Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The most efficient players in the CAA


Who have been the most efficient players through the first half of the Colonial Athletic Association season?

Efficiency is a way of wrapping up a player's statistical contributions in one number. The idea is to give a player credit for positive stats (points, assists, steals, etc.) and deduct for not-so-good numbers (missed shots, turnovers). There are various methods of calculating it, but we'll use the NBA/WNBA formula, which is as follows:

((Points + Rebounds + Assists + Steals + Blocks) – ((Field Goals Att. – Field Goals Made) + (Free Throws Att. – Free Throws Made) + Turnovers))

In the same way the RPI shouldn't be used as the end-all guide for how teams rank, efficiency scores don't tell the whole story on how players rank. For example, as is the case with any other stat we've seen in women's basketball, the ability to lock someone down defensively isn't measured (sorry, Nikki Newman). Still, it is a good way to sum up a player's boxscore contributions, and let's face it, points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks are all anyone writes about in game stories anyway. And if it's good enough for the NBA and WNBA, we figure it won't hurt for us to give it a whirl.

With that in mind, here are the Top 50 average player efficiency scores through nine CAA games:


1. Elena Delle Donne, Delaware - 30.4
   NOTE: Delle Donne's average efficiency score for the whole season is 31.5. By comparison, Baylor's Brittney Griner is at 28.4, Stanford's Nneka Ogwumike checks in at 24.3 and Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins is at 19.2. So if anyone wants to make a case for Delle Donne as the national player of the year, this would be a great place to start.

2. Tia Lewis, Old Dominion - 19.1

3 (tie). - Taleia Moton, George Mason - 19.0

3 (tie) - Courtney Hurt, VCU - 19.0

5. Shante Evans, Hofstra - 17.9

6. Janine Aldridge, William and Mary - 17.1

7. Jewell Tunstull, Northeastern - 15.2

8. Andrea Barbour, VCU - 13.6

9. Hollie Mershon, Drexel - 13.4

10. Candice Bellocchio, Hofstra - 13.0

11 (tie). Kirby Burkholder, JMU - 12.9

11 (tie). Emily Correal, William and Mary - 12.9

13. Deanna Kerkhof, Northeastern - 12.1

13 (tie) Amber Easter, George Mason - 12.1

15. Taysha Pye, William and Mary - 11.8

16. Jackie Cook, Old Dominion - 11.6

17. Kate Loper, Hofstra - 11.1

18. Danielle Parker, Delaware - 11.0

19. Abria Trice, UNC Wilmington - 10.8

20. Chandra Harris, Georgia State - 10.4

21 (tie). Karneisha Garrett, UNC Wilmington - 10.2

21 (tie). Kamile Nacickaite, Drexel 10.2

23 (tie). Deree Fooks, Towson - 10.0

23 (tie). Rahneeka Saunders, George Mason - 10.0

23 (tie). Janaa Pickard, George Mason - 10.0

26. Lauren Carra, Delaware - 9.7

27. Nikki Newman, James Madison - 9.6

28 (tie). Alisha Andrews, UNC Wilmington - 9.1

28 (tie). Jessica Freeman, UNC Wilmington - 9.1

28 (tie). Candace Bond, Hofstra - 9.1

31. Ayoola Weaver, UNC Wilmington - 8.7

32. Jaclyn McKenna, William and Mary - 8.6

33 (tie). Toia Giggetts, James Madison - 8.4

33 (tie). Katherine DeHenzel, William and Mary - 8.4

35. Ashley Betz-White, Old Dominion - 8.3

36 (tie). Taylor Wooton, Drexel - 8.1

36 (tie). Alana Beroth, Georgia State - 8.1

38 (tie). Krystal Parnell, Towson - 8.0

38 (tie). Mairi Buchan, Old Dominion - 8.0

40 (tie). Evelyn Lewis, George Mason - 7.9

40 (tie). Tyler Hale, Drexel - 7.9

42 (tie). Jamie Conroy, Northeastern - 7.8

42 (tie). Akeema Richards, Delaware - 7.8

44 (tie). Kristyn Fields, Towson - 7.4

44 (tie). Lauren Whitehurst, James Madison - 7.4

46 (tie) Nicole Capurso, Hofstra - 7.2

46 (tie). Jocelyn Bailey, Delaware - 7.2

48. Aprill McRae, VCU - 6.9

49 (tie). Tarik Hislop, James Madison - 6.7

49 (tie). Marie Malone, Hofstra - 6.7

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