ODU Announces Women's Basketball Schedule

August 08, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Aug. 8, 2002

NORFOLK, VA. - The 2002-03 Old Dominion University Lady Monarch schedule, featuring six 2002 NCAA Tournament, two Final Four participants, and the nine-team CAA slate in the inaugural season of the Constant Convocation Center as announced by athletic director Jim Jarrett.

Highlighting the home slate are dates with six-time national champion Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, and Rutgers.

"The official opening of the Lady Monarchs inaugural season in the Constant Center is a special time in the history of Old Dominion athletics, "said Jim Jarrett. "The University of Virginia offers outstanding competition for this opening game and I personally look forward to exciting atmosphere and great basketball, as the Lady Monarchs compete for another CAA Championship, and play one of the nation's toughest non-conference schedules."

The 2002-03 season will mark the Lady Monarchs' first season in the brand new, state of the art Constant Convocation Center after playing the last 32 years at the Old Dominion Fieldhouse. Old Dominion will open the season at the new facility on Nov. 22 with state rival Virginia, and continue its non-conference slate against Virginia Tech on Dec. 21 and North Carolina State on Dec. 30.

CAA Tournament runner-up UNC Wilmington will serve as the Lady Monarchs' conference opener on Jan.2, which will be followed by the 26-year old rivalry with Tennessee on Jan. 7. Rounding out the home non-conference part will be another long standing rival, Rutgers on Jan. 31.

The road portion of the Lady Monarchs' schedule begins with a trip to the island of St. Thomas for the University of the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Nov. 28-30 in an exempt tournament event featuring Arkansas, Duke and Hampton. The Lady Monarchs have not played Duke, last year's NCAA Final Four participant since the 1999 NCAA regional in Greensboro, NC. Hampton last appeared on the ODU schedule in the fall of 2000, while the Lady Razorbacks, who reached the second round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament, losing to Kansas State will meet ODU for the first time in school history.

Other key road dates include a match-up at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. with Seton Hall, and 2002 NCAA participants North Carolina and Penn State.

In addition to the highly competitive 2002-03 schedule, the new Constant Convocation Center will play host to the 2003 CAA Women's Championships Mar. 12-15 as well as the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

"This may be the strongest non-conference schedule we've played, especially considering the youth of our team," said Lady Monarch head coach Wendy Larry, who has compiled a 407-146 career collegiate record. "We are excited about beginning a new era in Lady Monarch basketball with the opening of the new Constant Convocation Center. The schedule is enhanced by our hosting the CAA and NCAA Tournaments, and our fans will have the opportunity to see great women's basketball from November through March."

The Lady Monarchs, winners of the last 11 straight CAA titles and three-time national champions, will welcome back six letterwinners from last year's squad which reached the NCAA Elite Eight, falling to undefeated national champion Connecticut. Returning to the court will be CAA Tournament MVP, and second team All-CAA honoree Okeisha Howard (Va. Beach, VA.), and CAA All-Tournament member Monique Coker (Bronx, NY.), while the Lady Monarchs welcome newcomers Lawona Davis (Port St. Lucie, FL.), Shantel Wilson (Washington, DC.), and Cassie Calwell (Raleigh, NC.), a transfer from Louisburg Junior College.

Season tickets are available for purchase now by call the Athletic Ticket Office at 683-4444.

Old Dominion University
Women's Basketball Schedule 2002-2003

2	Sat.	BLUE-WHITE GAME	                  Convocation Center	TBA
6	Wed.	EXHIBITION (Team Concept)	  Convocation Center	7:00 p.m.
13	Wed.	EXHIBITION (Basketball Travelers) Convocation Center	7:00 p.m.
22	Fri.	VIRGINIA	                  Convocation Center	7:00 p.m.
28-30	Thurs - Sat	University of Virgin Islands Paradise Jam	TBA
		(Arkansas, Duke, Hampton)

December 5 Thu. @ Seton Hall Continental Airlines TBA 8 Sun. @ North Carolina Carmichael Auditorium TBA 21 Sat. VIRGINIA TECH Convocation Center 2:00 p.m. 30 Mon. N.C. STATE Convocation Center 7:00 p.m. January 2 Thu. UNC-WILMINGTON* Convocation Center 7:00 p.m. 7 Tues. TENNESSEE Convocation Center 7:00 p.m. 10 Fri. @ Drexel* Daskalakis Athl.Ctr. TBA 12 Sun. @ George Mason * Patriot Center 2:00 p.m. 16 Thurs. JAMES MADISON * Convocation Center 7:00 p.m. 19 Sun. @ Towson * Towson Center 1:00 p.m. 21 Tues. @ Penn St. Bryce Jordan Center 7:00 p.m 24 Fr. VA COMMONWEALTH * Convocation Center 7:00 p.m. 26 Sun. HOFSTRA * Convocation Center 2:00 p.m. 31 Fri. RUTGERS Convocation Center 7:00 p.m. February 2 Sun. DELAWARE* Convocation Center 2:00 p.m. 6 Thurs. @ Virginia Commonwealth * Siegel Center 7:00 p.m. 9 Sun. @ James Madison * JMU Convocation Ctr. TBA 14 Fri. @ Delaware * Bob Carpenter Center 7:00 p.m. 16 Sun. @ Hofstra * Hofstra Arena 1:00 p.m. 21 Fri. DREXEL* Convocation Center 7:00pm 23 Sun. GEORGE MASON* Convocation Center 2:00pm 27 Thu. TOWSON* Convocation Center 7:00pm March 2 Sun. WILLIAM & MARY * Convocation Center 2:00 p.m. 6 Thurs. @ UNC Wilmington * Trask Coliseum 7:00 p.m. 9 Sun. @ William & Mary * William & Mary Hall 2:00 p.m. 12-15 Wed.-Sat CAA Tournament Convocation Center TBA *CAA Conference Games All home games will be played at the Constant Convocation Center.