Lady Monarchs Hope to Remain Unbeaten Against Patriots

February 08, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 8, 2002

Old Dominion looks to stay perfect against George Mason and remain unbeaten in conference play this season as the Colonial Athletic Association foes meet at ODU Fieldhouse on Friday.

The 20th-ranked Lady Monarchs (15-5, 11-0) have won all 27 meetings with the Patriots (11-11, 5-6).

Old Dominion won 71-51 on Jan. 13 in the first game between the teams this season. It was one of 11 dominating conference victories for the Lady Monarchs, who have won their Colonial Athletic Association contests by an average of 31.2 points.

The Lady Monarchs have won 130 of their last 131 conference games.

Sharron Francis led a strong start that gave Old Dominion a 22-0 lead and the Lady Monarchs extended their overall winning streak to eight games with a 66-27 win over Towson on Sunday.

A stifling defense has led Old Dominion of late. The Lady Monarchs are holding opponents to 46.3 points per game during their winning streak and lead the conference in scoring defense at 56.8 points per game.

Old Dominion led 31-7 at halftime Sunday, the fewest points ever allowed in a half by the Lady Monarchs. Francis, who averages 8.1 points per game, finished with 15 points to pace the team.

This is the opener of a four-game homestand for the Lady Monarchs, who are 6-2 at ODU Fieldhouse.

George Mason has lost five of seven, failing to reach the 60-point mark in three of those games. The Patriots, coming off a 57-52 road loss to Drexel on Sunday, are 0-9 when scoring fewer than 60 points.

The Patriots rank near the bottom of the conference in shooting, making just

36 percent of their shots.

This is the finale of a four-game road trip for George Mason.