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Norfolk Among The Winniest Cities In Division I Women's Basketball

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: August 22, 2003
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Aug. 22, 2003

NORFOLK, VA -- In a recent survey compiled by the Sports Information Office at Louisiana Tech, the Lady Monarchs were among the top teams with home court advantage in Division I women's basketball. Norfolk, Virginia, was listed as the seventh toughest place to play in the country, while the Lady Monarchs' former home court, the ODU Fieldhouse (1969-2002), was 13th all-time among Division I arenas.

Playing at the ODU Fieldhouse, Scope, and the Ted Constant Convocation Center, the Lady Monarchs have compiled a 397-78 record for an 83.6 winning percentage in Norfolk, Va. Ruston, Louisiana, home of Louisiana Tech, topped this list with a 400-24 record (94.3%) followed by Knoxville, Tennessee, the home of the University of Tennessee, with a 380-35 overall mark (91.6%).

In Norfolk, the Lady Monarchs have attracted the some of the top squads in women's basketball throughout the years. Among those squads to visit the area multiple times include Tennessee, Louisiana State, Stanford, Duke, North Carolina, Penn State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Texas, and UCLA. The city has played host to numerous tournaments including Lady Monarch appearances in the NCAA Tournaments in 1982 - 1987, 1989-1990, 1993-1994, and 1996 - 2000.

In the 31 seasons at the Old Dominion Fieldhouse, the Lady Monarchs earned a 383-74 record, winning 83.8 percent of their home court match-ups. Old Dominion endured only one losing season in the Fieldhouse and compiled one of the nation's longest home court winning streaks at 64 straight games from Feb. 4, 1997 to Feb. 16, 1981. At the time, the streak was the longest for any men's or women's basketball program.

Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena tops the list as the toughest arena in women's basketball all-time with the Lady Vols holding a 95.1 home court winning percentage (227-11) since the arena opened in 1987. The Lady Monarchs will visit Thompson-Boling this season for a January 4th contest with the Lady Vols.

Old Dominion opened the state-of-the-art Ted Constant Convocation Center last season and earned a 14-4 record on the new home court. The Constant Center was not listed among active arenas since the survey required a minimum of 50 games played on the arena floor. However, in one season, the Lady Monarchs hold a 77.7 home court winning percentage.

The new arena continues Norfolk's tradition of hosting women's basketball events on a national stage. Last season, the venue was one of 16 sites to host the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament's First and Second Rounds. In 2004, the Constant Center will be the site of the NCAA Women's Basketball Mideast Regional, playing host to the "Sweet 16" and "Elite 8," sending one team to the Final Four in New Orleans, La.

All-time Best Women's Basketball Home Court and Home City Records for Division I Women's Basketball Programs (Through games of 2002-03)

Cities (Program) Record (%) Conference 1. Ruston, La. (Louisiana Tech) 400-24 (94.3%) Western Athletic 2. Knoxville, Tenn. (Tennessee) 380-35 (91.6%) Southeastern 3. Missoula, Mt. (Montana) 342-37 (90.2%) Big Sky 4. Salt Lake City, Utah (Utah) 332-40 (89.2%) Mountain West 5. Austin, Texas (Texas) 353-56 (86.3%) Big 12 6. State College, Penn. (Penn State) 287-51 (84.9%) Big 10 7. Norfolk, Va. (Old Dominion) 397-78 (83.6%) Colonial 8. Bowling Green, Kent. (W. Kentucky) 331-68 (82.9%) Sun Belt 9. Lubbock, Texas (Texas Tech) 288-60 (82.8%) Big 12 10. Jersey City, N.J. (St. Peters) 313-67 (82.4%) Metro Atlantic 11. Cookeville, Tenn. (Tennessee Tech) 292-65 (81.72%) Ohio Valley 12. Oxford, Miss. (Ole Miss) 295-66 (81.79%) Southeastern 13. Emmitsburg, Maryland (Mt.St. Marys) 288-67 (81.1%) Northeast 14. Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford) 327-77 (80.9%) Pac 10 15. Fayetteville, Ark. (Arkansas) 278-67 (80.6%) SEC 16. Miami, Fla. (Florida International) 266-67 (79.9%) Sun Belt 17. Green Bay, Wisc. (Wis.-Green Bay) 286-73 (79.7%) Horizon 18. Natchitoches, La. (Northwestern St) 256-67 (79.3%) Southland 19. Raleigh, N.C. (NC State) 293-77 (79.2%) ACC 20. Des Moines, Iowa (Drake) 297-80 (78.8%) Missouri Valley 21. Athens, Ga. (Georgia) 281-79 (78.1%) Southeastern 22. Chapel Hill, N.C. (North Carolina) 311-89 (77.8%) ACC 23. Buies Creek, N.C. (Campbell) 167-48 (77.7%) Atlantic Sun 24. Boulder, Colo. (Colorado) 310-89 (77.7%) Big 12 25. Philadelphia, Penn. (St. Josephs) 284-82 (77.6%) Atlantic 10 26. Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach St.) 162-48 (77.1%) Big West 27. Greensboro, N.C. (UNC-Greensboro) 278-86 (76.4%) Southern 28. Chicago, Ill. (DePaul) 277-87 (76.1%) Conference USA 29. Manhattan, Kansas (Kansas State) 331-107 (75.6%) Big 12 30. Springfield, Mo. (SW Missouri St.) 266-87 (75.3%) Missouri Valley 31. West Lafayette, Ind. (Purdue) 273-90 (75.2%) Big 10 32. Las Vegas, Nevada (UNLV) 327-108 (75.2%) Mountain West 33. Kent, Ohio (Kent State) 236-78 (75.2%) Mid American 34. Columbia, Missouri (Missouri) 275-91 (75.1%) Big 12 35. Ft. Collins, Colo. (Colorado State) 167-56 (74.9%) Mountain West 36. Eugene, Ore. (Oregon) 270-91 (74.8%) Pac 10 37. College Park, Md (Maryland) 306-106 (74.1%) ACC 38. Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Alabama) 235-83 (73.9%) SEC 39. Hattiesburg, Miss. (S. Mississippi) 268-95 (73.8%) Conference USA 40. Lincoln, Neb. (Nebraska) 268-98 (73.2) Big 12 41. Louisville, Kent. (Louisville) 274-102 (72.8%) Conference USA 42. Omaha, Neb. (Creighton) 252-94 (72.8%) Missouri Valley 43. Provo, Utah (BYU) 211-79 (72.8%) Mountain West 44. Durham, N.C. (Duke) 259-99 (72.4%) Atlantic Coast 45. Youngstown, Ohio (Youngstown State) 225-87 (72.1%) Horizon 46. Bozeman, MT (Montana State) 237-95 (71.4%) Big Sky 47. Statesboro, Ga. (Georgia Southern) 230-97 (70.3%) Southern 48. Santa Barbara, Calif. (UCSB) 222-95 (70.0%) Big West 49. Bowling Green, Ohio (Bowling Green) 242-105 (69.7%) Mid American

Arenas (Active) (Must have played at least 50 games in the arena)

1. Thompson-Boling Arena (Tennessee: 1987-present) 227-11 (95.4%) 2. Thomas Assembly Center (Louisiana Tech: 1982 to present) 316-18 (94.6%) 3. Gampel Arena (Connecticut: 1989-present) 201-15 (93.1%) 4. Dahlberg Arena (Montana: 1978-present) 333-31 (91.5%) 5. United Spirit Arena (Texas Tech: 1999-present) 56-6 (90.3%) 6. Jon M. Huntsman (Utah: 1975-present) 311-39 (88.9%) 7. Frank Erwin Center (Texas: 1977-present) 333-52 (86.5%) 8. Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum (Auburn: 1979-present) 280-47 (85.6%) 9. Golden Panther Arena (Fla. International: 1985-present) 224-43 (83.4%) 10. Bryce Jordan Center (Penn State: 1996-present) 84-17 (83.2%) 11. E.A. Diddle Arena (Western Kentucky: 1973-present) 331-68 (82.9%) 12. Yanitelli Center (St. Peter?s College: 1975-present) 313-67 (82.4%) 13. Carver Hawkeye Arena (Iowa: 1983-present) 222-49 (81.9%) 14. Phoenix Sports Center (UW-Green Bay: 1976- present) 256-57 (81.8%) 15. Eblen Center (Tennessee Tech: 1977-present) 292-65 (81.7%) 16. C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum (Ole Miss: 1974-present) 295-66 (81.7%) 17. William R. Johnson Coliseum (S. F. Austin: 1976-present) 318-73 (81.3%) 18. Drake Knapp Center (Drake: 1993-present) 102-24 (81.0%) 19. Maples Pavilion (Stanford: 1973-present) 327-77 (80.9%) 20. Pitt Center (Sacred Heart: 1997-present) 59-14 (80.8%) 21. Coors Events/Conference Center (Colorado: 1979-present) 275-68 (80.2%) 22. Fleming Gym (UNC-Greensboro: 1989-present) 135-34 (79.9%) 23. Stegeman Coliseum (Georgia: 1975-present) 274-70 (79.7%) 24. Prather Coliseum (Northwestern State: 1975-present) 256-67 (79.3%) 25. Convocation Center (James Madison: 1981-present) 215-58 (78.7%) 26. Carmichael Auditorium (North Carolina: 1974-present) 299-81 (78.6%) 27. Reynolds Coliseum (N.C. State: 19??-present) 276-75 (78.6%) 28. Bud Walton Arena (Arkansas: 1994-present) 119-33 (78.3%) 29. Alfond Arena (Maine: 1991-present) 115-32 (78.2%) 30. Knott Arena (Mt. St. Mary?s: 1987-present) 160-45 (78.0%) 31. Carter Gymnasium (Campbell: 1986-present) 167-48 (77.7%) 32. Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse (St. Joseph?s: 1973-present) 284-82 (77.6%) 33. McArthur Court (Oregon: 1977-present) 259-79 (76.6%) 34. The Thunderdome (UCSB: 1984-present) 170-52 (76.6%) 35. Hammons Student Center (SW Missouri St: 1976-present) 266-87 (75.3%) 36. Mackey Arena (Purdue: 1975-present) 273-90 (75.2%) 37. Hearnes Center (Missouri: 1974-present) 275-91 (75.1%) 38. Stan Sheriff Center (Hawaii: 1994-present) 123-41 (75.0%) 39. Moby Arena (Colorado State: 1975-present) 167-56 (74.9%) 40. McKenzie Arena (UT-Chattanooga: 1998-present) 56-19 (74.7%) 41. Thomas and Mack (UNLV: 1983-present) 105-37 (73.9%) 42. Coleman Coliseum (Alabama: 1974-present) 235-83 (73.9%) 43. Reed Green Coliseum (So. Mississippi: 1975-present) 268-95 (73.8%) 44. Freedom Hall (Louisville: 1975-present) 147-53 (73.5%) 45. Bob Devaney Sports Center (Nebraska: 1975-present) 264-96 (73.3%) 46. Timmons Arena (Furman: 1998-present) 52-19 (73.2%) 47. Marriott Center (BYU: 1973-present) 211-79 (72.8%) 48. Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke: 1975-present) 259-99 (72.4%) 49. Beeghly Center (Youngstown State: 1975-present) 225-87 (72.1%) 50. Lavietes Pavilion (Harvard: ???? -present) 182-72 (71.6%) 51. Alumni Arena (Buffalo: 1982-present) 189-75 (71.6%) 52. Worthington Arena (Montana State 1976- present) 234-93 (71.6%) 53. Stephen C. O?Connell Center (Florida: 1981-present) 205-84 (70.9%) 54. Hanner Fieldhouse (Georgia Southern: 1973-present) 230-97 (70.3%) 55. Anderson Arena (Bowling Green: 1973-present) 242-105 (69.7%)

Arenas (All-time) (Must have played at least 50 games in the arena) 1. Thompson-Boling Arena (Tennessee: 1987-present) 227-11 (95.1%) 2. Thomas Assembly Center (Louisiana Tech: 1982 to present) 316-18 (94.6%) 3. Memorial Gym (Louisiana Tech: 1974-1981) 84-6 (93.3%) 4. Gampel Arena (Connecticut: 1989-present) 201-15 (93.1%) 5. Dahlberg Arena (Montana: 1978-present) 333-31 (91.5%) 6. United Spirit Arena (Texas Tech: 1999-present) 56-6 (90.3%) 7. Jon M. Huntsman (Utah: 1975-present) 311-39 (88.9%) 8. Stokely Athletics Center (Tennessee: 1977-87) 137-18 (88.4%) 9. Frank Erwin Center (Texas: 1977-present) 333-52 (86.5%) 10. Rec Hall (Penn State: 1975-1995) 203-34 (85.7%) 11. Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum (Auburn: 1979-present) 280-47(85.6%) 12. Memorial Gym (Mt. St. Mary?s: 1974-87) 128-22 (85.3%) 13. Old Dominion Field House (Old Dominion: 1969-2002) 383-74 (83.8%) 14. Golden Panther Arena (Fla. International: 1985-present) 224-43 (83.4%) 15. Bryce Jordan Center (Penn State: 1996-present) 84-17 (83.2%) 16. E.A. Diddle Arena (Western Kentucky: 1973-present) 331-68 (82.9%) 17. Yanitelli Center (St. Peter?s College: 1975-present) 313-67 (82.4%) 18. Carver Hawkeye Arena (Iowa: 1983-present) 222-49 (81.9%) 19. Phoenix Sports Center (UW-Green Bay: 1976- present) 256-57 (81.8%) 20. Eblen Center (Tennessee Tech: 1977-present) 292-65 (81.7%) 21. C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum (Ole Miss: 1974-present) 295-66 (81.7%) 22. William R. Johnson Coliseum (S. F. Austin: 1976-present) 318-73 (81.3%) 23. Drake Knapp Center (Drake: 1993-present) 102-24 (81.0%) 24. Maples Pavilion (Stanford: 1973-present) 327-77 (80.9%) 25. Ahearn Field House (Kansas St: 1968-1988) 182-43 (80.9%) 26. Pitt Center (Sacred Heart: 1997-present) 59-14 (80.8%) 27. Lubbock Coliseum (Texas Tech: 1976-1999) 214-52 (80.4%) 28. Coors Events/Conference Center (Colorado: 1979-present) 275-68 (80.2%) 29. Fleming Gym (UNC-Greensboro: 1989-present) 135-34 (79.9%) 30. Stegeman Coliseum (Georgia: 1975-present) 274-70 (79.7%) 31. Prather Coliseum (Northwestern State: 1975-present) 256-67 (79.3%) 32. Convocation Center (James Madison: 1981-present) 215-58 (78.7%) 33. Carmichael Auditorium (North Carolina: 1974-present) 299-81 (78.6%) 34. Reynolds Coliseum (N.C. State: 19??-present) 276-75 (78.6%) 35. Bud Walton Arena (Arkansas: 1994-present) 119-33 (78.3%) 36. Alfond Arena (Maine: 1991-present) 115-32 (78.2%) 37. Knott Arena (Mt. St. Mary?s: 1987-present) 160-45 (78.0%) 38. Drake Fieldhouse (Drake: 19??-1993) 195-56 (77.7%) 39. Carter Gymnasium (Campbell: 1986-present) 167-48 (77.7%) 40. Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse (St. Joseph?s: 1973-present) 284-82 (77.6%) 41. McArthur Court (Oregon: 1977-present) 259-79 (76.6%) 42. The Thunderdome (UCSB: 1984-present) 170-52 (76.6%) 43. Hammons Student Center (SW Missouri St.: 1976-present) 266-87 (75.3%) 44. Mackey Arena (Purdue: 1975-present) 273-90 (75.2%) 45. Cole Field House (Maryland: 1973-2001) 288-95 (75.2%) 46. Hearnes Center (Missouri: 1974-present) 275-91 (75.1%) 47. Stan Sheriff Center (Hawaii: 1994-present) 123-41 (75.0%) 48. Moby Arena (Colorado State: 1975-present) 167-56 (74.9%) 49. Alumni Hall (DePaul: 1974-2000) 224-76 (74.7%) 49. McKenzie Arena (UT-Chattanooga: 1998-present) 56-19 (74.7%) 51. Cole Field House (Maryland: 1973-2002) 287-98 (74.5%) 52. Thomas and Mack (UNLV: 1985-present) 105-37 (73.9%) 53. Coleman Coliseum (Alabama: 1974-present) 235-83 (73.9%) 54. Reed Green Coliseum (So. Mississippi: 1975-present) 268-95 (73.8%) 55. Freedom Hall (Louisville: 1975-present) 147-53 (73.5%) 56. Bob Devaney Sports Center (Nebraska: 1975-present) 264-96 (73.3%) 57. Timmons Arena (Furman: 1998-present) 52-19 (73.2%) 58. Marriott Center (BYU: 1973-present) 211-79 (72.8%) 59. Horton Field House (Illinois State: 1981-1989) 106-40 (72.6%) 60. Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke: 1975-present) 259-99 (72.4%) 61. Beeghly Center (Youngstown State: 1975-present) 225-87 (72.1%) 62. Lavietes Pavilion (Harvard: ???? -present) 182-72 (71.6%) 63. Alumni Arena (Buffalo: 1982-present) 189-75 (71.6%) 64. Worthington Arena (Montana State 1976- present) 234-93 (71.6%) 65. Stephen C. O?Connell Center (Florida: 1981-present) 205-84 (70.9%) 66. Hanner Fieldhouse (Georgia Southern: 1973-present) 230-97 (70.3%) 67. Anderson Arena (Bowling Green: 1973-present) 242-105 (69.7%)

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