Old Dominion Rebounds With 80-64 Win Over VCU
Jan. 22, 2004
RICHMOND, VA -- All five Lady Monarch starters scored in double-figures as the 12-time defending CAA champions improved to 10-6 overall and 5-1 in conference games with a 80-64 victory over Virginia Commonwealth Thursday night at the Siegel Center. VCU dropped to 5-9 on the season and 2-4 in league play after suffering its second straight defeat.
Virginia Commonwealth was led by senior Cyndy Wilks, who delivered a game-high 27 points but the Rams could not overcome a significant first-half deficit in the loss. Old Dominion senior Max Nhassengo (Maputo, Mozambique) led all Lady Monarch scorers with 18, while sophomore Lawona Davis (Port St. Lucie, FL) tied her career and season-high with 17 points. Both seniors Myriah Spence (Espanola, NM) and Monqiue Coker (Bronx, NY) added in 14 and point guard Shareese Grant (Va. Beach) rounded out the Old Dominion scorers in double digits with 11.
ODU held the Rams scoreless for nearly a 10-minute stretch in the first half and strung together 17 unanswered points to take a commanding 30-9 advantage with 5:44 remaining before intermission. VCU closed out the opening period with a 6-0 run which cut its deficit to 36-21 at the break, then got to within 13 points of the Lady Monarchs? lead when Wilks converted a three-point play with 12:04 remaining to make the score 55-42 in favor of ODU.
The Lady Monarchs responded with eight straight points to go up 63-42 with just over 10 minutes left to play, but Wilks, who netted 25 points in the the second half, fueled a furious late rally to get the Rams within striking distance. The co-captain poured in 10 points during a 16-3 VCU run and drained a three-point field goal with 4:08 remaining which trimmed ODU?s cushion to 68-60.
The Lady Monarchs finally put the Rams away by scoring 12 consecutive points after Wilks? trey, capped by back-to-back fast-break baskets by Davis and senior Nhassengo.
The Rams, which dug itself into an early hole by committing 19 first-half turnovers but managed only six giveaways after the break. VCU shot 36.2 percent from the floor and was outrebounded 39-45.
Old Dominion shot nearly 50 percent from the field, hitting 49.2 percent from the field, but connected on just half their free throws (13-of-26), a season-low for the Lady Monarchs.
Grant, who had set a season-high mark with eight assists in last Sunday afternoon's loss to Hofstra, reset the mark again by dished out nine against the Rams. Davis reset her career-high with four steals and was one shy of her career mark in assists with four dishes on the night. On the boards, Nhassengo and Coker each grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Old Dominion returns home and stays at home for their next three games. The Lady Monarchs host George Mason on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.