Women's Hoops Closes Regular Season at Northeastern on Sunday in CAA Finale

March 01, 2013
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 1, 2013

Sunday, March 3 - 2:00 p.m.
Old Dominion (19-10, 10-7) at Northeastern (15-11, 8-7)
Solomon Court (1,800) - Boston, Mass.

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NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team closes out the regular season on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Solomon Court in Boston when they face Northeastern in their final game as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association after 22 seasons.

ODU closes out their 22nd and final season in the CAA on Sunday in Boston at Northeastern. The Lady Monarchs have won 17 CAA titles (regular season and tournaments) and are 317-50 (.864) all-time in league games.

Sophomore forward Jackie Cook scored in double figures for the fifth straight game and team-leading 21st time this season with 13 points.

The Dukes were led by the duo of Precious Hall who had a game-high 23 points and Tarik Hislop who scored 18 to go with three assists. While shooting just 7.1 percent (1-for-14) in the first half behind the arc, JMU was able to connect on two of their five three-pointers in the second half and shot 56.7 percent overall after halftime (17-for-30). Jazmon Gwathmey added a double double for the Dukes with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Redshirt senior Mairi Buchan was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team on Jan. 31 for the second straight year. The teams are selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Buchan holds a 3.93 grade point average majoring in biology (pre-med).

Old Dominion finished tied for the best non-conference record in the league at 9-3 along with Delaware. 

Both the nine non-conference wins and the 9-3 start are bests for ODU since the 2007- 08 season when they went to the Sweet 16 with a record of 31-5. 

ODU head coach Karen Barefoot enters her 14th year as a head coach in 2012-13 and 200 plus wins in her career as she leads the Lady Monarch program in year two. As head coach at the Apprentice School in 2001, she led the Builders to a National Championship in the school's first ever women's sport while taking Lenoir-Rhyne the NCAA Tournament in the 2002-03 season. In 2010-11 while at Elon, she led the Phoenix to the WBI, the schools first ever women's basketball tournament appearance. The last time that ODU made the NCAA Tournament was in 2008 when Barefoot was an assistant coach for the Lady Monarchs and helped them make the Sweet 16.

With LaQuanda Younger picking up her second CAA Rookie of the Week honors this season on Jan. 21, that marks the eighth time since the beginning of the 2011-12 season that an ODU player has recieved this award. Last season, Ashley Betz-White, the CAA Rookie of the Year, was honored four times while freshman Galaisha Goodhope earned the honor on Jan. 7 this season. 

The Karen Barefoot Coach's Shows continue to pack the house at YNot Pizza in the Village behind the Ted. Joined by host Doug Ripley, Barefoot reviews the previous week's game and gives insight into the upcoming Lady Monarch matchups all season long. The next show is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th at 6 p.m.

Coach Barefoot announced the addition of Odegua Oigbokie and Destinee Young who signed letters of intent to play for the Lady Monarchs next fall on Nov. 14.

Oigbokie is a highly touted forward from Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Tenn., while Young is a power forward out of Hoffman Estates High School in Hoffmann Estates, Ill.

Oigbokie, who is 6-foot-1, averaged 18 points and eight rebounds as a junior and has been named all-district and all-region for Ridgeway the past two seasons. Young, who is also 6-foot-1, averaged 15.4 points and 11 rebounds as a junior at Hoffman Estates High School, where she already is the record holder for career rebounds and single-season blocks.

Out of the five recruits that second-year head coach Karen Barefoot has landed at ODU, four have been rated as three stars or better by ESPN. The other three were local freshmen guards Galaisha Goodhope out of Norfolk and LaQuanda Younger of Newport News and forward Chelisa Painter from Chesapeake who is sitting out this season after transferring from George Washington.

Head Coach Karen Barefoot added three freshmen this season in local talented guards Galaisha Goodhope and LaQuanda Younger along with center Brittany Martin out of the New York. Transferring in are forward Shae Kelley and Miami (FL) transfer guard Stephanie Gardner. The incoming class is ranked the best in the CAA and No. 42 in the country overall.

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