The state of the Colonial Athletic Association
This is the debut of C2M's weekly overview of the goings-on and upcoming events in the Colonial Athletic Conference in all varsity sports.
Games of the Week
Drexel vs. George Mason -- Thurs. Jan. 31 -- 7 p.m.
Trailing Mason by a game in the CAA, the Dragons will have an opportunity to move up into second place in the conference with a win Thursday against the Patriots. Riding a three-game win streak, Drexel has turned their season around after a slow start and are out to prove that they deserved to be named preseason CAA No. 1.
Northeastern vs. Drexel -- Sat. Feb. 2 -- 6 p.m.
Battle between the preseason CAA No. 1 and the current No. 1 in the CAA should make for a hi
ghly competitive contest. Northeastern---undefeated in conference play
---has won their last seven games and hope to make the Dragons their next victims. Drexel has been on a tear of their own and have sophomore guard Damion Lee to thank, who is leading the team in scoring with 17.2 points per game.
Damion Lee -- Drexel -- Sophomore -- 25.0 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game, 39 percent from three-point, 47 percent from the field -- [All stats from last week's games]
Week in Scoring: 20 points vs. Georgia State, 30 points vs. Delaware
Joel Smith -- Northeastern -- Senior -- 22.0 points per game, 5.0 assists per game, 50 percent from three-point, 71 percent from the field -- [All stats from last week's games]
Week in Scoring: 29 points vs. William & Mary, 15 points vs. George Mason
Games of the Week
Delaware vs. Northeastern -- Tues. Jan. 29 -- 7 p.m.
Ranked No. 24 in the nation and currently riding a 10-game win streak, the Blue Hens are the hottest team in the CAA and quite possibly the country. On the scoring production of future pro Elena Della Donne, Delaware is a physical presence for opposing teams. Northeastern will have its hands full in guarding Della Donne which should open things up for open looks for her teammates.
Old Dominion vs. Drexel -- Thurs. Jan. 31 -- 7 p.m.
After a career night against Northeastern knotching 33 points, Drexel's Hollie Mershon will have the opportunity to eclipse her new scoring best. Old Dominion is reeling from a tough loss to William & Mary and will need to keep tabs on Mershon, who has an inate ability to score, rebound and find her teammates for open shots.
Elena Della Donne -- Delaware -- Senior -- 25.0 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, 2.5 blocks per game, 61 percent from the field -- [All stats from last week's games]
Week in Scoring: 26 points vs. UNCW, 24 points vs. Drexel
Hollie Mershon -- Drexel -- Senior -- 25.0 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, 7.5 assists per game, 45 percent from the field, 36 percent from three-point -- [All stats from last week's games]
Week in Scoring: 33 points vs. Northeastern, 17 points vs. Delaware