Old Dominion Announces 2004-05 Women's Basketball Schedule

September 09, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 9, 2004

NORFOLK, Va. -- The 2004-05 Old Dominion women's basketball schedule was announced today by athletic director Jim Jarrett and features five NCAA participants from a year ago including national runner-up Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Penn State, and North Carolina.

"Year in and year out I believe we play one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country," said Old Dominion women's basketball head coach, Wendy Larry. "We have developed great relationships with great programs that have continued to play us through the years and a prime example is that we will be just one of nine programs in the nation outside of the Southeast Conference to play the No. 1 ranked team in the nation this season in Tennessee."

The 2004-05 season kicks off with the Lady Monarchs traveling to Atlanta, Ga. for an early evening match-up with Georgia Tech on Tuesday, November 23rd. Five days later Old Dominion returns to Norfolk to open its third season at the Ted Constant Convocation Center with a three-game home stand against in-state rival Virginia Tech (Nov. 27), East Tennessee State (Nov. 30), and annual rival Rutgers (Dec. 5).

The Hokies reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and are under the new direction of first-year head coach Beth Dunkenberger, while Rutgers participated in first round action and are guided by C. Vivian Stringer, who served as assistant coach along with Lady Monarch legend Anne Donovan for the gold medal winning 2004 Olympic women's basketball team. Old Dominion and East Tennessee State will meet for the first time in history.

On Friday, December 10th, the Lady Monarchs return to the road for a meeting with Virginia and on Sunday, December 19th, Old Dominion visits Penn State, a team which reached the Elite Eight last year. Last season, the Lady Monarchs and Lady Lions played in one of the most exciting games of the year as Old Dominion upset #7 Penn State in last year's home opener.

As the holiday season approaches, the Lady Monarchs wind down their non-conference slate. Harvard comes to town for an afternoon contest on Wednesday, December 22nd in the first ever meeting between the two schools. Old Dominion finishes its non-conference road swing on Thursday, December 30th at North Carolina, another ranked opponent the Lady Monarchs defeated at the Constant Center last season. National runner-up Tennessee then visits the Constant Center for the Lady Monarchs' final non-conference test on Sunday, January 2nd in a rivalry that dates back to the 1978-79 season.

"The Lady Monarch schedule again is among the most competitive in the nation," said Jarrett. "We are always excited about the return of Tennessee to our home slate, and equally pleased to be playing two state rivals this season in Virginia Tech and Virginia, along with Atlantic Coast Conference members Georgia Tech and North Carolina. Our non-conference home dates, along with our competitive CAA games makes for an exciting schedule for our fans."

The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) schedule gets underway in Harrisonburg, Va. against James Madison on Thursday, January 6th with the Lady Monarchs' first CAA home game following on Sunday, January 9th against Delaware.

Other CAA match-ups include home dates against Virginia Commonwealth (Jan. 14), Hofstra (Jan. 16), William & Mary (Jan. 20), George Mason (Jan. 27), Towson (Feb. 6), Drexel (Feb. 17), and UNC-Wilmington (Feb. 24). Sunday, February 27th will serve as the Lady Monarchs' final regular season home game with Old Dominion taking on James Madison on the air on Comcast.

CAA road dates include Towson (Jan. 23), UNC-Wilmington (Jan. 3), Virginia Commonwealth (Feb. 3), Delaware (Feb. 11), George Mason (Feb. 13), William & Mary (Feb. 20), Hofstra (Mar. 3), and Drexel (Mar. 6).

George Mason will host this year's CAA Women's Basketball Tournament at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. on Wednesday, March 10th through Saturday, March 12th.

The 2004-05 Lady Monarchs, winners of the last 13 straight CAA championships, feature eight letterwinners, including two returning starters in senior Shareese Grant (Va. Beach, Va.) and junior Lawona Davis (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), and six newcomers. Old Dominion is guided by Wendy Larry who begins her 18th season at the helm of the Lady Monarch program having compiled at 453-164 career mark and 404-133 mark at Old Dominion.


Sat. Oct. 30 Blue/White Exhibition 4:00 p.m. Constant Center Wed. Nov. 3 Basketball Travelers (Exh) 7:00 p.m. Constant Center Sun. Nov. 14 Team Concept (Exh) 2:00 p.m. Constant Center Tues. Nov. 23 at Georgia Tech 6:00 p.m. Alexander Memorial Coliseum Sat. Nov. 27 VIRGINIA TECH 2:00 p.m. Constant Center Tues. Nov. 30 EAST TENNESSEE STATE 7:00 p.m. Constant Center Sun. Dec. 5 RUTGERS 2:00 p.m. Constant Center Fri. Dec. 10 at Virginia 7:00 p.m. University Hall Sun. Dec. 19 at Penn State 2:00 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center Wed. Dec. 22 HARVARD NOON Constant Center Thur. Dec. 30 at North Carolina 2:00 p.m. Carmichael Auditorium Sun. Jan. 2 TENNESSEE 2:00 p.m. Constant Center Thur. Jan. 6 at James Madison * 7:00 p.m. JMU Convocation Center Sun. Jan. 9 DELAWARE * 2:00 p.m. Constant Center Fri. Jan. 14 VA. COMMONWEALTH * 7:00 p.m. Constant Center Sun. Jan. 16 HOFSTRA * 2:00 p.m. Constant Center Thur. Jan. 20 WILLIAM & MARY * 7:00 p.m. Constant Center Sun. Jan. 23 at Towson * 2:00 p.m. Towson Center Thur. Jan. 27 GEORGE MASON * 7:00 p.m. Constant Center Sun. Jan. 30 at UNC-Wilmington * 2:00 p.m. Trask Coliseum

Thur. Feb. 3 at Va. Commonwealth * 7:00 p.m. Siegel Center Sun. Feb. 6 TOWSON * 2:00 p.m. Constant Center Fri. Feb. 11 at Delaware * 7:00 p.m. Bob Carpenter Center Sun. Feb. 13 at George Mason * 2:00 p.m. Patriot Center Thur. Feb. 17 DREXEL * 7:00 p.m. Constant Center Sun. Feb. 20 at William & Mary * 2:00 p.m. W&M Hall Thur. Feb. 24 UNC-WILMINGTON * 7:00 p.m. Constant Center Sun. Feb. 27 JAMES MADISON * 3:00 p.m. Constant Center

Thur. Mar. 3 at Hofstra * 7:00 p.m. Hofstra Arena Sun. Mar. 6 at Drexel * 1:00 p.m. Daskalakis Center

Wed.-Sat. Mar. 9 - 12 CAA Tournament Patriot Center (George Mason)

* Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game

-- Home games in capitalized and in bold -- Note: All Times are subject to change