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Release: December 14, 2006
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Dec. 14, 2006

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â?¢ RADIO: For the 16th-straight season ESPN Radio (1310 am - Norfolk, Va.) will be broadcasting all the Lady Monarch contests. Thirteen-time sportscaster of the Year Tony Mercurio will call all the action. Former Lady Monarch and ODU Hall of Fame inductee, Adrienne Goodson and former assistant coach Susan Montgomery will join Mercurio and add color commentary at all home games at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. A monthly fee of $6.95 through the College Pass program, which also provides the audio and video broadcasts of over 100 colleges and universities, will allow fans to listen to the broadcast online at www.odusports.com.

â?¢ ABOUT OLD DOMINION: Old Dominion head coach Wendy Larry collected career win number 500 when the Lady Monarchs defeated Chicago State, 77-38, last Saturday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The win snapped a two-game losing streak as Old Dominion defeated the Cougars, who are coached by former Lady Monarch Angela Jackson. Sophomore Tiffany Green became the first Lady Monarch this season to perform a double-double. Green netted 17-points, which included a 7-of-7 mark from the field. She also hauled in 12 rebounds and swatted away three shots. It was her second double figure rebounding performance of the season. Joining Green in double figures was junior T.J. Jordan with a game-high 21 points. For the second straight game and third time this season, Jordan had a 20+ point game. Old Dominion collected a season-high 56 rebounds - 23 offensive, 33 defensive - as they outrebounded the Cougars by 27. The Lady Monarchs held a two point lead, 14-12, with 8:53 remaining in the first before exploding for a 21-5 run to close out the half. Junior Shahida Williams got the run started as Old Dominion scored 10 unanswered points to begin. Williams would also score at the 4:28 mark to give Old Dominion a double figure lead for good. The Lady Monarchs entered the half up, 35-17. Old Dominion outscored Chicago State, 42-21, in the second half registering a game-high 41-point lead in the late in the game.

â?¢ ABOUT CHARLOTTE: Charlotte is 4-5 overall heading into Sunday's game with the Lady Monarchs and have won two straight including last week's 82-61 win over Charleston Southern and 75-69 win at Davidson. The 49ers have won 14 straight home contests dating back to last season. The streak began right after Old Dominion beat the 49ers 79-69 back on December 18th, 2005. Charlotte's junior guard Sabrina Gregory is the lone 49er in double figures averaging 12.9 points per game, followed by sophomore forward/center Danielle Burgin (9.8 ppg) and rookie guard Aysha Jones (9.6). Burgin also leads her squad in rebounding averaging 7.0 rebounds per game.

â?¢ SERIES WITH CHARLOTTE: The Lady Monarchs hold a 7-2 edge in the all-time series with the 49ers. Old Dominion won the first five meetings in the series, before dropping games during the 1989/90 and 1990/91 seasons. The Lady Monarchs put a halt to the losing streak however two seasons ago when they earned a 75-61 victory at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in their last meeting and then earned a 79-69 win at Halton Arena last year.

â?¢ LAST TIME VS. CHARLOTTE: The Old Dominion women's basketball team returned to the win column on December 18, 2005 with a 79-69 victory over the Charlotte 49ers at Halton Arena. The Lady Monarchs led the entire way and despite the 49ers pulling to within four points with 3:05 remaining, were able to keep their composure down the stretch for the 10-point victory. Old Dominion opened the game to lead 21-8 with 9:04 left in the first half. During that opening stretch, the Lady Monarchs managed to keep Charlotte without a field goal for 8:23. After Tish Lyons sunk two free throws to give Old Dominion a 23-11 with 7:35 on the clock, the 49ers used an 8-0 run, fueled by five consecutive points from Tyhiesha Smith, to pull within four. Leading 23-19, the Lady Monarchs bumped their lead back up to double digits on two more occasions and entered the locker room up, 23-31. Charlotte opened half number two on a 9-2 run and dropped Old Dominion's advantage to two, 33-31, as 16:38 showed on the clock. Two more times the 49ers would pull to within two of tying the game, but each time the Lady Monarchs responded and held on the lead. A Lawona Davis jumper helped the Lady Monarchs establish an 11-point edge with 6:32 remaining as Old Dominion led, 62-51. Charlotte, however, used another run, this time a 7-0 run, to cut their deficit to four, 58-62, with just over five minutes remaining. The Old Dominion defense would only allow two more field goals in the game's final five minutes. Charlotte covered the remaining margin with four free throws while the Lady Monarchs racked up 14 points during that span. Lyons paced the Lady Monarchs by tying her season-high 16 points to lead four of her teammates in double figures. She shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Both T.J Jordan and Davis poured in 14 points apiece. Jordan, who was playing her second game at the point, saw all 14 of her points come in the second half. Sherida Triggs added in 13. Old Dominion outrebounded Charlotte, 53-35, with the Lady Monarchs' defensive effort equaling the 49ers total number of boards. Triggs was one of three Lady Monarchs to lead the rebounding corps with seven boards. Davis and Shahida Williams also grabbed seven. Williams, who made her first appearance of the 2005-06 season, returning to the active roster for the Charlotte game, also had six points and three steals.

â?¢ COMPARE AND CONTRAST:
ODU-UNCC
65.0 - Scoring - 72.1
.394 - Field Goal Percentage - . 427
.286 - 3PT Field Goal Percentage - .293
.582 - Free Throw Percentage - .732
41.9 - Rebounds Per Game - 36.7
14.0 - Assists Per Game - 15.2
19.7 - Turnovers Per Game - 20.7
9.4 - Steals Per Game - 10.2
5.7 - Blocks Per Game - 3.1

â?¢ WELCOME TO THE 500 CLUB: With the 77-38 win over Chicago State on December 9th, Old Dominion head coach Wendy Larry became the 30th all-time Division I coach and 23rd active Division I coach to reach the 500-victory milestone. In 23 years as a head coach, she has compiled a 500-186 mark. Now in her 20th season at the helm of the Old Dominion program, Larry holds a 451-155 mark at her alma mater. Coach Larry just recently captured her 450th victory as the head coach at her alma mater with a 57-46 win over Delaware State on November 25.

Wendy Larry Win Timeline:
Career Wins:
50: - 11/27/87 at Cincinnati - W, 59-49 - First game at ODU
100: - 1/18/90 at James Madison - W, 82-66
200: - 2/5/95 at William & Mary - W, 77-36
250: - 1/7/97 #9 Tennessee - W, 83-72
300: - 3/13/98 St. Francis (Pa.) - W, 92-39 - 1st Rnd. NCAA
400: - 2/24/02 at Drexel - W, 90-57
500: - 12/9/06 Chicago State - W, 77-38

Wins At ODU:
1: - 11/27/87 at Cincinnati - W, 59-49
50: - 1/12/90 Notre Dame W, 62-61
100: - 2/19/93 at Richmond W, 91-66
200: - 1/5/97 at East Carolina W, 74-36
250: - 3/1/98 vs. American W, 82-49 - CAA Tournament
300: - 2/20/00 East Carolina W, 74-58
400: - 2/29/04 at George Mason W, 81-64

â?¢ STREAKING: The Charlotte 49ers have won 14 straight home contests dating back to last season. The streak began right after Old Dominion beat the 49ers 79-69 back on December 18th, 2005. The Lady Monarchs certainly know about streaks. Old Dominion held a 115 game CAA win streak from 1992 to 2001 and currently have a 44 game CAA Tournament win streak with 15 straight CAA titles. Additionally, Old Dominion had a 64 home game win streak at the old ODU Fieldhouse from 1976 to 1981. Also the Lady Monarchs had a 122 game CAA home win streak from 1992 until 2005.

â?¢ HOW LOW CAN YOU GO: The 38 points scored by Chicago State were the fewest points collected by an ODU opponent since the Lady Monarchs' 85-33 win over William & Mary on February 26, 2006.

â?¢ THE STARTING FIVE: With the Lady Monarch roster as deep as it is in recent memory, its hard to pick just which Lady Monarchs will get the starting nod. Through six games, five different starting combos have been used with Tish Lyons and Sherida Triggs being the only Lady Monarchs to have started every single game.

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