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Women’s #CAAHoops Opening Night “In the Books”

Nov 10, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

November 9th has come and gone. We all prepared a lot for the start of the new basketball season and for some teams, the first game is under their belt, but for others that first game is still to come. Last night was full of excitement in the CAA.  We had wins, we had losses, we had close games, and we had some outstanding performances. There is so much to read about and lucky for our fans, we link all the recaps, box scores, video highlights, post-game interviews and more on CAASports.com in one location so there is one stop-shopping for all of your recap needs — so be sure to check that out. But of course, everyone wants to know the quick nitty gritty and this is why you come here, so let’s get started!

Did you know that we had two players punch their names in the CAA All-Time Record Book on the first day of the season last night?  Yes! James Madison’s Kirby Burkholder made a career-high seven three-pointers against Virginia at the John Paul Jones Arena, marking her tied for ninth in the league record book.  Interesting enough, she shot five of them in the first half scoring 15 of JMU’s 21 first-half points. Burkholder finished the night shooting 9-of-16 from the floor against the Cavaliers. William & Mary’s Emily Correal also etched her name into the CAA women’s basketball record book with her career-high 21 rebounds against East Carolina. Her 21 rebounds also tied a school record. Correal became the first Tribe player to record 20 or more rebounds in a game since 1992.  The senior added 24 points to earn her 19th career double-double. 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.

Congratulations to George Mason’s Amber Easter for earning her 1,000th career point last night during the Patriots outing against Oakland. She became the 16th player in Mason history to surpass the prestigious mark. Easter finished the evening with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Patriots.

Delaware picked up a win over Sam Houston State in the first round of the WNIT. The Blue Hens were led by Jaquetta May’s 13 point, 11 rebound performance, while Trumae Lucas and Lauren Carra added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Delaware played without All-American Elena Delle Donne as she is currently battling the effects of Lymes Disease and her availability is listed as day-to-day. The Blue Hens will next host Georgetown, who has received votes in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls, on Sunday for the second round of the WNIT.

Drexel earned a 60-50 road victory over Providence for a Big East victory and Hollie Mershon led the Dragons with 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Georgia State had four players score in double figures to earn a victory over UCF in the season opener, 64-50. Kendra Long scored 15 points making 3-of-5 three pointers, while Kayla Nolan added 12 rebounds and 11 points.  Cody Paulk and Ashley Watson added 10 and 12 points, respectively.

Hofstra earned a 77-75 victory over Stetson at the WBI Tip-Off Classic and will have to turn around to play Texas today at 2 p.m.  Junior guard Annie Payton scored a career-high 17 points. Senior forward Shante Evans added 13 points and 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season (she finished the 2011-12 season with 18). Evans now has 51 career double-doubles, ranking nationally among active career leaders.  Freshman guard Asia Jackson earned the start in her collegiate debut and was one of four Hofstra players to finish in double figures, scoring 13 points. Old Dominion defeated Virginia Tech on their own court, 55-35, Friday afternoon. The Lady Monarchs held the Hokies to the lowest opponent scoring total (35) since George Mason (31) in 2002 when ODU won 69-31 on February 8. Senior guard Jackie Cook and sophomore forward Shae Kelley both missed producing double-doubles by just a single rebound. Cook poured in 17 points, 12 of which were in the second half, and added nine rebounds, while Kelley scored 14 points with nine rebounds to lead the Lady Monarchs offensively.

On the schedule today:  Hofstra takes on Texas and Towson plays its season opener at Manhattan.  Northeastern is the last team to tip-off the 2012-13 season and they work on the jump ball tomorrow at Eastern Michigan.