oFifth-Seeded Lady Monarchs To Meet Top-Seeded Connecticut In Greensboro Regional Sunday
By ODU Athletics
March 28, 2008
ABOUT THE LADY MONARCHS: The Old Dominion women's basketball team, winners in 25 of their last 26 contests, are ready to keep dancing. Old Dominion heads to the "Sweet 16" for the first time since the 2002 season and and accomplished the feat by dispatching in-state rival, Liberty, 82-62, in the first round and using a thrilling 88-85 overtime victory against another in-state rival, Virginia, in round number two. While any given Lady Monarch can step up and lead the squad, as made evident by eight different players leading the team in scoring, Old Dominion continues to be led by senior T.J. Jordan. Jordan, the CAA's and ODU's all-time leading three-point shooter leads Old Dominion with 13.0. Along with Jordan, junior Tiffany Green, at 11.3 points per game, and sophomore super-sub and "sixth Lady" Jessica Canady, at 11.0 points per game, also are pouring in double figures. Green also leads the rebounding corps at 7.6 boards per game.
LADY MONARCH MOMENTS:
Since joining the CAA in the 1991-92 season, Old Dominion has captured the league tournament title each season for an NCAA record 17 consecutive league titles and owns a 50-0 record in CAA Tournament action. First round match-up Liberty has won 11 Big South titles in a row, while "Sweet 16" opponent Connecticut won nine titles from 1994-02.
Old Dominion is certainly ready for the postseason
having faced a difficult schedule. The Lady
Monarchs have played seven games against ranked
opponents, including three against the nation's top
10 - who at one point were ranked No. 1, No. 2,
and No. 3 in the nation (Tennessee, Connecticut,
Old Dominion holds a 34-23 overall mark in
the NCAA Tournament having captured the national
title in 1985. Overall Old Dominion has made 25
appearances. Additionally the Lady Monarchs took
home the AIAW titles in 1979 and 1980.
With an 82-62 victory over Liberty last Sunday
afternoon, the Lady Monarchs picked up its first
win in NCAA action since the 2002 season snapping
a six-game NCAA losing streak.
With an 88-85 victory over Virginia on
Tuesday night, Old Dominion heads off to the
"Sweet 16" for the first time since 2002. It will be
their 12th "Sweet 16" appearance.
The Lady Monarchs have advanced to 12
"Sweet 16's", five "Elite Eights", and three "Final
Old Dominion is now 16-9 in NCAA first
round games with a 82-62 victory over 12th-seeded
Old Dominion is now 10-6 in NCAA second
round games following an 88-85 thrilling overtime
upset over fourth-seeded Virginia.
POSSIBLE MATCH-UPS IN GREENSBORO:
COMPARE AND CONTRAST:
ODU - UConn
75.6 - Scoring - 65.4
.440 - Field Goal Percentage - .406
.349 .- 3PT Field Goal Percentage - .320
.651 - Free Throw Percentage - .678
42.9 - Rebounds Per Game - 39.3
16.9 - Assists Per Game - 15.1
18.2 - Turnovers Per Game - 17.5
10.9 - Steals Per Game - 9.8
5.3 - Blocks Per Game - 2.5
SERIES WITH CONNECTICUT: Old Dominion is 1-6 all-time against the Huskies. The lone Lady Monarch victory in the series occurred on February 13, 1999 with a 82-77 victory at the ODU Fieldhouse, the former homecourt of the Lady Monarchs before moving to the Ted Constant Convocation Center in 2002.
SERIES WITH CONNECTICUT IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Old Dominion and Connecticut have squared away in the NCAA Tournament only once...and it was the last time the Lady Monarchs reached a regional. The Huskies stopped ODU's 2002 NCAA run at the "Elite Eight" with a 85-64 victory.
LAST TIME VS. CONNECTICUT: Tina Charles had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 2 Connecticut to an 86-43 victory against Old Dominion at the Paradise Jam back on November 23rd. The Huskies, ranked second in the nation at the time, improved to 4-0 on the year. Connecticut also got 12 points from Renee Montgomery and 10 points apiece from Maya Moore and Kalana Greene. The Huskies started slow, falling behind halfway through the first period, but pulled ahead 37-20 by halftime. T.J. Jordan led Old Dominion, who suffered its first loss of the season, with 13 points. Trailing 14-13 with 10:52 to play, Connecticut rattled off nine unanswered points. They ended the half on 15-1 run that included four baskets by Charles from close range to go ahead 37- 20. The Huskies shot 65 percent from the floor and held Old Dominion to 29 percent, including 3-for-18 from behind the arc.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST:
ODU - RU
75.6 Scoring - 61.2
.440 - Field Goal Percentage - .444
.349 - 3PT Field Goal Percentage - .326
.651 - Free Throw Percentage - .666
42.9 - Rebounds Per Game - 36.5
16.9 Assists Per Game - . 13.4
18.2 - Turnovers Per Game - 14.9
10.9 - Steals Per Game - 7.9
5.3 - Blocks Per Game - 4.0
SERIES WITH RUTGERS: Old Dominion is 13-10 all-time against the Scarlet Knights. Should the two squads meet it will mark the eighth consecutive season the Lady Monarchs and Scarlet Knights have squared off.
SERIES WITH RUTGERS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Old Dominion and Rutgers have faced each other in the NCAA Tournament only once. The Scarlet Knights defeated the Lady Monarchs, 88-78, back on March 19, 1988 in the second round of tournament action.
LAST TIME VERSUS RUTGERS: The Old Dominion women's basketball team defeated a Rutgers squad which advanced to the national championship game in a 72-55 victory back on December 30, 2006. The visiting Scarlet Knights held a 12-point, 25- 13, lead with 5:41 left in the first half before the Lady Monarchs came storming back. Former Lady Monarch Sherida Triggs sparked a 16-2 run with the traditional three-point play to tie the game at 29-29 with with 2:18 remaining in the half. Rutgers did manage to close out the half on a 6-0 run and entered the locker room ahead, 35-29. Rutgers led by as many as eight in the second half, but after Brittany Ray hit a three to give the Scarlet Knights a 45-37 advantage with 16:52 left, Old Dominion took over the game. From that point, the Lady Monarchs would outscore the Scarlet Knights, 35- 10. Following Ray's three, Old Dominion went on a 17- 2 run holding Rutgers without a field goal for over five minutes. Triggs, who went perfect from the line, returned the lead for good to Old Dominion hitting four consecutive free throws. Her final shot from the charity stripe gave Old Dominion a 48-47 lead at the 12:59 mark and from there the lead only grew for the Lady Monarchs. After Triggs' points from the line, Old Dominion went ahead by seven, 54-47, before Rutgers' Kia Vaughan finally put an end to their scoring drought. The Scarlet Knights would only score six more points in the game over the final 9:50. Down the stretch Rutgers was held to only one field goal and shot just 4-of-10 from the free throw line. Old Dominion shot 47.9 percent (23-of-48) for the game including a blistering 52.2 percent (12-of-23) in the second half. Rutgers was held to 22.2 percent (6-of-27) shooting from floor in half number two after hitting 48.1 percent (13-of-27) in the first half. The Lady Monarchs also had a hot hand from the free throw line. After shooting just 33.3 percent (2-of-6) from the charity stripe in the first half, Old Dominion connected on 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the line in the second. Overall four Lady Monarchs registered double figures. Former Lady Monarch Tish Lyons came off the bench to tie Triggs with a team-high 14. T.J. Jordan and sophomore Tiffany Green each scored 10. Then-freshman Epiphanny Prince led all scorers with 17, while Kia Vaughn added 16. Essence Carson, who entered the game averaging 10.3 points per game, was held scoreless.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST:
ODU - GWU
75.6 - Scoring - 68.1
.440 - Field Goal Percentage - .429
.349 - 3PT Field Goal Percentage - .338
.651 - Free Throw Percentage - .704
42.9 - Rebounds Per Game - 37.1
16.9 - Assists Per Game - 15.5
18.2 - Turnovers Per Game - 13.4
10.9 - Steals Per Game - 9.8
5.3 - Blocks Per Game - 3.8
SERIES WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON: The Old Dominion/George Washington series is tied at 2-2 with the Lady Monarchs' last victory in 1996 during the Preseason WNIT.
SERIES WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Old Dominion and George Washington have met only once in post-season action. The Colonials handed the Lady Monarchs an 87-72 defeat in first round action back in 2006 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
LAST TIME VS. GEORGE WASHINGTON: Sarah-Jo Lawrence scored 20 points and the Colonials held off a desperate rally by the host Lady Monarchs 87-72 back on March 19, 2006 in the first round of the Cleveland Regional. The 10th-seeded Old Dominion Lady Monarchs ended the first half with the Colonials ahead 40-18 and the Lady Monarchs in desperation mode. With the crowd trying to help, Old Dominion trimmed its deficit to single digits for the first time since the first half with 5:06 left. It got as close as seven twice in the final 2:13, but the Colonials held onto the ball, and the victory. Old Dominion finished with 20 turnovers leading to 23 Colonials points. George Washington also shot 58 percent and scored 56 of its points close to the basket. Kimberly Beck added 15 points and 13 assists for the Colonials, Whitney Allen had 13 and sisters Jessica and Jazmine Adair both had good afternoons. Jessica had 14 points on 5-for-5 shooting, and Jazzmin had 10 points and 10 rebounds.Shahida Williams led Old Dominion with 19 points, Lawona Davis had 17, with all but two coming in the second half, and Sherida Triggs 15 and seven rebounds.
IT'S NOT THE SIZE OF THE DOG IN THE FIGHT; IT'S THE SIZE OF THE FIGHT IN THE DOG: Just because junior Jazzmin Walters is 5-2, doesn't mean she can't ball. The smallest player in ODU history may had made one of the biggest shots in Lady Monarchs lore. Walters connected on a threepointer from way beyond the arc with 4.8 seconds left in overtime to send Old Dominion to the "Sweet 16" for the first time since 2002. Walters finished the game with a team-leading and career-high 17 points along with posting her first career doubledouble by dishing out the ball 10 times while committing just one turnover.
REJECTION: Junior Tiffany Green certainly proved why she made the CAA's All-Defensive Team on Tuesday night in second round action against Virginia. Following Jazzmin Walter's three-pointer with 4.8 seconds left in overtime, Green blocked a shot by the Cavalier's Lyndra Littles at the top of the key helping to seal Old Dominion's 12th berth to a regional game. Green's block in the final seconds also tied her career-high with six.
O-T: Tuesday's 88-85 NCAA Second Round overtime victory over Virginia was Old Dominion's first overtime game of the season. It was the fifth all-time overtime game in the NCAA Tournament for the Lady Monarchs where Old Dominion is now 5-0 in post-season extra session. Overall, Old Dominion is 11-3 when playing past regulation.
AS CLOSE CAN GET: Old Dominion has certainly had some close games, but the 88-85 overtime victory was the Lady Monarchs' first game decided by three points or less all season.
ITS A TEAM EFFORT: Five different Lady Monarchs scored in ODU's victory over Virginia making it the fourth time this season Old Dominion had five different student-athletes record double digits in a game.
SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES: Its a good sign when the Lady Monarchs have a hot hand. Old Dominion is 27-0 when shooting 40 percent or better in a game.
MONKEY OFF THE BACK: With a 82-62 first round win over 12th-seeded Liberty, the Lady Monarchs broke a six-game losing streak in the NCAA Tournament, and a streak of five straight losses in the opening round. When reaching the second round, Old Dominion has been efficient, as the team has now won seven straight second round games.
SETTING SOME RECORDS STRAIGHT: Two Lady Monarchs placed their names in tournament record books in the 82-62 first round win over Liberty. Senior forward Shahida Williams' 10-for-11 shooting (.909) is tied for 7th highest shooting percentage All-Time in the NCAA Tournament (minimum - 10 made). Williams posted 20 points to set a new career-mark. Megan Pym, who set new careerhigh in blocks with seven, is tied for eight all-time in the opening round and tied for 10th all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
PHEW...WHAT A COMEBACK: Old Dominion rallied from an 18-point deficit in its 71-64 victory over third-seed Virginia Commonwealth in the 2008 CAA Championship game. It was the largest deficit in the championship game the Lady Monarchs have ever had to rally from. The win gave Old Dominion its NCAA record 17th straight conference title.
1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9..10..11.. 12..13..14..15..16..17: The Lady Monarchs won their 17th straight conference title, more than any other women's team. Liberty, who was Old Dominion's first round opponent, is next on the list having accumulated 11 straight Big South titles. "Sweet 16" opponent Connecticut won nine titles from 1994-02.
UNDEFEATED - AT HOME: Old Dominion closes out the year with a 16-0 home record. They finished non-conference play at 5-0, CAA play at 9-0, and also earned two NCAA Tournament victories.
HOME COURT STREAK: The Lady Monarchs are tied with Hartford for the the nation's top active home court win streak. Old Dominion has won 26 straight home contests dating back to the Dec. 20, 2006, 72-55, victory over national runner-up Rutgers. ODU's last loss at the Ted Constant Convocation Center was against national champion Tennessee, 59-75, back on Dec. 22, 2006.
CAA HOME COURT STREAK: The Lady Monarchs have won 34 straight home CAA contests dating back to the January 14, 2005, 78-59, victory over Virginia Commonwealth. ODU's last conference loss at the Ted Constant Convocation Center was against Delaware, 70-73, on January 9, 2005. Old Dominion holds a 161-2 home CAA mark.
HELLO TOP 10 - AP: It might have been for only one week, but the Lady Monarchs did make an appearance in the Associated Press Poll's Top Ten. The Lady Monarchs returned to the Top Ten of the AP Poll for the first time since the end of the 1999 season when Old Dominion appeared in the poll at No. 10 during the week of February 18th. . Old Dominion, who started the season unranked, returned to the Top 25 in the AP for week four following their upset victory over Michigan State on December 2nd. The Lady Monarchs are currently ranked 11th in the poll.
HELLO TOP 25 - ESPN/USA TODAY: The Lady Monarchs cracked the Top 25 of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll during week seven coming at No. 23 following SEC road wins at Kentucky and Vanderbilt. It was the Lady Monarchs first appearance in the Coaches' Poll since the second week of the 2002-03 season. Old Dominion ranked as high as No. 11 the week of February 25th and enters the NCAA Tournament at No. 13.
ANOTHER 500 VICTORY MILESTONE: Old Dominion head coach Wendy Larry cracked another half-century mark. In Old Dominion's 74- 51 CAA semifinal victory over fifth-seeded Towson, Larry earned her 500th win at the helm of the Lady Monarch program. To date, Larry has captured a 503-164 mark in 21 seasons as the head coach of the Lady Monarchs. 501 was just as sweet as it gave her and her team its 17th consecutive CAA title. Larry reached her 500th career win last season against Chicago State and has a 552-195 overall mark in 24 seasons as the leader of the Old Dominion, Arizona State, and Virginia Wesleyan programs.
ANOTHER THREE POINT RECORD: Senior T.J. Jordan became the CAA's all-time leader in three-point field goals with her first three of the night in a 82-44 win over George Mason on February 28th. She hit the record breaking trey with 19:46 left in the second half. "At halftime I was telling myself 'take your time, take open shots'," said Jordan. "The ball was reversed back to me and they were guarding me pretty far back with their hands down. It felt good when it left my hand. I knew it was going in." Modestly Jordan added of her record, "It means a lot." Jordan surpassed the previous record of 309 held by Julie Jones (Richmond - 1988-92). Jordan is just one of three total and two active CAA women's basketball players to hit 300 or more career three's joining Jones and Drexel's Narissa Suber. Jordan currently has 322 three point field goal made to date.
RACKING UP THE WIN COLUMN: The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs enter the postseason with a 31-4 overall mark. Its the most wins for the program since the 1996-97 season when the Lady Monarchs captured a 34-2 overall mark and reached the championship game of the NCAA Tournament. Old Dominion has now posted six 30+ win seasons in history.
CRACKING A TOP TEN: Junior Jazzmin Walters cracked the the top ten junior assist list at Old Dominion on February 7th in the Lady Monarchs' 71-61 win at George Mason. Walters, who entered the game needing two assists to crack the list, dished out six against the Patriots and vaulted immediately into seventh place. Walters now stands at second on the list with 176 assists to her name in the 2007-08 season with only ODU legends Nancy Lieberman and Ticha Penicheiro ahead of her on the list.
ANOTHER LIST: With six rebounds against Towson in the Lady Monarchs' CAA semifinal victory over Towson, sophomore super-sub Jessica Canady moved onto the ODU Sophomore Rebounding list. Canady currently sits in 10th with 223 rebounds in her second year with the Lady Monarchs.
ABOUT TO CRACK TWO LISTS: Junior Tiffany Green could possibly put her name onto two Old Dominion records lists when the Lady Monarchs take on Connecticut in this weekend's Greensboro regional. Green has 985 points needing 15 more to become the 26th Lady Monarch in history to notch 1,000 career points. She would join teammate T.J. Jordan as the only other active member on the list. Green also also hauled in 265 board in her third season with the team needing just five more rebounds to move into the top 10 of the Old Dominion junior rebounding list.
PASSING A LEGEND: Senior T.J. Jordan has moved up nine spots on the ODU all-time scoring list since the beginning of the season. Jordan has already surpassed current WNBA Sacramento Monarch Ticha Penicheiro. twotime CAA Player of the Year and 2002 WNBA draftee Lucienne Berthieu, fellow Hampton Roads native and three-time CAA MVP Shareese Grant, 2002 WNBA draftee and Houston Comets member Hamchetou Maiga on the all-time list. Jordan currently has 1,522 career points and sits in 13th on the all-time list.
IT'S A CLINCHER: The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs clinched the 2008 CAA regular season title and the top seed for the CAA Tournament in a 82-44 win over George Mason back on February 28th. The Lady Monarchs have been the No. 1 seed at the CAA Tournament 14 times in the last 17 years.
THINK PINK: February 10th was the Old Dominion's women's basketball team's fifth annual "HOOPS FOR A CURE" game. A regular season-high 4,825 fans helped "PINK OUT" the Ted Constant Convocation Center in the Lady Monarchs' 83-68 win over William & Mary.
PUTTING UP THE POINTS: On February 3rd, Old Dominion collected a seasonhigh in points with a 93-56 win over the Seahawks. The 93 points were the most scored by the team since netting 94 against Hofstra in the semifinals of the CAA Tournament back on March 10, 2006.
TRY THIS ON FOR NUMBERS: The 93-56 win over UNC-Wilmington on February 3rd was the Lady Monarchs 300th win in CAA play since joining the league in 1991-92. Old Dominion holds a 311-17 overall record in 17 years in the conference.
SIXTH LADY: Sophomore Jessica Canady, Old Dominion's sixth man...or lady, was named the CAA Player of the Week for the second time this season on January 28th. She averaged 23.5 points and 11.0 rebounds and shot 68 percent from the field coming off the bench in helping the No. 13/18 Old Dominion women's basketball team to back-to-back 30+ point victories Canady poured in a career-high 28 points against Northeastern, which included 22 first half points along with a string of 14 consecutive points. With the Lady Monarchs down 10-4 in the early part of the opening half, Canady went on a 14-1 run of her own to give Old Dominion the lead for good. Against Delaware, Old Dominion's "sixth woman" collected her third double-double of the season with 19 points and a career-high 15 boards. Canady is currently averaging a team second-best 11.6 points per game.
ALL-TIME LOWS: Old Dominion gave Delaware some numbers to forget in its 76-37 victory on January 27th. The Lady Monarchs got the Fightin' Blue Hens to shoot their lowest field goal percentage in school history (20.3 percent) and score their lowest point total since moving to the Bob Carpenter Center. Their previous low was a 42-point effort in a setback to St. John's on March 17, 2005. Delaware misfired on all three of its 3-pointers and finished the game with just three assists. Kyle DeHaven, Delaware's leading scorer at 11.8 points, was limited to a seasonlow two points on 1-of-14 shooting.
DEJA FREE THROW: For two straight years, Old Dominion has escaped Williamsburg with a win over William & Mary thanks to free throws from junior Tiffany Green. Green was at the line with 1:11 remaining against the Tribe, putting the Lady Monarch junior in a similar circumstance to last year. In 2007, Green, who at times struggles from the charity stripe, iced two free throws to seal last year's victory. This year, Green once again went to the line, with Old Dominion clinging to a one-point lead, and nailed both her free throw attempts and followed up with a lay-up after the Tribe missed a three-pointer in an attempt to tie the score to seal the game.
I GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS: Leading scorer T.J. Jordan was held to one point, stemming from a free throw, in the Lady Monarchs' 86-66 victory over Virginia Commonwealth. Despite the Lady Monarchs' leading scorer having an off-night, six different Lady Monarchs scored in double figures to help lead ODU to victory. The bench was also a tremendous help as well as they outscored the Ram bench 37-15.
WHAT A RUN: It may have been James Madison ahead at the half by two, in the first meeting with the Dukes on January 13th, but an electrifying second half that included a 26-0 run by the Lady Monarchs helped spark the Lady Monarchs to a 82-57 win. Old Dominion outscored James Madison, 49-22, in the second half.
SIZE DOESN'T MATTER: Just because junior Jazzmin Walters is 5-2, doesn't mean she can't hang with the tall girls. While nine members of the Vanderbilt women's basketball team are 5-11 or taller, it was five-foot-two Jazzmin Walter's who was the game's leading rebounder in ODU's match-up with the then No. 21/20 Commodores. Walters hauled in a career-high seven boards as Old Dominion outrebounded Vanderbilt, 40-29. Walters repeated her career rebounding performance against Virginia Commonwealth on January 17th, which included six defensive rebounds against a squad that had eight members at 5-10 or taller.
COUNT TO TEN: With a 79-59 victory over Georgia State to open up the CAA portion of its schedule on January 6th, the Lady Monarchs collected their 10th win of the season. It was the fastest Old Dominion has collected 10 wins since the 1997-98 team accomplished the feat on January 4th.
CANADY SEEING DOUBLE: Sophomore Jessica Canady, who helped the Lady Monarchs improve to 17-0 all-time in CAA openers in a 79-59 win at Georgia State, was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Week for the week ending January 6th. She is the second Lady Monarch to earn a weekly honor from the conference this season. Canady came off the bench and poured in a then career-high 21 points along with 10 rebounds. It was her second doubledouble of the season and of her career and the first time in her career she scored over 20 points in a game. Canady shot a blistering 7-of-8 from the field (87.5 percent) and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
THE RETURN OF JORDAN: Old Dominion's victory over Kentucky saw the return of leading scorer, senior guard T.J. Jordan, who had missed the previous two games (Tennessee, Delaware State) with a stress reaction in her left foot. Jordan picked up right where she left off netting a game-high 22 points. In the first half, she had 10 points while playing 13 minutes. Jordan was involved in a scary incident with 8:26 remaining in the game. After getting elbowed in the stomach, triggering an asthma attack, Jordan was able to get back down the court to help Old Dominion complete the play. After leaving the court, Jordan returned a few minutes later and finished out the game.
NON-CONFERENCE COMES TO A CLOSE: The Lady Monarchs enter the CAA slate with a 9-3 mark against non-CAA competition, their best nonconference record since going 7-3 in non-conference action since the 1998-99 season.
WAY TO START: The Lady Monarchs opened the 2007-08 season with a 6-2 overall mark. Among the six victories are wins over two ranked teams in Purdue and Michigan State as well as conference champions from the Sun Belt (Middle Tennessee) and Conference USA (East Carolina). Both losses happened against team ranked in the top four at the time of play - UConn & Stanford. It is the best start for the Lady Monarchs since the 1999-2000 season when Old Dominion opened up the year 7-1.
RANKED AND ON THE ROAD: Old Dominion's win at then No. 21/20 Vanderbilt was the Lady Monarchs first true road win (non-neutral site) since defeating Purdue in West Lafayette in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
THREE AGAINST THE SEC: The BIG 10 is not the only conference the Lady Monarchs saw three times during non-conference play. Old Dominion took on Tennessee, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt of the SEC with defending MEAC champion Delaware State breaking up the mix. The Lady Monarchs went 2-1 against the SEC having dropped its contest at then top-ranked Tennessee back on Dec. 5. They followed with a pair of road wins, a 71-62 win over Kentucky at Memorial Coliseum and a 80-65 win over then No. 21/20 Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium.
THREE IN A ROW AGAINST THE BIG 10: Old Dominion made it back-to-back-to-back victories over the BIG 10. The Lady Monarchs returned from a 66-53 upset win over then No. 22/20 Purdue at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, only to return home to see two more BIG 10 squads. Old Dominion then proceeded to down Penn State, 77- 49, and upset then No. 19/20 Michigan State, 79-73.
30 BELOW: For the 21st time in school history, the Old Dominion women's basketball team kept an opponent under 30 points. The Lady Monarchs did on Dec. 20 in a 70-28 victory over Delaware State. It was the fewest points an opponent as scored against the Lady Monarchs since a 66-27 win at Towson on Feb. 3, 2002.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE-DOUBLE: A trio of Lady Monarchs registered double-doubles in the 70-28 victory over Delaware State, the most by Old Dominion this season. sophomore Jessica Canady collecting her first career (12 pts., 13 reb.), senior Megan Pym earning her second of the year (12 pts., 12 reb.), and junior Tiffany Green putting away the 12th of her career (11 pts., 12 reb.).
HEIR JORDAN: Senior guard T.J. Jordan led Old Dominion to a pair of victories over Penn State and No. 20/19 Michigan averaging 19.0 points and 4.0 assists per game to be named the Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week for the week ending December 2. It was the Lady Monarchs first weekly conference award of the year. After the Lady Lions held Jordan scoreless in the first half, she lit up the court for 14 second half points to end as the game's leading scorer. Jordan's 14 points helped her surpass the 1,200 career point mark. She followed with a game-high 24 points in ODU's upset over #19/20 Michigan State. It was her second 20 + point effort of the season and 14th of her career.
20/20: Old Dominion had two score 20 or more points in the upset win over Michigan State. Senior guard T.J. Jordan led all scorers with 24 points in her second 20+ point performance of the year and the 14th of her career. Junior forward/center Tiffany Green posted 20 points to tie her career mark. Green also poured in 20 points against CAA rival William & Mary her freshman year in January of 2005.
CAN'T KEEP A GOOD LADY MONARCH DOWN: Penn State managed to keep Old Dominion leading scorer T.J. Jordan from hitting a bucket in the first half, but Jordan got revenge in half number two. The senior guard lit up the floor for a game-high 14 points all coming in the second half of action.
OPPONENT HIGH, ODU LOW: Penn State turned the ball over 30 times resulting in 28 points in the Lady Monarchs' 77-49 victory over the Lady Lions. The 30 turnovers were the most for an ODU opponent this season. Conversely, the Lady Monarchs committed only 12 turnovers, a season low for the team.
BEEN AWHILE...: Old Dominion met up with some foes they haven't' seen for awhile at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas over Thanksgiving...but sure do have some memories from the last time they played. The first game featured Connecticut and was the first the Lady Monarch took on the Huskies since the 2002 Elite Eight match-up. When Old Dominion took the court for the second game of the tournament, it was the first time the Lady Monarchs and Stanford faced each other since the thrilling over time national semifinal game in 1997. With Purdue in the third game, it marked the first time 2002 Old Dominion faced the Boilermakers since it's upset over secondseeded and host Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
ALL-TOURNAMENT TIME: It's wasn't the post-season just yet, but one Lady Monarch was named to an all-tournament team earlier this season. Senior guard T.J. Jordan averaged 13.3 points in games against #2/2 Connecticut, #4/4 Stanford, and #22/20 Purdue to earn a spot on the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team. Jordan led Old Dominion in scoring with 13 against the Huskies and 17 points against the Boilermakers and also poured in 10 points versus the Cardinal.
NO PAIN, NO GAIN: Coming off a sprained ankle in the meeting with No. 2/2 Connecticut in the first game at the Paradise Jam, senior Megan Pym rebounded by collecting her first career double-double against No. 4/4 Stanford in the tournament. Pym poured in a career-tying 12 points along with 10 rebounds, on board shy of her career mark. It was also Pym's 100th game as a Lady Monarch.
TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER: Jen Nuzzo has always been regarded as one of the Lady Monarch leaders and it certainly showed against No. 4/4 Stanford in the second game at the Paradise Jam. Nuzzo, a junior point guard, set a new career mark with 14 points, also marking the first time in her career she led ODU in scoring. In the following game against Purdue, Nuzzo reached double figure scoring again, this time added in 10 points.
STARTING ON THE RIGHT FOOT: Old Dominion opened the season with three consecutive wins for the first time since the 1998-1999 season. That season the Lady Monarchs opened the year with five straight wins en-route to the Sweet 16. The five wins came against Marshall, No. 8/12 Teas Tech, No. 10 N.C. State, and Southern California and Southwest Missouri State in the Torneo Cancun de Basquetboll Tournament. The streak came to end in a setback to No.6/7 Alabama in the Wachovia Women's Classic.
WRITING HER NAME INTO HISTORY: Senior guard T.J. Jordan managed to find to more places to put her name in the Old Dominion record books in the Lady Monarchs' 80-59 victory over Charlotte. With a game-high 28 points, Jordan broke the ODU record for most points scored by a Lady Monarch at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The previous record of 27 points was held by Max Nhassengo against Hofstra on Feb. 24, 2004. Additionally with her six three-pointers made, she became the ODU recorder holder for threepointers made in a career, surpassing Aubrey Eblin's (1995-1999) former mark of 250. Jordan currently has a CAA record 322 made shots from downtown in her career.
DISH IT TO ME: Junior guard Jazzmin Walters dished out a careerhigh 12 assists in ODU's 88-66 victory over East Carolina, while committing no turnovers. The 5-2 guard recorded five steals as well in the victory. Last season, Walters finished seventh on the sophomore assist leaders list with 100 dishes.
REJECTED: The Old Dominion women's basketball team collected 12 blocks against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 10 to set a new team record at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The previous record of 11 occurred against East Carolina on Nov. 21, 2006 and conference rival UNC-Wilmington on Feb. 24, 2005.
RANK `EM UP - ESPN/USA TODAY POLL: The Lady Monarchs took on six teams ranked among the nation's top 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Women's Basketball Preseason Poll. Among the teams the Lady Monarchs opponents were three teams in the poll's top ten in No. 1 Tennessee, No. 2 Connecticut, and No. 8 Stanford. Other Lady Monarch opponents included No. 17 Vanderbilt, No. 18 Michigan State, and No. 20 Purdue. Old Dominion opponents receiving votes in the preseason poll included Middle Tennessee, who will served as the Lady Monarchs season and home opener on November 10th, as well as Kentucky.
RANK `EM UP - AP POLL: The Lady Monarchs took on five teams ranked among the nation's top 25 in the Associated Press Women's Basketball Preseason Poll. Among the teams the Lady Monarchs took on included three teams in the poll's top ten in No. 1 Tennessee, No. 2 Connecticut, and No. 7 Stanford. Other upcoming Lady Monarch opponents included No. 17 Michigan State and No. 23 Vanderbilt Old Dominion opponents receiving votes in the preseason poll were Middle Tennessee, Kentucky, and Purdue.
WELCOME TO THE TED: Since the doors opened at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in 2002, the Lady Monarchs have enjoyed a 81-12 record.
PRESEASON AWARDS: Senior guard T.J. Jordan was a Preseason First Team All-CAA selection for the second consecutive year. Jordan, a two-time CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, averaged a team-leading 14.5 points per game and nearly rewrote every three-point record in the ODU history books. Junior Tiffany Green was named to the Preseason Second Team All-CAA list. Green will be the Lady Monarchs returning leading rebounder as she hauled in 6.0 a year ago along with 8.4 points per game.
CAA PRESEASON POLL - WE'RE #1: Old Dominion was picked to repeat as conference champion in 2007-08 according to a vote of the league's coaches, sports information directors and media. The Lady Monarchs, who posted their 16th consecutive 20-win season last year, were followed in the voting by James Madison, William & Mary, VCU and Delaware. Picked sixth was Towson, followed by Hofstra, Drexel, Georgia State, Northeastern, UNC Wilmington, and George Mason.
SO WE MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME: The only team on the 2007-08 schedule the Lady Monarchs have never faced is Michigan State. The Spartans came to Norfolk on Dec. 2. with Old Dominion earning a 79-73 win.
SO WE MEET AGAIN: The Lady Monarchs continued annual rivalries with Tennessee and Penn State while taking on Middle Tennessee, East Carolina, Delaware State, and Kentucky for the second straight season. It marked the third straight season ODU and Charlotte met on the hardwood while the Lady Monarchs returned a game to Vanderbilt from the 2005-06 season.
COLONIAL DOMINANCE: Old Dominion has captured 16- straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) titles since joining the league from the Sun Belt Conference during the 1991-92 season. The Lady Monarchs are in the NCAA record books for capturing the most consecutive conference championships. In league play, Old Dominion holds a 311-17 overall record, which includes eights seasons of undefeated play. The Lady Monarchs hold a 161-2 record at home and a 150-15 road record. Only two CAA losses have occurred on Old Dominion's homecourt. The first was back at the ODU Fieldhouse, the former Lady Monarch homecourt from 1969-2002, against Richmond, now of the Atlantic-10, with a 70-74 defeat on February 19, 1992 and the second versus Delaware with a 70-73 setback on January 9, 2005. Five schools in the league have yet to beat the Lady Monarchs - Georgia State (6-0), George Mason (43-0), Northeastern (5-0), UNC-Wilmington (36-0), and Towson (12-0).