#CAAHoops WBB Recap – February 9, 2024

#CAAHoops WBB Recap – February 9, 2024

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RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 9, 2024) – For those new to CAA Women’s Basketball, Friday may have come as a surprise, but many know it’s just the norm around here. The top two teams in the conference standings fell on Friday, and the three teams – Charleston, Monmouth and William & Mary – tied for third won, creating a scenario where the top five teams in the league are separated by just 1.0 game. The Cougars defeated North Carolina A&T, who remained in a tie for first with Stony Brook, following the Seawolves’ setback to Towson. Monmouth and W&M earned road victories, defeating Northeastern and Delaware, respectively. In addition, Campbell and Elon were victorious. 
 
Towson 83, Stony Brook 78 (OT) | Box Score
Towson (13-8, 5-5 CAA) outscored Stony Brook (18-3, 8-2 CAA) 12-7 in overtime, handing the Seawolves their first loss at home this season, 83-78. It was the opposite circumstances that occurred when the teams met on Jan. 12, with Stony Brook holding Towson without a field goal over the final 4:11. This time around, the Tigers used an 8-0 in the extra period to take a 79-73 lead and allowed just one field goal by SBU – at the buzzer – in the final 3:41. Kylie Kornegay-Lucas, who hit the dagger to put TU up four with 56 seconds remaining, scored a game and season-high 25 points. Patricia Anumgba added 22 points for the Tigers. The backcourt duo accounted for all of Towson’s points in overtime, scoring six points each. Khari Clark paced Stony Brook with 23 points and eight rebounds, while Gigi Gonzalez added 19 points, and Sherese Pittman contributed 17. The Seawolves, who lead the CAA in free throw percentage (77.4) entering Friday, shot just 55.2 percent at the charity strip, going 16-for-29 on the night. Subsequently, Towson took advantage of its opportunities, knocking down 16-of-18 tries. 
 
Charleston 66, North Carolina A&T 62 | Box Score
Jenna Annecchiarico stole an inbounds pass, and Anika McGarity knocked down the go-ahead three in the final 35 seconds of Friday night’s contest to send Charleston (15-6, 7-3 CAA) past North Carolina A&T (14-7, 8-2 CAA) 66-62. It marks a season sweep for the Cougars, who snapped A&T’s eight-game winning streak. Charleston remains the only team to defeat the Aggies in conference play. Chaniya Clark hit what appeared to be the dagger, knocking down a three from the top of the key with 50 seconds remaining to give A&T a 61-57 lead. However, Charleston ended the game with a 9-1 run in the final 35 seconds to pull off the improbable comeback. The Cougars trailed for over 28 minutes in the contest and led for just four, but CofC scored 44 points in the second half, outscoring A&T by 10 after the break. Annecchiarico had a game-high 20 points, adding seven assists and five rebounds. Additionally, Taryn Barbot recorded her first double-double with 15 points and a career-best 11 rebounds. Four Aggies reached double figures, led by Maleia Bracone with 13 points. Clark also tallied a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards. 
 
William & Mary 62, Delaware 58 | Box Score
Cassidy Geddes hit the go-ahead three with 36 seconds remaining to lift William & Mary (11-10, 7-3 CAA) over Delaware (8-14, 4-6 CAA) 62-58. It was the second barnburner in as many games between the Tribe and Blue Hens this season, but W&M came out on top both times, earning the season sweep of Delaware. Geddes scored 15 of her game-high 20 points in the second half, including the final four points for the Tribe. Nylah Young added 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, and Anahi-Lee Cauley had 10 points with seven rebounds to round out the players in double figures for W&M. The Tribe took control with a 9-0 run in the first, gaining a 15-7 advantage before leading by five at the end of one. Delaware battled back, and two baskets in the final 37 seconds of the first half gave the Blue Hens a 29-28 lead into the break. However, W&M outmatched Delaware 20-10 in the third behind 11 points from Geddes, and the Tribe persevered down the stretch. Nine Blue Hens scored in the contest with eight, recording at least five points. Tara Cousins paced UD with nine points. 
 
Monmouth 50, Northeastern 41 | Box Score
Monmouth (14-7, 7-3 CAA) extended its road winning streak to eight straight games, defeating Northeastern (8-12, 4-6 CAA) in Boston, 50-41, on Friday afternoon. The Hawks had a balanced scoring effort with six players contributing five or more points and dominated the boards, outrebounding the Huskies 43-26 to emerge victoriously. Jania Hall paced Monmouth with 11 points off the bench, adding seven rebounds, while Belle Kranbuhl had a season-high 10 points with nine rebounds, nearly missing a double-double. Defensively, the Hawks limited NU to 29.6 percent (8-27) shooting in the first half, allowing Monmouth to build a 27-19 halftime advantage. Trailing 10-7 in the first, Monmouth went on an 8-0 to take the lead and never relinquish it. The Hawks held Northeastern to just five points in the second quarter before outscoring the Huskies by one in the second half. Derin Erdogan led NU with 13 points, and Deja Bristol added 10 points, extending their double-digit scoring streaks to 15 and 11 games, respectively. 
 
Campbell 77, UNCW 57 | Box Score
Campbell (12-9, 5-5 CAA) shot over 50.0 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from three-point range, defeating UNCW (4-17, 2-8 CAA) 77-57 on Friday night. The Camels earned a season split against the in-state foe, avenging its loss at UNCW on Jan. 19. Four Camels reached double figures, led by Gianni Boone with a season-high 14 points off the bench. Sarah Fitzgerald added 12 points in reserve minutes as Campbell outscored the Seahawks 33-12 in bench points. Brittney Staves and Christabel Ezumah also reached double-digit points, with 12 and 10, respectively. Trailing 6-2 in the first, Campbell came alive with a 16-0 run and never looked back. The Camels shot 50.0 percent or better in three of four quarters and surpassed 20 points in the second and third. UNCW was paced by two freshmen. Taylor Henderson tallied a game-high 20 points with a team-best six rebounds, and Kylah Silver added 10 points. Campbell also outrebounded UNCW 40-21 and outscored the Seahawks 38-18 in the paint.
 
Elon 69, Hampton 51 | Box Score
Elon’s (8-15, 4-6 CAA) defense has been solid all year, and with a lift from the offense, the Phoenix defeated Hampton (2-18, 2-8 CAA) 69-51 on Friday night. Elon limited Hampton to 30.0 percent (18-60) shooting, and the 69 points were the most by the Phoenix in CAA play. Ajia James paced Elon with 17 points off the bench, going 4-for-7 from three-point range. Vanessa Taylor added 12 points, while 10 players scored for the Phoenix in the contest. In addition, Iycez Adams grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to go with eight points. A 9-0 run in the first gave Elon the lead before the Phoenix pushed it to double-digits by scoring the opening six points in the second quarter. Elon maintained a double-digit margin the rest of the way, extending its lead to as many as 25 with an 8-0 run in the third. Camryn Hill paced Hampton with 19 points and seven rebounds, and Cheyenne Talbot reached double figures with 10 points. 
 
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