Feb 16, 2015, 9:51 PM EDT
James Madison returned to the AP Poll this week, checking in at No. 23. The Dukes are is 13-0 in conference and 22-2 on the season, recording their tenth-consecutive 20-win season. JMU is one win away from clinching a share of the CAA Regular Season Championship and two wins away from winning it outright. It’s still a close race with only a few games separating the rest of the pack in CAA Standings.
A couple big milestones for our coaches this week. William & Mary’s Ed Swanson recorded his 300th victory as a head coach while JMU’s Kenny Brooks became the winningest coach in program history, picking up win number 303.
On Monday, JMU’s Angela Mickens and UNCW’s Naqaiyyah Teague shared CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors while Hofstra’s Ashunae Durant was named the Rookie of the Week for the fifth time. Read all about their efforts on CAASports.com.
#CAAHoops On Campus coverage continued with a trip to CAA newcomer Elon. Here’s a video recap from Sunday’s Hofstra-Elon game and a look at what Gameday is like at Alumni Gym. We’ll have some more features coming your way later this week.
The women’s basketball coaches teleconference was held on Monday as head coaches Charlotte Smith (Elon) and Ed Swanson (William & Mary) 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 (4-20; 2-11 CAA): The Cougars suffered a pair of tough losses, falling to Hofstra and William & Mary. Guard Bre Bolden continued to play well, averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds on the week. She dropped back-to-back double-doubles, including 20 points and 12 rebounds against William & Mary.
Delaware (13-12; 8-6 CAA): The Blue Hens defeated William & Mary to start the week but had their season-best, five-game winning streak snapped at James Madison on Sunday. Rookie Makeda Nicholas had another solid effort, averaging 10.0 rebounds and 8.0 points over the two games.
Drexel (15-9; 9-4 CAA): The Dragons won their only game of the week, topping Towson, 66-52, on the road. Alexis Smith matched a career high with 19 points with four three-pointers. Rachel Pearson recorded her 171st three-pointer of her career and improved her career three-point shooting to .386, both figures in the top-five all-time at Drexel.
Elon (14-10; 7-6 CAA): The Phoenix had a pair of tough losses, falling to UNCW and Hofstra. RookieMalaya Johnson led the Phoenix last week in scoring with 13.5 points per game after going 12-of-15 from the field.
Hofstra (16-9; 9-5 CAA): The Pride picked up road wins over College of Charleston and Elon. Redshirt sophomore forward Anjie White averaged 16 points, including a 16-point effort at Elon in which she scored the game-winning basket with five seconds left. Rookie Ashunae Durant averaged 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds including her seventh career double-double.
No. 23/RV James Madison (22-2; 13-0 CAA): The Dukes remained undefeated in CAA play with a pair of wins over Towson and Delaware. Point guard Angela Mickens averaged 11.0 points and 9.5 assists while Precious Hall posted 17.0 points and per game and Lauren Okafor averaged 16.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. On Sunday, Head Coach Kenny Brooks won his 303rd career game, making him the all-time winningest coach in JMU history.
UNCW (10-14; 6-7 CAA): After dropping three consecutive games, the Seahawks claimed back-to-back victories. On Thursday night, the Seahawks overcame a nine-point deficit to earn an 86-82 victory over Elon. In Sunday’s 84-78 win over Northeastern, the Seahawks trailed by 10 points with 8:52 remaining in the first half. Sophomore guard Naqaiyyah Teague averaged 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game for the week. On Sunday, senior guard Kelva Atkins posted her CAA-leading third 30-point game.
Northeastern (4-19; 1-12 CAA): The Huskies had a tough 84-75 loss at UNCW, its only game of the week. Five Huskies – Samantha DeFreese, Amencie Mercier, Maureen Taggart, Kazzidy Stewart,and Francesca Sally – all finished their afternoons in double-figures. Mercier finished with a career-high 20 points.
Towson (10-16; 6-8 CAA): Towson went 0-2 suffering tough losses to James Madison and Drexel. Redshirt senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen led the team while averaging 19.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. Hines-Allen posted her team and CAA leading 12th double-double of the year with 23 points and 12 rebounds against Drexel.
William & Mary (12-13; 6-8 CAA): The Tribe split games falling to Delaware before topping College of Charleston. Sophomore Marlena Tremba averaged 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, including a 19-point effort against Delaware. Rookie Abby Rendle nearly averaged a double-double with 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 5.0 blocks per game.
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