And then there were four….
After four great quarterfinal matchups on Friday, the final four of the CAA tournament is set.
In the first semifinal matchup, regular season champion James Madison will try to continue their domination of the conference as they take on fourth-seeded Drexel.
Madison advance to the quarterfinals by way of their 69-56 win over UNCW. Despite beating the Seahawks by 36 and 49 points in their regular season meetings, the Seahawks kept things close for much of the game.
In the end, the Dukes were just too much thanks in large part to sophomore Precious Hall who went four for six from beyond the arc. The Dukes should expect another tough matchup against Drexel.
Drexel was caught in a close matchup against Hofstra, but managed to keep control for a 60-55 win in a game they never trailed. The Dragons were led by sophomore Meghan Creighton who matched a career-high with 20 points.
Madison defeated Drexel in both of their regular season meetings, but history is on the side of the Dragons. Drexel eliminated Madison in the semifinals each of the last two years. Can they do it again on Saturday?
In the second semifinal, defending conference champions Delaware will face Charleston. The two teams split their first two meetings this season, and now the rubber match will determine who will move on to the conference finals.
The Blue Hens were forced to come from behind in their quarterfinal matchup with Northeastern, thanks in large part to senior Kelsey Buchanan who scored 13 of her 21 points in the final eight minutes of the game.
Charleston’s 70-64 quarterfinal win over Towson was not quite as close, but no less compelling.
In what was their inaugural CAA tournament game, the Cougars managed to defeat a Towson team that they had not beaten this season having fallen in each of their two matchups this season. They will try to do so again Saturday against a Delaware team they narrowly fell to in their only meeting in the regular season.
The Cougars will be led by their two All-CAA seniors Afreyea Tolbert and Alyssa Frye, who combined for 34 points and 14 rebounds against Towson.
Here is the semifinal schedule for Saturday:
#1 James Madison vs #4 Drexel 12:00 p.m.
#2 Delaware vs #3 Charleston 2:30 p.m.
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