Lady Monarchs Defeat Virginia Commonwealth 94-66
By ODU Athletics
Feb. 24, 2006
NORFOLK, VA-- Junior Tish Lyons (Newport News, VA) set a career-high with 22 points to lead the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs to a 93-65 win over rival Virginia Commonwealth Friday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The Lady Monarchs are now 17-7 overall and 15-0 in conference play. VCU drops to 12-13 (5-11) with the loss. Sophomore Shahida Williams (Newark, NJ) added her second career double-double with 14 points and ten boards
A traditional three-point play by Lyons with 10:11 to go gave the Lady Monarchs their largest lead of the first half at 21-10. After a Lyons trey gave ODU a 28-18 advantage, six points scored by Krystal Vaughn helped bring the Lady Rams within striking distance at 30-27 with 2:58 remaining in the half. The half would end on a three-pointer by sophomore T.J Jordan (Portsmouth, VA) that took the score to 39-31 heading into the locker room.
The second half would belong to Old Dominion, as the team shot a sizzling .767% from the field and scored 55 points. Sherida Triggs (Atlanta, GA) scored six points during a second half opening 18-7 run that lasted until the 13:59 mark. ODU would continue to build their lead as it seemed as though the team could not miss a bucker, grabbing a 29 point advantage (75-46) with 8:16 left in the game. A layup by Williams gave the Lady Monarchs their biggest lead of the night at 94-62 with a little over a minute left in the game. During ODU's second half explosion, every active Lady Monarch on the roster scored at least two points. The team also out rebounded VCU 28-12 during the half, and 49-35 for the game.
Including Lyons, five Lady Monarchs scored in double figures on the night. Triggs scored 11 points and hauled in seven rebounds, Lawona Davis (Port St. Lucie, FL) scored 10 points off 5-6 shooting, Jordan nailed three treys and scored 13 points, while Williams added her 14 and ten boards. Davis and Triggs both scored all of their point totals exclusively in the second half.
Old Dominion's 94 points were their largest output of the season.
Vaughan scored 25 points and added five rebounds to lead the Virginia Commonwealth effort. Freshman center and Chesapeake native Quanitra Hollingsworth notched a double-double with 11 points and ten rebounds, but fouled out for the second consecutive time matching up with ODU.
ODU returns to action Sunday afternoon as they host William & Mary at the Ted. Tip off is slated for 2:00 p.m.