a Tiger while 239 points came during her time at Virginia Tech. Another milestone is in reach for JMU Head Coach Kenny Brooks. Entering the week, he sits at 298 career victories – two wins shy of 300 and five wins shy of 303, which would make him the all-time winningest coach in program history.
On Monday, UNCW’s Brie Mobley picked up her first CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor while Elon’s Shay Burnett was named the Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. Read all about their efforts on CAASports.com.
The third women’s basketball coaches teleconference was also held on Monday as head coaches Adell Harris (UNCW) and Niki Reid Geckeler (Towson) 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.
#CAAHoops – The Week that Was
College of Charleston (4-15; 2-6 CAA): The Cougars had a pair of tough losses to at Delaware and at home against James Madison last week. Bre Bolden and Jackie Luna-Castro each averaged 13.0 points and 4.5 rebounds on the week. Bolden added seven steals to remain in the top-10 nationally in the defensive category.
Delaware (8-11; 3-5 CAA): The Blue Hens split games last week, topping College of Charleston before falling at Drexel. Delaware had five players – Erika Brown (19), Courtni Green (13), Hannah Jardine(13), Joy Caracciolo (12) and Makeda Nicholas (10) – score in double figures in Thursday’s win over Charleston, the first time since the 2005 season.
Drexel (12-7; 6-2 CAA): Drexel navigated one of the toughest stretches of its schedule, winning at Hofstra and against Delaware to move into sole possession of second place in the league standings. The Dragons have now won four of their last five despite playing three straight on the road. Sarah Curran averaged 14.0 points behind 57.1 percent shooting and 5.5 rebounds per game. Rookie Kelsi Lidge added 5.5 points per game.
Elon (12-7; 5-3 CAA): The Phoenix split a pair of games last week. Despite a season-high 11 three-pointer, Elon was edged by UNCW. The Phoenix bounced back with an 80-77 overtime win against Northeastern, hitting the 80-point mark for the second time this season. Rookie Shay Burnettaveraged 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds to pace Elon.
Hofstra (12-7; 5-3 CAA): The Pride suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season, falling to Drexel and William & Mary last week. Junior Elo Edeferioka averaged a double-double with 14.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game on the week while shooting 61.9 percent from the field.
James Madison (17-2; 8-0 CAA): The Dukes went 2-0 this week to remain perfect in CAA play after topping William & Mary and College of Charleston. JMU has won 19 straight games at home, tied for fourth longest streak in nation. The Dukes have won 26 of their last 27 meetings with CAA foes, including the postseason. Lauren Okafor averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks per game while Precious Hall turned in back-to-back 20-point efforts.
UNCW (8-11; 4-4 CAA): The Seahawks returned home to earn a pair of victories over Elon and Towson, erasing a 13-point deficit to defeat the Tigers. With their two wins last week, the Seahawks have already surpassed their conference win total from each of the last two seasons. Kelva Atkins had 35 points to move into tenth place on the Seahawks’ all-time scoring list (1,171).
Northeastern (4-14; 1-7 CAA): The Huskies suffered a pair of tough losses, falling to Towson and Elon in overtime. Samantha DeFreese averaged 20.0 points and 8.5 rebounds on the week. Against Elon, DeFreese had a career-high 26 points, scoring 13 points in the final 14 minutes to help the Huskies come back to force overtime. Rookie Maureen Taggert added 7.5 points per game last week.
Towson (8-12; 4-4 CAA): Towson went 1-1 last week, defeating Northeastern before falling to UNCW. The Tigers hit a school record 12 three-pointers in the win over Northeastern. Senior guard Ciara Webbled the Tigers on the week as she averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in the two contests while LaTorri Hines-Allen averaged 15.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and became the fourth player in the CAA this season to record her 1,000th career point.
William & Mary (8-11; 2-6 CAA): The Tribe went 1-1 on the week, falling at JMU before edging Hofstra, 57-56, thanks to a last second block by rookie Abby Rendle. With the win, William & Mary picked up its eighth victory of the season, which ties them with the win total from the last two years. Senior Jazmen Boone averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds with five assists and six steals on the week.
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