AROUND THE CAA
Old Dominion gets long-awaited PoW honor
ODU sophomore forward Shae Kelley, after averaging 17 points and 8.5 rebounds in a 2-0 stint against William & Mary and Hofstra, earned co-Player of the Week honors along with the always-present Elena Delle Donne of Delaware.
Kelley has been ODU’s best player throughout CAA play, and became the first Lady Monarchs honoree since Jackie Cook on Nov. 19.
Cook cracks 1,000
The senior guard and ODU’s leading scorer surpassed 1,000 career points for the Lady Monarchs with a 21-point performance against the Tribe on Jan. 21. She became the 30th player all-time to reach the mark for ODU, a noticeable honor given the tradition in Norfolk.
In all, nine CAA players have cracked 1,000 points this season to this point. Those honorees are listed below:
- Kashaia Cannon, Northeastern (Feb. 24)
- Jackie Cook, Old Dominion (Feb. 21)
- Danielle Parker, Delaware (Feb. 7)
- Deanna Kerkhof, Northeastern (Jan. 24)
- Hollie Mershon, Drexel (Dec. 21)
- Lauren Carra, Delaware (Dec. 20)
- Emily Correal, William & Mary (Dec. 8)
- Janine Aldridge, William & Mary (Nov. 25)
- Amber Easter, George Mason (Nov. 9)
Towson coach’s contract won’t be renewed
Towson coach Joe Mathews signed a contract extension through the 2014-15 season on May 25, at which point the Tigers’ athletic director Mike Waddell said “the program has improved” under Mathews.
In the midst of a 9-17 season, and a 3-12 CAA slate to this point, Waddell went back on that assessment.
Mathews, who coached Towson to a 16-14 record last season and winning years in four of the last seven seasons, will finish the season with his team. As of now, he is 250-134 in 12 seasons as the coach of the Tigers.
Delle Donne named winner of Academic All-American honors
The Delaware senior became the fourth player to earn back-to-back top spots in Academic All-America honors.
Academic All-Americans are chosen not only by their scholastic merits, but their on-the-court accomplishments and the impact they have had on their community, per its guidelines. No other CAA players were on the women’s roster, which includes three teams and is available here: http://www.cosida.com/news.aspx?id=3973
James Madison – again – came very close to upsetting No. 18 Delaware, but the Blue Hens pulled off a one-point win at home: http://delonline.us/VGRlkG
The New York Post put together a blog post on Shante Evans, who has crafted a legacy as the best player in Hofstra history: http://bit.ly/15iJ4qg
Drexel, behind its seniors, believes it can beat any team in the CAA, Brian Palmer of the Drexel student paper writes: http://bit.ly/VzXPln
ODU sent off its seniors in style with a complete dismantling of the Pride: http://bit.ly/W5yBhA
A profile of the Lady Monarchs’ Mairi Buchan from earlier in the week: http://bit.ly/ZAFsAw
-- Sean Morrison --