The Colonial Athletic Association’s conference RPI has dropped to 15th in the country. There’s very little time to fix that, which means that it’s very doubtful the conference can get two teams in the NCAA Tournament, even if everything breaks right. The best-case scenario for the league is likely having some team win the tournament and hoping the committee wants to see Elena Delle Donne in the postseason. Otherwise, it’s win the conference tournament or else. That likely leaves Old Dominion out in the cold unless the Lady Monarchs do something incredible, like sweep through the CAA without a loss.
1. Delaware (6-3, RPI of 98) – Women’s basketball fans got the best gift they could ask for this Christmas, the return of Elena Delle Donne. Likely the most versatile player in women’s basketball, Delle Donne returned with 19 points against No. 9 Maryland and then dropped 30 against Monmouth in an 82-53 win. She hit all six of her free throws, four 3-pointers, had two blocks and nine rebounds. Against the Terrapins, the Blue Hens were within a possession in the second half. Delaware also has two wins against winning teams, the best in the CAA. This is why the Blue Hens haven’t budged from No. 1 despite the slow start. Previously 1.