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Games Under the Belt, A Day to Rest: Women’s #CAAHoops Notes

Nov 12, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

Hollie Mershon

All 11 teams have at least a game under completed in their schedule and everyone has the day off from an actual game, which gave us time to congratulate William & Mary’s Emily Correal and Drexel’s Hollie Mershon for being named CAA Women’s Basketball Players of the Week and Hofstra’s Asia Jackson for being selected as CAA Women’s Hoop Rookie of the Week for their stellar play after the first weekend of competition. The complete CAA Weekly Report for Nov. 12 can be found at CAASports.com.

The new AP Poll came out late today and with Delaware’s loss to Georgetown, the Blue Hens dropped to No. 17 in the latest listing. Delaware (1-1) has played both games this season without the help of All-American Elena Delle Donne due to her battle with Lyme Disease. She is currently listed as day-to-day.  We all wish her the best to a full recovery.

On Friday, Delle Donne and Hofstra’s Shante Evans were named to the Preseason Wooden Award Top 30. The duo landed themselves on this prestigious honor and joined last year’s award winner Baylor’s Brittany Griner along with a number of other top candidates. The Big East led all conferences with seven selections, followed by the ACC with six, the Big 12 and Big 10 with five each, the SEC, Pac-12 and the CAA with two and the Ivy League with one.

Top team facts from the past week:

Delaware: The 31 points by SHSU was the lowest amount allowed by the Blue Hens since defeating Towson 66-28 on Feb. 7, 2002.

Drexel: The Dragons will return to Philadelphia for their home opener on Nov. 14 against cross-town rival Saint Joseph’s. Drexel will be looking to move to 2-0 on the season for just the second time in the ten-year tenure of head coach Denise Dillon.

George Mason: Senior Amber Easter became the 16th player in Mason history to surpass the 1,000-career point mark.

Georgia State:  Georgia State will now play eight of its next nine games at home after opening with a pair on the road. The Panthers will host Jacksonville State for the home opener on Wednesday.

Hofstra: The Pride won on opening day for the second time in the last four seasons and the first time since 2009.

James Madison: Junior guard Kirby Burkholder led the Dukes in the opening weekend averaging 24.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg.  She scored a game-high 25 points, including hitting a career-high 7 treys against UVA.  Her seven three’s in the single game place her in the CAA record books – ranking tied 9th. Burkholder scored 15 of JMU’s 21 first-half points, all from three-point range. Burkholder, who scored 24 against Quinnipiac, scored 20+ in back-to-back games for the first time in her career.

UNCW: The Seahawks returns to action Nov. 14 with a contest against state foe Wake Forest, head coach Adell Harris’ alma matter.

Northeastern: Deanna Kerkhof led the Huskies in scoring with 14 points, and also grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds to notch her first career double-double.

Old Dominion: The Lady Monarchs held the Hokies to the lowest opponent scoring total (35) since George Mason (35) in 2010 when ODU won 60-35 (Dec. 8).

Towson: Junior forward Nyree Williams led the Tigers with a double-double with 13 boards and a career-high 20 rebounds in the win.

William & Mary: Emily Correal averaged 25.5 points per game on the week to go along with a team-best 15.5 rebounds. She grabbed a career-high21 rebounds, which equaled the College’s single-game record and ties the fifth best mark in the CAA record book.  Correal notched her 19th career double-double and became the first Tribe player to record 20 or more rebounds in a game since 1992.  Additionally, she becomes only the third player in program history to post a 20 point and 20 rebound game as she joins Janet McGee ‘81 and Tiffany Stone ‘91 with the distinction. She also tied a career-high 27 points against Pittsburgh.

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