#CAAHoops WBB Recap – February 2, 2024

#CAAHoops WBB Recap – February 2, 2024

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RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 2, 2024) – Five of the top six teams in the CAA Women’s Basketball standings won on Friday night, including Monmouth defeating Towson in a rematch of the 2023 CAA title game. Additionally, Stony Brook and North Carolina A&T earned convincing victories to remain in first place, while Charleston kept pace with Monmouth in their tie for third. Drexel also earned a key victory, moving into a tie for fifth with William & Mary, who had a bye today. Finally, Northeastern improved to .500 in league play, moving within one game of the Dragons and Tribe. 
 
Monmouth 64, Towson 53 | Box Score
Three-point shooting and rebounding lifted Monmouth (13-6, 6-2 CAA) over Towson (11-8, 3-5 CAA) 64-53 in a rematch of the 2023 CAA title game. Monmouth shot 45.5 percent from beyond the arc, knocking down 10-of-22 attempts from deep. Meanwhile, the Hawks limited Towson, who averaged 10.0 three-point makes per game over its last four contests, to one trey on 11 attempts. Rosalie Mercille and Jania Hall combined for 26 points off the bench to lead the Hawks. Mercille had a game-high 16, and Hall added 10 for her 10th double-digit scoring effort this season. Tied at 14, Monmouth used an 8-0 run to create separation in the second before taking a 29-20 halftime lead. Towson battled back to tie the game at 30 early in the third, but the Hawks responded with a 10-0 spurt to regain momentum. Ninety seconds after the Tigers ended the run, Monmouth rallied off 11 straight points – nine of which came from Hall – pushing its lead to 18 points and cruised to victory. Alexia Nelson tallied 13 points to lead Towson. In addition, six Hawks grabbed at least five rebounds as Monmouth edged Towson 44-29 on the glass. 
 
Stony Brook 67, Hofstra 49 | Box Score
Stony Brook (17-2, 7-1 CAA) used a big second-half performance to defeat Long Island rival Hofstra (7-12, 1-7 CAA) 67-49. The Seawolves shot 56.7 percent (17-30) from the floor and 60.0 percent (6-10) from beyond the arc after halftime to outscore Hofstra 41-24 after the break. Gigi Gonzalez had 11 of her game-high 17 points after the break to lead four Seawolves in double figures. Victoria Keenan added 15 points off the bench, with all five of her makes coming behind the three-point line. Additionally, Sherese Pittman had 16 points, and Khari Clark contributed 12, both grabbing eight rebounds. Stony Brook trailed at the end of the first quarter but scored the final six points in the half to take a 26-25 lead into the break. The 6-0 run ballooned to 18-0 after 12 straight points from SBU to begin the third, and the Seawolves stayed in front the rest of the way. Sorelle Ineza, who made just her second start in CAA play, paced Hofstra with 12 points. 
 
North Carolina A&T 76, UNCW 43 | Box Score
North Carolina A&T (13-6, 7-1 CAA) won its seventh straight game dominantly, defeating UNCW (3-16, 1-7 CAA) 76-43 on the road Friday night. The Aggies defense held the Seahawks to 23.3 percent (14-60) shooting and outrebounded them 58-36 as A&T outscored UNCW by at least six points in all four quarters. Jordyn Dorsey had a career-high 23 points with 10 rebounds for her first double-double this season. She was one of four Aggies in double figures as D’Mya Tucker added 14 points, Chaniya Clark contributed 13, and Paris Locke had a season-high 12. After A&T took the lead two minutes and 49 seconds into the game, they never trailed again. The Aggies held UNCW to six points in the first quarter, opening a 12-point lead, and the Seahawks could never cut the deficit to single digits. Taylor Henderson paced UNCW with 19 points, marking her 12th game in double figures this season. 
 
Charleston 86, Hampton 57 | Box Score
Charleston (14-5, 6-2 CAA) scored 50 points in the second half to top Hampton (2-16, 2-6 CAA) 86-57 en route to its third straight victory. The Cougars outscored Hampton by 19 points after halftime, including 24-9 in the fourth quarter, to leave no doubt of the result at TD Arena Friday night. Jada Logan scored 25 points off the bench to lead a quartet of Cougars in double figures. Taryn Barbot added 19 points, 14 of which came after the break, and Jenna Annecchiarico flirted with a triple-double, tallying 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. In addition, Zoe McCrary had a career-best 13 points in the effort. An 8-0 run late in the second pushed Charleston’s lead to double-digits before the Cougs took a 36-26 lead into the break. The Lady Pirates cut the deficit to five twice in the third, but Charleston had the response on each occasion, and an 11-0 run early in the fourth put the game out of reach. Camryn Hill accounted for over half of Hampton’s points, pouring in a career-high 30 despite the setback.   
 
Drexel 53, Delaware 49 | Box Score
Drexel (10-9, 5-3 CAA) defeated rival Delaware (7-13, 3-5 CAA) 53-49 in a hard-fought conference clash on Friday evening. The Dragons held UD without a field goal over the final 6:29, allowing Drexel to outscore the Blue Hens 15-9 in the fourth quarter to emerge victoriously. Amaris Baker paced Drexel with 13 points, and Chloe Hodges added 10 points, while Grace O’Neill grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds to lead the effort on the glass. It was a tale of two quarters in the first half. Drexel outscored Delaware 18-9 in the opening frame, limiting the Blue Hens to 27.1 percent shooting. However, Delaware held the Dragons to just 17.6 percent shooting in the second quarter, outmatching Drexel 16-6 to take a 25-24 lead at the break. The third quarter featured seven lead changes and two ties, but Delaware extended its lead by one (40-38) heading into the fourth. The Blue Hens pushed their lead to 47-44 with a second chance layup at the 6:29 mark, but it was the final field goal for UD as Drexel scored nine of the final 11 in the contest. Chloe Wilson tallied her fourth double-double this season with a game-high 17 points and 10 points to lead the Blue Hens. 
 
Northeastern 51, Elon 46 | Box Score
Northeastern (8-10, 4-4 CAA) overcame a slow start to edge Elon (7-14, 3-5 CAA) 51-46 in a defensive battle Friday morning on Education Day at Schar Center. Deja Bristol, Derin Erdogan, Gemima Motema and Maddie Vizza – who reached double figures for the Huskies – combined for 47 of NU’s 51 points. Bristol, Motema and Vizza had 12 points each, with Erdogan adding 11. All four also grabbed at least five rebounds, including a team-high six boards by Vizza. Northeastern struggled at the start as Elon used a 12-0 run to gain a 16-2 advantage before taking a 17-8 lead at the end of the first. However, the Huskies battled back, scoring nine straight points to begin the second quarter and tie the game. Elon would take a 29-25 lead into halftime, but it was the defense that made the difference for NU in the second half. The Huskies limited the Phoenix to 20.7 percent (6-29) shooting and just 17 points, allowing NU to outscore Elon by nine over the final 20 minutes. Iycez Adams paced the Phoenix with 13 points and added a game-high seven rebounds in the effort. 
 
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