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#CAAHoops Around The Rim

Feb 2, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT

We’ve gone over the halfway point of the 2014-15 season. Time is flying!

James Madison, who is receiving votes is in both national polls, remained undefeated in league play, moving to 9-0 but Drexel is close behind at 8-2, creating some distance from the pack after winning four straight. Take a look at the CAA Standings to see how close the race is.

Another milestone is in reach for JMU Head Coach Kenny Brooks. Entering the week, he sits at 299 career victories – one win shy of 300 and four wins shy of 303, which would make him the all-time winningest coach in program history. Northeastern’s A’lece Mark is approaching her 1,000th career point, entering the week with 986.

On Monday, Delaware’s Erika Brown picked up her first CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor while William & Mary’s Jenna Green was named the Rookie of the Week. Read all about their efforts on

The fourth women’s basketball coaches teleconference was also held on Monday as head coaches Denise Dillon (Drexel), Ed Swanson (William & Mary), and Krista Kilburn-Stevesky (Hofstra) 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

#CAAHoops On Campus coverage resumed over the weekend with a trip to Hofstra. Here’s a video recap from Sunday’s Delaware-Hofstra game and a look at what Gameday is like at The Mack. We’ll have some more features coming your way later this week.

Just over a month until the 2015 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship! Be sure to get your tickets at

#CAAHoops – The Week that Was

College of Charleston (4-17; 2-8 CAA): The Cougars had a pair of tough losses at Drexel and Towson. Sophomore Bre Bolden averaged 12.5 points per game while Jackie Luna-Castro averaged 9.5 points and 7.0 rebounds over the two games.

Delaware (10-11; 5-5 CAA): The Blue Hens reached the .500 mark in conference play with wins over Towson and Hofstra, taking the regular season series from the Pride. Sophomore Erika Brownaveraged 22.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in the 2-0 week which included a 31-point effort against Hofstra. Brown was one of four Blue Hens who averaged double figures: Courtni Green (15.5ppg);Hannah Jardine (13.5ppg); Joy Caracciolo (11.0ppg).

Drexel (14-7; 8-2 CAA): Drexel improved to 8-2 in conference play with victories over College of Charleston and UNCW. Rachel Pearson averaged 15.5 points per game while Florence Ouattara gave the Dragons a boost against UNCW, notching 10 points off the bench.

Elon (12-8; 5-4 CAA): The Phoenix had just one game this week, an 89-60 setback at James Madison.Shay Burnett led the Phoenix with 15 points after a career-high 10 free throws and also posted a team-high six rebounds. Eleven of the 13 Phoenix players that saw action scored at least two points in the game.

Hofstra (13-8; 6-4 CAA): The Pride picked up a road win at Northeastern before falling at home to Delaware. Freshman forward Ashunae Durant averaged 12.5 points and 9.0 rebounds for the week. She posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Northeastern and nearly recorded another double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds versus Delaware.

James Madison (18-2; 9-0 CAA): The Dukes had only one game this week, posting an 89-60 win over Elon. Ashley Perez scored 15 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 15 minutes. Redshirt-senior center Lauren Okafor recorded her ninth double-double this season, tallying 16 points and 11 rebounds.

UNCW (8-13; 4-6 CAA): The Seahawks dropped both of their games last week, falling to William & Mary before having a six-game home win streak snapped with a loss against Drexel. Senior guard Kelva Atkins has scored at least 10 points in each of her last six games after averaging 16.5 points per game last week, including a double-double. Junior guard Shatia Cole has played well in the last five games by averaging 15.6 points per game, she had 18 points at William & Mary and 11 points against Drexel.

Northeastern (4-16; 1-9 CAA): The Huskies suffered a pair of losses, falling to Hofstra and William & Mary at home. Samantha DeFreese averaged 13.5 points and 8.0 rebounds for the week while Kazzidy Stewart averaged 10.0 points in her two starts.

Towson (9-13; 5-5 CAA): Towson went 1-1 last week, falling at Delaware before bouncing back for a big win over College of Charleston. Junior guard Dominique Johnson led all players with 19 points in the Charleston game while redshirt senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen had 12 points and 15 rebounds for her team and CAA leading 11th double-double of the year. Hines-Allen finished the week averaging 14.5 points and 12 rebounds per game. The Tigers continued to rely on the three-point shot. Towson had nine three-pointers against Charleston and now has 69 triples in CAA action this year.

William & Mary (10-11; 4-6 CAA): The Tribe put together a 2-0 week and extended their winning streak to three games with victories over UNCW and Northeastern. Sophomore Alexandra Masaquelaveraged a double-double with 13.5 points and 10.0 rebounds on the week while rookie Jenna Greenposted 9.5 points and 4.5 assists.

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