Regular Season Champs: Lady Monarchs Claim Tournament Top Seed With 80-70 Victory At Georgia State
By ODU Athletics
March 1, 2007
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Old Dominion women's basketball claimed the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season title and the top seed at the upcoming CAA Women's Basketball Tournament with a 80-70 victory on Thursday night at GSU Arena. It is the 13th regular season title for the Lady Monarchs since joining the league 16 years ago in the 1991-92 season.
Old Dominion improved to 20-8 overall and 16-1 in the CAA in their eighth straight win since their lone CAA setback to James Madison. It is the 27th 20-win season for the Lady Monarchs including the last 16 consecutive seasons. Georgia State meanwhile falls to 15-14 overall and 7-11 in the league.
Three Lady Monarchs reached double figures led by junior T.J. Jordan (Portsmouth, Va.) with a game-high 22 points. Senior Sherida Triggs from nearby Norcross, Georgia and playing in front of family and friends, poured in 14 points and narrowly missed a double-double with a team-high nine boards. Freshman Jessica Canady (Williamsburg, Va.) came off the bench for a career-high 12 points.
The Panthers also had three in double figures. They were led by senior Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen who had 17 points in her final home appearance. Marcquitta Head added 14 points and registered 11 boards for a double-double, while Vatai Smith came off the bench for 10 points.
Old Dominion led from start to finish and enjoyed a five-point, 38-33 halftime lead.
Georgia State managed to pull within four on eight occasions in the second half, but each the Lady Monarchs had an answer. With 6:22 left in the game and ODU leading by eight, 54-62, the Panthers' Roegiers-Jensen nailed one of her three three-pointers of the night and saw Tabitha David hit two free throws to close the gap to within three.
Like they had all night, Old Dominion did not waver and rattled off a quick five unanswered points thanks to free throws by senior Tish Lyons (Newport News, Va.) and a shot from downtown by Jordan.
Over the final 4:05, the Panthers' were held to just nine points on two fields goals and four made free throws. Meanwhile Old Dominion collected 13 points which included a 7-of-10 performance from the line as Georgia State fouled down the stretch.
Old Dominion would extend its lead to double figures over the last minute.
The Old Dominion women's basketball team wraps up the regular season on Saturday, March 3rd when they take on UNC-Wilmington at Trask Coliseum at 2:00 p.m.
The following are the seedings for the CAA Tournament next week to be held at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center:
#1 Old Dominion
#2 James Madison
#5 William & Mary
#8 Georgia State
#12 George Mason
The Lady Monarchs will open tournament action against the winner of the Georgia State/Drexel first round game on Friday, March 9th at noon.