No. 15 Lady Monarchs Roll in Exhibition Win over Russian Squad
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, VA. (November 12) -- Junior All-American candidate Lucienne Berthieu(Rennes, France) scored 36 points, and grabbed 23 rebounds to help lead the Lady Monarchs to a 107-58 exhibition win over a Russian squad from Vologda.
Four Lady Monarchs were in double figures. Joining Berthieu were Hamchetou Maiga (Bamako, Mali) and Tiffany Thompson (Clinton,MD.) with 14 points each. Maiga also hauled in 11 rebounds, dished out five assists and came up with five steals. Sophomore guard Sharron Francis (Lanham Hill, Md.) scored 22 points and dished out seven assists. Freshman guard Alli Spence (Lafayette, CO.) also dished out seven assists.
The Lady Monarchs, ranked 15th by both the ASSOCIATED PRESS and the TODAY/CNN shot a blistering .634 from the floor (26-41) in the first half, and ended up hitting .500 for the game. The Lady Monarchs outrebounded the Russians, 55-28 and forced them into 26 turnovers.
Natalia Marchenko led the Russians with 19 points, hitting five-of-seven from three-point range. They play at George Washington on Sunday.
The Lady Monarchs played with only eight players as both Natalie Diaz and Mandy Olley are nursing injuries and are day-to-day.
Old Dominion opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 19 against Hampton University at 7:35 p.m.