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  1. James Madison 2014 CAA Tournament champions!

    Mar 16, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

    James Madison, 2014 CAA Tournament champions. “Can you say that again?” asked beaming Dukes Coach Kenny Brooks. “It’s been a long time.” James Madison (28-5) won its seventh CAA Tournament title and first since 2010, defeating Delaware 70-45 atThe Show Place Arena on Sunday. The Dukes earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and…

  2. CAA championship by the numbers

    Mar 16, 2014, 12:56 PM EST

    CAA Championship by the numbers: 4,000 hz: Decibel level of JMU fans in The Show Place Arena 361: No. of career coaching victories for Delaware’s Tina Martin prior to Sunday; Martin is the active all-time winningest coach in the CAA 279: No. of career coaching victories for JMU’s Kenny Brooks prior to Sunday 105: Number…

  3. Old Hen in the house

    Mar 16, 2014, 12:28 PM EST

    Delaware’s Lauren Carra can’t help but be a little bit wistful. Carra was one of seven seniors on last year’s CAA-championship Delaware team that danced all the way to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. On Sunday, the Delaware graduate student was behind the Delaware bench cheering for her Blue Hens against James Madison. “It’s really…

  4. Welcome to the CAA championship!

    Mar 16, 2014, 12:11 PM EST

    It’s championship day  featuring No. 1 James Madison (27-5) vs. No. 2 Delaware (20-9) at The Show Place Arena. It’s the fourth straight title game for Delaware, which has won the last two. That means senior Kelsey Buchanan has played in the championship game every year of her career. JMU holds the edge in the…

  5. Delaware “kids” advance to CAA championship game

    Mar 15, 2014, 5:32 PM EST

    Yes, it’s the fourth straight CAA Tournament championship game featuring Delaware, but if you’re Erika Brown or Hannah Jardine or one of the four other freshmen starters on this Blue Hens team, it’s your first. Delaware (20-9) rallied to defeat College of Charleston 60-52 in Saturday’s second CAA Tournament semifinal at The Show Place Arena.…

  6. Love and basketball for Delaware’s Caracciolo family

    Mar 15, 2014, 3:53 PM EST

    Can you hear Gloria Caracciolo? Her voice is fading as Delaware and College of Charleston start the second half of the second CAA Tournament semifinal game at The Show Place Arena on Saturday afternoon. Winner meets top seed James Madison in Sunday’s noon championship game. Gloria is mother to redshirt sophomore Joy Caracciolo, and she…

  7. You got Kirby’d!

    Mar 15, 2014, 2:51 PM EST

    Let’s just say Drexel got Kirby’d. Generally getting Kirby’d is an expression that refers to CAA Player of the Year Kirby Burkholder draining another 3. (JMU band director  Chad  Reep credits the expression to a pair of former trumpet players for the college band). A 3-pointer goes up and in from Burkholder and band and…

  8. Supporting Aunt Denise at CAA Tournament

    Mar 15, 2014, 1:35 PM EST

    Denise Dillon’s nieces and nephews have no place they’d rather be than The Show Place Arena while Drexel and James Madison fight for a spot in Sunday’s CAA championship game. Four nieces: Maggie, 10; Lizzie, 9; Casey, 9; and Caitlin, 7; and one nephew, JT, 5, make sure Dillon and her Dragons can hear their…

  9. Mama Burkholder taking no chances in JMU semifinal vs. Drexel

    Mar 15, 2014, 12:38 PM EST

    Cross your fingers. And your toes. And by all means, pick up that penny that’s on the ground. Wait! Only reach for it if it’s head’s up. If you’re Jennifer Burkholder, mom to CAA Player of the Year Kirby Burkholder, you take no chances. Mom is thrilled Kirby is wearing a pair of braids for…

  10. College of Charleston surges into Saturday’s semifinals

    Mar 14, 2014, 10:01 PM EST

    Natasha Adair talked about wanting the College of Charleston wanting to surge into the CAA. No better way for the conference newbies to make a statement than to advance to the CAA Tournament semifinals behind a 70-64 victory over Towson at The Show Place Arena. The Cougars (17-13) will meet two-time defending champion Delaware (19-9)…

  11. College of Charleston’s Bolden brings a crowd

    Mar 14, 2014, 8:39 PM EST

    All those folks in maroon behind the College of Charleston bench at The Show Place Arena belong to freshman Breanna Bolden from nearby Edgewater, Md. Welcome to the CAA, folks. The Cougars, conference newcomers, are playing Towson in their first-ever CAA Tournament game. That’s mom Yolanda Beverly, aunts Kathy Hodges and Crissy Viner; there’s sister…

  12. Buchanan helps Blue Hens survive and advance

    Mar 14, 2014, 7:43 PM EST

    The nicest, most polite and compassionate person Delaware Coach Tina Martin has ever met? That would be Blue Hens senior Kelsey Buchanan, who blushes at the compliment but is thrilled with the situation Buchanan scored 13 points in the final 7:49 of Friday’s third quarterfinal game at The Show Place Arena, leading Delaware past Northeastern…

  13. Bumpy but happy ride for Drexel’s Abby Redick

    Mar 14, 2014, 5:22 PM EST

    It’s been a sweet senior season for Drexel guard/forward Abby Redick, whose Dragons will meet James Madison in Saturday’s first semifinal. The Dragons defeated Hofstra 60-55 in Friday’s second quarterfinal. “I think it will all come down to defense,” said Redick, whose Dragons are ranked 12th in the NCAA in scoring defense while JMU is…

  14. JMU/Drexel semifinal — again

    Mar 14, 2014, 4:25 PM EST

    Somehow Kenny Brooks knew the path to a CAA Tournament championship would have to go through Drexel. The Dragons upended Hofstra 60-55 in Friday’s second quarterfinal at The Show Place Arena. In between bites of red licorice and sips of soda, JMU Coach Kenny Brooks watched JMU’s nemesis prevail, delivering a knowing nod at the…

  15. Hofstra playing catch up to Drexel

    Mar 14, 2014, 3:18 PM EST

    Second quarterfinal featuring Drexel vs. Hofstra is under way at The Show Place Arena, and the Pride has already weathered a storm. The Dragons lead 23-19 at the break after not scoring a field goal in the last 4:46. Hofstra has rallied within four after fallen behind 18-3. We’re expecting a tight second half given…

  16. JMU moves into Saturday’s semifinals

    Mar 14, 2014, 1:46 PM EST

    Top seed James Madison shook off gritty UNCW 69-56 to advance to Saturday’s CAA Tournament semifinals against the winner of Friday’s 2:30 p.m. quarterfinal between No. 4 Drexel and No. 5. Hofstra. Credit the short-handed Seahawks — they dressed seven players — for lingering long enough for the Dukes to keep their starters in for…

  17. Small but hearty Seahawks contingent

    Mar 14, 2014, 12:40 PM EST

    Yes,  piles of purple cover the stands behind the James Madison bench at The Show Place Arena, but there’s a smattering of UNCW fans who refuse to be denied in the noise department. Pounding on the seat in front of her, Iva Cain, grandma to Seahawks freshman D’Asia Cain, exclaims, “Yes!” at back-to-back Kelva Atkins…

  18. Ready, set, CAA Tournament

    Mar 14, 2014, 11:41 AM EST

    No horses here at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md (the arena doubles as an equestrian arena, you know). We’re all about CAA women’s hoops for the next three days. Tipping off at noon Friday are tournament heavy James Madison (25-5) and UNCW (5-26). The Seahawks have already played a game on this…

  19. Celebrating with CAA champion Delaware

    Mar 17, 2013, 5:04 PM EST

    Delaware improves to 30-3 by winning its 42nd consecutive CAA game and its second straight CAA championship. Delaware Elena Delle Donne: 28 points, 5 rebounds Tumae Lucas: 12 points Lauren Carra: 10 rebounds, 6 assists Drexel Taylor Wootton: 21 point, 4-of-5 from 3-point range Hollie Mershon: 18 points Abby Redick: 8 rebounds Tina Martin: “When…

  20. Delaware: They are the CAA champions!!!!!!

    Mar 17, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

    Delaware repeats as CAA champion in a title game thriller, defeating Drexel 59-56. The ball ended up in the hands of Elena Delle, who scored the final pair of points for Delaware, giving her 28 on the afternoon. Delle Donne ends her spectacular CAA career with 2,940 points and 995 rebounds. Hens are 30-3 and…

  21. A tight title game between Delaware, Drexel

    Mar 17, 2013, 3:28 PM EST

    Terrific stuff at the CAA championship between Delaware and Drexel. Hens looked in control up 17 in the second half, but Dragons rally has them within three at 48-43 with 7:59 remaining. Awesome play by Dragons’ Taylor Wootten with 16 points and 3-of-3 from 3. Elena Delle Donne has 21.

  22. Drexel band: small but hearty

    Mar 17, 2013, 3:05 PM EST

    If you’re anywhere within earshot of the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., you can probably hear the roar of the Delaware band. You’ll have to get a little closer to hear the Drexel band. Only five members — Carolyn Haynes (saxophone), Jen Jolles (drums), Jeremy Berkins (drums), Josh Lieb (trombone) and Matt Horanzy…

  23. We know who he’s rooting for ….

    Mar 17, 2013, 2:19 PM EST

    If you’ve been to a Delaware game, you can’t miss Danny Karwoski, pictured with Elena Delle Donne’s mother, Joan, who revels in outrageous wigs to show his passion for his Hens. As much as the resident of Stamford, Conn., loves Delaware, he’s not shy about admitting that his favorite team is UConn. But he’s never…

  24. The skinny on Delaware vs. Drexel

    Mar 17, 2013, 1:58 PM EST

    We’re gearing up for a great CAA championship game at the Show Place Arena on Sunday; tipoff is at 2 p.m. The matchup pits No. 1 seed Delaware (29-3) vs. No. 3 Drexel (22-9), a rematch of last year’s title game won by the Blue Hens. Delaware has won six straight over the Dragons, including…

  25. Chatting with Drexel’s Hollie Mershon

    Mar 17, 2013, 11:01 AM EST

    Drexel senior guard Hollie Mershon has put together a sensational season, which includes first-team All-CAA honors. The Dragons No. 11 shared a few thoughts with the CAA about herself and her  Dragons, who are back in the CAA championship game for the second year in a row. Drexel meets Delaware at 2 p.m. Sunday at…

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