Tournament preview

March 08, 2006|By BILL FREE

CAA women

What -- Colonial Athletic Associa tion women's tournament

Where -- Patriot Center, Fairfax, Va.

When -- Today through Saturday

2005 champion -- Old Dominion

2006 favorite -- Old Dominion. The top-seeded Monarchs (19-8 over all, 17-1 CAA), seeking their 15th straight CAA title, feature a balanced attack. Four players average in dou ble figures in scoring, led by TJ Jor dan at 13.3 points a game. The Mon archs' only league loss came to James Madison on the road six days ago, 75-68. Old Dominion tops the CAA in field-goal percentage (.461), three-point percentage (.360) and assists per game (16.48).

Dark horse -- William and Mary. The fifth-seeded Tribe (15-12, 11-7) posted the best turnaround in CAA history this season by winning nine more league games than last. Sopho more forward Kyra Kaylor is the league's leading scorer (18.4) and re bounder (11.8). Freshman guard Dani Kell (Roland Park) has started all 27 games and is fourth on the team in scoring (9.9) and second in rebounding (5.6).

Player to watch -- Quanitra Hollingsworth, Virginia Common wealth. This 17-year-old is the youn gest Division I player in the country. The 6-foot-4 freshman center has climbed to eighth in the CAA in scor ing (14.9), third in rebounding (11.0) and third in blocks (2.37).

Outlook -- Towson (9-18, 4-14), the No. 10 seed, has had all kinds of depth problems, being reduced to eight players. The Tigers will open the tournament at noon today, meet ing seventh-seeded Drexel.

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