Feb. 2, 2013
#A10WBB NOTEBOOK | STANDINGS | STATISTICS
WHAT'S ON TAP FOR THE WEEKEND (*denotes A-10 Conference game)
Sunday, February 3
*#17/15 Dayton at Richmond | ESPNU | 11:00 AM
*George Washington at La Salle | 1:00 PM
*Duquesne at Charlotte | 2:00 PM
*St. Bonaventure at Xavier | 2:00 PM
*Temple at Massachusetts | 2:00 PM
- Charlotte's Jennifer Hailey and Dayton's Amber Deane have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the league office announced on Monday. The award marks the third-straight and fourth overall for Deane, while Hailey collects the citation for the second time this season. Both student-athletes were recognized for games played during the week of Jan. 21-27.
- For the 11th consecutive week Dayton is ranked in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Polls. Dayton (17-1, 5-0 A-10) remained No. 17 in the AP Top 25 with 357 points. UD moved up one spot to No. 15 in USA Today Coaches Poll with 319 points.
-The A-10 remains eighth in the latest RPI Report released on Monday, Jan. 27. The Flyers continue to pace the league, coming in 21st among the nation's top teams, while six additional teams are ranked among the top 100 - Duquesne (37), Saint Joseph's (46), Fordham (82), Charlotte (84), Richmond (90) and Butler (100).
- Richmond plays host to Dayton on Sunday in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPNU on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Melissa Lee will handle play-by-play duties while Christy Winters Scott will serve as the color analyst.
-The Duquesne senior class of Vanessa Abel, Jocelyn Floyd, Ahjah Hall and Carly Vendemia now has 81 career wins and needs only four more to become the all-time winningest class in program history. The Dukes remained a perfect 6-0 in conference play after defeating George Washington in double-overtime, 63-59. This marks the first time that Duquesne has been 6-0 in the Atlantic 10. | Video: Duquesne WBB enjoying season of `first' - CLICK HERE
-George Washington (8-12, 2-4 A-10) is coming off a heartbreaking 63-59 double overtime loss to league-leading Duquesne on Wednesday afternoon. Graduate student Sara Mostafa and senior Danni Jackson each scored a team-best 17 points. The game was tied at halftime, and GW led by as many as 11 in the second period, but the Dukes forced overtime and eventually won with an 8-1 run in the second extra session.
-La Salle's Brittany Wilson, the A-10's leading scorer this season at 18.3 points per game, poured in a season-high 30 points in Wednesday's victory against Massachusetts. The game marked Wilson's tenth game this season in which she has recorded more than 20 points.
-Temple (9-11, 2-3 A-10) is 30-19 all-time against Massachusetts, and the Owls have won 11 of the last 12. The lone loss came in 2009 when the Minutewomen took a 71-60 win in Amherst. Temple has since won three in a row, including a 76-48 win on the road two years ago and a 77-50 win at home last season.
-UMass senior Jasmine Watson recorded her 15th career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds against La Salle.
-The Billikens (9-12, 3-3 A-10) snapped a 14-game losing streak to Xavier (6-14, 0-6 A-10), on Thursday as they defeated the Musketeers for the first time since Feb. 20, 1988, when the teams were both members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
SATURDAY (2/2) RESULTS
FORDHAM 71, VCU 41
BRONX, N.Y. - Continuing the team's best start in the A-10 since joining the league nearly two decades ago, four Fordham players scored in double figures as the Rams defeated VCU, 71-41, in the first ever matchup between the two teams Saturday afternoon in Rose Hill Gym.
With the win, Fordham improved to 15-6 overall and 5-1 in the A-10, matching its highest ever win total in A-10 play, while VCU fell to 8-14 and 1-6 in the conference.
Fordham's Erin Rooney and Marah Strickland paced the way for the Rams with 13 points apiece in the first half, with each draining five field goals and three jumpers from beyond the arc. Rooney and Strickland both finished the afternoon with a team-high 18 points.
VCU's Robyn Parks led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field. She has now scored in double-figures in 21 consecutive games this season.
SAINT JOSEPH'S 78, RHODE ISLAND 51
KINGSTON, R.I. - Saint Joseph's women's basketball team defeated Rhode Island, 78-51, Saturday afternoon at the Ryan Center. Led by redshirt senior Chatilla van Grinsven's 18 points and nine rebounds, the Hawks won their seventh straight game, improving to 15-5 overall and 6-0 in the Atlantic 10 for the first time since 2003-04.
With the loss, Rhode Island fell 5-16 overall and 0-6 in the conference.
Taking control from the start, the Hawks jumped out to a 13-2 edge. Converting on six of its first seven possessions, Saint Joseph's took a double-digit lead on a pair of free throws by van Grinsven just 3:31 into the game.
Hitting 14-of-28 from the floor, Saint Joseph's opened up 21-point lead in the opening period before taking a 38-21 lead into the half. In the second half, the Hawks continued to hold the Rams at a distance, outscoring Rhode Island 40-30 in the stanza and allowing the Rams to get no closer than 14 points before increasing the lead to 32 in the final minutes.
For the game, the Hawks hit 31-of-56 from the field, including 4-of-15 from behind the arc (26.7 percent) and 12-of-14 from the foul line (85.7 percent).
At the other end, Rhode Island was held to only 32.1 percent shooting (18-of-56), despite being led by a game-high 21 points from freshman Tayra Melendez.