Lady Monarchs Hope To Stay Perfect

February 15, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 15, 2002

Old Dominion is looking to remain undefeated three ways.

It wants to stay unbeaten against North Carolina-Wilmington, in conference play and over the last month as the Colonial Athletic Association foes meet Friday.

The 19th-ranked Lady Monarchs (17-5, 13-0) seem to have all the momentum as they take on the Seahawks (12-10, 6-7).

Old Dominion, which has won each of the 24 meetings between the schools, is one of the hottest teams in the country.

The Lady Monarchs haven't lost since Jan. 8, a 74-62 decision against No. 3 Tennessee. Old Dominion has only two losses since early December, the other coming against top-ranked Connecticut 84-70 on Dec. 29.

Defense has been the key for the Lady Monarchs, who hold opponents to an average of 55.1 points per game and 34 percent shooting to rank among the nation's leaders.

There has been no greater indication of Old Dominion's defensive prowess than its current 10-game winning streak, a stretch in which it has held opponents to an average of 44.7 points per contest.

Old Dominion held N.C.-Wilmington to 26 percent shooting in a 63-39 win on Jan. 24.

The Lady Monarchs, who also lead the conference in offense with 75.4 points per game, have outscored their last four opponents by an average of 31.5 points.

Lucienne Berthieu scored 19 points and Monique Coker had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Old Dominion defeated Delaware 72-45 Sunday.

Sharron Francis added nine points, nine assists and six steals for Old Dominion.

The Lady Monarchs led 40-20 at halftime and cruised, building their lead as high as 36 points in the second half.

But Okiesha Howard, who tops Old Dominion with 13.3 points per outing, was held to just 2 points, on 1 of 4 shooting.

N.C.-Wilmington recorded a season high in points in an 86-50 win over Hofstra on Sunday.

Lillian Drumgold, who averages just 2.3 points per game, had a career-high 15 off the bench to pace the Seahawks.