Women's Basketball Takes On East Carolina In First Road Contest
Nov. 11, 2007
ABOUT THE LADY MONARCHS: Old Dominion won its 2007-08 season opener picking up a 76-68 victory over the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Saturday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The Blue Raiders are receiving votes in both national polls. Senior T.J. Jordan picked up right where she left off, leading with 19 points. Classmate Shahida Williams added in 15 points along with four assists and four blocks and grabbing nine rebounds to narrowly missed a double-double. The Lady Monarchs head off to Greenville, North Carolina Tuesday to take on former conference rival East Carolina for their first road game of the 2007-08 season.
ABOUT EAST CAROLINA: The defending Conference USA Champions opened the 2007-08 season on Sunday afternoon with a 97-52 win over Presbyterian. Sophomore forward/center Lauren Cochran and rookie guard Allison Spivey led the Lady Pirates with 14 points apiece. A season ago, East Carolina posted a 19-14 record season in 2006-07. Four starters from that squad return to the hardwood this season including two-time second team all-conference guard Jasmine Young and the Conference USA Tournament MVP LaCoya Terry.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST:
76.0 - Scoring - 97.0
.390 - Field Goal Percentage - .548
.333 - 3PT Field Goal Percentage - .500
.771 - Free Throw Percentage - .500
44.0 - Rebounds Per Game - 40.0
18.0 - Assists Per Game - 31.0
19.0 - Turnovers Per Game - 16.0
12.0 - Steals Per Game - 18.0
12.9 - Blocks Per Game - 2.0
SERIES WITH EAST CAROLINA: Tuesday will mark the 50th meeting between the Lady Monarchs and Lady Pirates with Old Dominion holding a 40-9 advantage in the all-time series. East Carolina was once a member of the Colonial Athletic Association and regularly met Old Dominion on the hardwood from the Lady Monarchs entry into the league in 1991 through the Pirates departure to Conference USA after the 2000-01 season. This will mark the second meeting between these two schools since the Pirates left the CAA. East Carolina only managed to defeat ODU once during regular season competition with a 71-57 in February of 1992. After that Old Dominion rattled off 27 straight wins over the Pirates including seven CAA Tournament victories.
LAST TIME VS. EAST CAROLINA: The Old Dominion women's basketball team got its first win of the 2006-07 season by handing former CAA rival East Carolina a 77-66 loss at the Ted Constant Convocation Center back on Nov. 21, 2007. It was the first meeting between the two squads since the Pirates departed from the CAA to Conference USA. T.J. Jordan led the team in scoring for the third straight game with 16 points, connecting on 4-of-7 from the field, 3-of-6 from three-point range, and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Tay Ransburg netted 14, while Sherida Triggs added 11 with 10 of those points coming in the first half. East Carolina also saw three in double figures with Cherie Mills leading the way with 17 points. Jasmine Young collected 16 points, while LaCoya Terry dropped in 13. In a rare occurance, the opposition outrebounded Old Dominion. The Pirates held a 45-33 advantage on the boards, which included holding the Lady Monarchs to just seven offensive rebounds. Ransburg led the squad on the glass with six rebounds. East Carolina saw Mills and Jessica Slack record nine. Old Dominion had a 39-27 lead at the half and led by as many as 18 in the opening stanza. Sophomore Jen Nuzzo came off the bench to hit one of her two treys of the evening to give the Lady Monarchs a 12-9 edge and the lead for good at the 14:31 mark. The Lady Monarchs managed to hold off a second half comeback by the Pirates. With Old Dominion leading 46-33 and enjoying a 13-point edge, East Carolina used a 12-2 run to pull within three with 9:56 left in the game. Ahead 48-45, Old Dominion turned the table and took a run of its own. Outscoring the Pirates 13-2 sparked by nine straight points by Jordan, the Lady Monarchs push their lead to 14, 61-47, with 5:50 left. During the run, Jordan hit two three's and was fouled on an attempt where she went to the line to hit all three free throw attempts. Additionally, senior Shantel Wilson went perfect from the line as well. The Pirates did not go away and still had another run left in them. Ransburg helped the Lady Monarchs to their largest lead of the half on a jumper to give ODU a 15-point advantage, 68-53, with just 2:43 remaining in the game. Over the next minute and a half, East Carolina outscored Old Dominion 10-2, making it a seven-point ball game. The Pirates would only score three more points in the game and would foul the Lady Monarchs to close out the game. While Mills only connected on one of a three-shot award from the line and Slack put in a lay-up, the Lady Monarchs went 7-of-10 from the stripe to hold on to the win.
NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP: Jessica Canady shined in the Lady Monarchs 2007-08 season debut. The lone ODU sophomore came off the bench and played a career-high 23 minutes. Netting a career-high 13 points, she also added three steals and three blocks.
MOVING ON UP: With 19 points against the Blue Raiders in the season opener against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 10, senior guard T.J. Jordan moved into 21st on the all-time Old Dominion scoring leaders list. She currently has with 1,113 career points.
FREE POINTS: Old Dominion went to the line 35 times against Middle Tennessee in the season opener, sinking 27 shots and shooting 77.1 percent from the charity stripe. Two Lady Monarchs showed that working on free throws over the summer can certainly pay off. Junior Tiffany Green,who hit only 51 percent a year ago from the line, went 8-of-9 and senior Shahida Williams, who connected for just 49 percent last season, netted 5-of-6. Also sinking shots from the free throw line against the Blue Raiders was senior T.J. Jordan, who went 6-of-7.
REJECTED: The Old Dominion women's basketball team collected 12 blocks against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 10 to set a new team record at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The previous record of 11 occurred against East Carolina on Nov. 21, 2006 and conference rival UNC-Wilmington on Feb. 24, 2005. Senior Shahida Williams and junior Tiffany Green led the rejections with four apiece. Williams set a new career mark in the block category while sophomore Jessica Canady tied her career mark with three swats.
WELCOME TO THE TED: Since the doors opened at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in 2002, the Lady Monarchs have enjoyed a 66-12 record.
Ranked Wins At The Constant Center:
11/25/03 - #7 Penn State - W, 75-68
12/7/03 - #12/13 UNC - W, 73-68
12/5/04 - #16/19 Rutgers - W, 69-61
2/25/07 - #22/25 James Madison - W, 62-57
Losses At The Constant Center:
11/22/02 - Virginia - L, 55-63
1/7/03 - #5 Tennessee - L, 63-91
1/31/03 - Rutgers - L, 59-67
3/22/03 - Boston College (NCAA) - L, 72-73
1/2/05 - #8 Tennessee - L, 58-68
1/9/05 - Delaware - L, 70-73
11/20/05 - #1/2 Duke - L, 56-93
12/4/05 - #19/20 Vanderbilt - L, 77-82
12/29/05 - #5 North Carolina - L, 80-88 (OT)
3/19/06 - George Washington (NCAA) - L, 72-87
11/18/06 - #21/24 Kentucky - L, 55-69
12/22/05 - #5 Tennessee - L, 59-75
TOP WBB ATTENDANCE AT THE CONSTANT CENTER
1. Tennessee 1/7/03 - 7,758
2. Virginia 11/22/02 - 7,316
3. Tennessee 12/22/06 - 7,108
4. Tennessee 1/2/05 - 7,063
5. George Washington (NCAA) 3/19/06 - 6,847
6. Rutgers 1/31/03 - 6,384
SEASON OPENERS: The Lady Monarchs are 26-13 in season openers including the 2007-08 season opening victory over Middle Tennessee on Nov. 10, 76-68. It was the Lady Monarchs first season opening victory since the 2001-02 season., a 82-26 victory over Towson welcoming the Tigers to the CAA in their first conference meeting following a move from the America East Conference. In between this year's victory over the Blue Raiders and the 2001-02 win against the Tigers, Old Dominion has fallen to Virginia (2002: 55-63; 2006: 92-72) to open up the Ted Constant Convocation Center in 2002 and the John Paul Jones Arena in 2006, #20 Colorado (2003: 67-84) at the WBCA Classic, at Georgia Tech (2004: 64-71),and #1 Duke (2005: 56-93).
HOME OPENERS: In home openers, the Lady Monarchs are 28-11 including a 3-3 mark at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Old Dominion defeated Middle Tennessee on Nov. 10 to open up the home slate with a 76-68 victory.
CAA OPENERS: Old Dominion is 16-0 in CAA openers and will open the conference season on Jan 6 at George State in a televised game. Here's how the Lady Monarchs have done in all their 16 CAA openers.
91-92 - at William & Mary W, 70-51
92-93 - at George Mason W, 81-48
93-94 - VCU W, 80-49
94-95 - at VCU W, 71-54
95-96 - at Richmond W, 79-36
96-97 - Richmond W, 89-53
97-98 - at William & Mary W, 94-53
98-99 - at UNC-W W, 104-60
99-00 - at UNC-W W, 84-65
00-01 - at UNC-W W, 74-59
01-02 - Towson W, 82-26
02-03 - UNC-W W, 71-58
03-04 - at William & Mary - W, 75-58
04-05 - at James Madison - W, 70-58
05-06 - at VCU - W, 82-62
06-07 - at VCU - W, 81-70
CAA HOME OPENERS: Old Dominion is 15-1 in CAA openers including a 3-1 mark at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Here's how the Lady Monarchs have done in their last 16 CAA home openers:
91-92 - James Madison - W, 64-62
92-93 - Richmond - W, 75-51
93-94 - VCU - W, 80-49
94-95 - James Madison - W, 68-64
95-96 - American - W, 94-39
96-97 - Richmond - W, 89-53
97-98 - Richmond - W, 80-58
98-99 - VCU - W, 80-48
99-00 - Richmond - W, 108-67
00-01 - American - W, 86-41
01-02 - Towson - W, 82-26
02-03 - UNC-W - W, 71-58
03-04 - Towson - W, 87-34
04-05 - Delaware - L, 70-73
05-06 - Hofstra - W, 71-57
06-07 - Drexel - W, 70-45
EXHIBITION RECAP - SHAW UNIVERSITY: Senior T.J. Jordan was down right scary Halloween night at the Ted Constant Convocation as she shot 7-of-8 from downtown and led six Lady Monarch double figure scorers with 25 points in the Old Dominion women's basketball team's 101-60 victory over Shaw University from Raleigh, North Carolina. Jordan also added game-high five assists, five rebounds, and two steals. Twenty of Jordan's points came in the first half of action including a string of four straight. Senior Shahida Williams was another among the double figure scorers. "Greedy" came off the bench for 12 points, including an 8-of-10 performance from the line. Junior Tiffany Green, freshmen Jasmine Parker and Shadasia Green, and sophomore Jessica Canady each poured in 11 points in the 41-point win. All of Shadasia Green's points came in the second half. Canady nearly missed a double-double as she hauled in a game-high nine boards. Tiffany Green also grabbed eight
EXHIBITION RECAP - ATHLETES-IN-ACTION: Three Lady Monarchs picked up double-doubles and six scored in double figures, including all the members of the starting line-up, in the Old Dominion women's basketball team's 101-42 victory over Athletes-In-Action. Senior Megan Pym poured in 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, junior Tiffany Green added in 11 points along with 12 boards, and junior Jazzmin Walters registered 10 points and dished out 10 assists. For the second straight exhibition game, senior T.J. Jordan led all scorers with 18 points, including 13 first half points. Also registering double figures were senior Shahida Williams with 10 and sophomore Jessica Canady, who came off the bench to net 13.
FROM DOWNTOWN: Look at the three-point records section in the ODU history book and you'll see senior T.J. Jordan's name nearly everywhere! Last season Jordan ranked fourth nationally in three-point field goals per game hitting an average of 3.1 per contest. She hit 10 three-pointers against Northeastern late last February to not only set a new ODU record for three's in a game, but it was the most three's by a Division I women's player last season. Jordan also reset the school record for three-pointers attempted in a game (22), made in a season (101), attempted in a season (283), and attempted in a career (666). The ODU three-point record left for her to break is three-pointers made in a career. The record is currently held by Aubry Eblin (1995-99) with 250 made in a career. Jordan is catching up with 241 to date.
HI MOM - I'M ON TV!: Seven Lady Monarch games will be aired, beginning on Nov. 23 with a Comcast Sportsnet broadcast with nationally ranked Connecticut from the Virgin Islands on tape delay at 11 p.m.. Old Dominion's conference games at Georgia State on Jan. 6, at Delaware on Jan. 27, and at James Madison on Mar. 2 will also be aired on Comcast Sportsnet, available on channel 35 in the Hampton Roads area. Lady Monarch games with Penn State on Nov. 29, James Madison on Jan. 13, and William and Mary on Feb. 10 will be available on WSKY-4. John Castleberry will provide the play by play along with former Lady Monarch and ODU Hall of Famer Jan Trombly on color for all the WSKY games.
SO WE MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME: The only team on the 2007-08 schedule the Lady Monarchs have never faced is Michigan State. The Spartans come to Norfolk on Dec. 2.
SO WE MEET AGAIN: The Lady Monarchs continue annual rivalries with Tennessee and Penn State while taking on Middle Tennessee, East Carolina, Delaware State, and Kentucky for the second straight season. It marks the third straight season ODU and Charlotte will meet on the hardwood while the Lady Monarchs return a game to Vanderbilt from the 2005-06 season.
THINK PINK: The annual HOOPS FOR A CURE game is slated for Feb. 10 against CAA rival William & Mary.
NEXT UP: The Old Dominion women's basketball team returns home to the Ted Constant Convocation Center to host Charlotte on Saturday, November 17th. Tip-off is at 4:00 p.m.