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Women's Basketball To Take On Defending National Champs; Lady Monarchs Meet #11/13 Tennessee On Thursday

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: December 16, 2008
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Dec. 16, 2008

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Game 8
Thursday, December 18th - 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Ted Constant Convocation Center - Norfolk, Virginia
Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (5-2, 0-0 CAA) vs.
#11/13 Tennessee Lady Volunteers (7-2, 0-0 SEC)

TV: Comcast (Ch. 35 - Hampton Roads); Comcast Plus (Paul Crane = Play-by-Play, Joe Ciampi - Color)
Radio: WXEZ - 94.1 FM, WGAI-560 AM (Tony Mercurio - Play-by-Play, Susan Montgomery - Color)
Audio: Monarch All-Access
Video: Monarch All-Access
Livestats: Gametracker
Tickets: www.coxtix.com, 888-3COXTIX, or Constant Center Box Office

Promotions: Red Panda Halftime; Chic-Fil-A Player Card Give Away #1

LADY MONARCH MOMENTS:
• The Old Dominion women's basketball team won its 29th consecutive home game to tie Hartford for the nation's longest active home win streak in their last outing against Saint Joseph's. The Lady Monarchs have three homes games - Tennessee, Maryland, and the CAA opener against VCU, before the Hawks play at home again on January 7th against Binghamton.

• The Lady Monarchs take on Tennessee for the 32nd year in a row. Old Dominion has only faced conference rival James Madison more in the history of the Lady Monarch program. The Lady Monarchs are looking to snap a 12-game Lady Vols win streak dating back to 1997.

• Sophomores Shadasia Green and Jasmine Parker each collected career-highs in the last outing against Saint Joseph's. Parker led all scorers with a career-high 19 points, while Green posted her first career double-double with a career-high 14 points and career-tying 11 rebounds.

• The next two home games - Tennessee and Maryland - will air on Comcast SportsNet (Ch. 35 - Hampton Roads). Paul Crane and Joe Ciampi will handle the duties for the Lady Monarchs against #11/13 Tennessee while John Castleberry and Jody Lavin-Patrick will call the action against Maryland.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST:
ODU - UT
72.0 - Scoring - 76.9
.391 - Field Goal Percentage - .409
.303 - 3PT Field Goal Percentage - .295
.637 - Free Throw Percentage - .673
47.0 - Rebounds Per Game - 47.4
14.1 - Assists Per Game - 13.9
19.0 - Turnovers Per Game - 16.9
11.1 - Steals Per Game - 10.8
5.4 - Blocks Per Game - 5.6

ABOUT TENNESSEE:
The defending and eight-time NCAA Champion Tennessee Lady Vols enter the Constant Center with a 7-2 overall record coming off a 73-59 loss at #6/5 Texas Sunday. The loss to the Longhorns snapped a six-game win streak. The Lady Vols other loss on the season came in an 83-82 defeat in Knoxville to Virginia, a team the Lady Monarchs defeated 78-70 in their 2008-09 home opener. The Lady Vols have a pair averaging double figures. Freshman forward Glory Johnson is putting up a team-best 15.4 points per game and hauling in a team second-best 8.2 rebounds per game. Fellow rookie Shekinna Stricklen is averaging 12.3 points per contest and leads the team in steals (23). Sophomore post Vicki Baugh leads Tennessee on the boards at 9.0 rebounds per game along with a team-leading 16 blocks. The Lady Vols are headed up by Pat Summitt, who is just 10 wins shy of her 1,000 career victory. Summitt, the NCAA leader in men's and women's hoops in wins, holds a 990-184 record in 35 seasons.

LAST TIME VS. TENNESSEE:
Old Dominion had to take the court without the services of leading scorer in T.J. Jordan, as then senior guard needed time off her foot due to a stress reaction. The Lady Monarchs suffered a 83-51 loss in Knoxville to the top-ranked Lady Vols back on December 5th of last year. Sophomore Shadasia Green was one of the bright spots for the Lady Monarchs. Then in her rookie campaign, Green netted a career-high 10 points. Tiffany Green scored a then-season high 14 to lead Old Dominion. Angie Bjorklund scored 19 points and Candace Parker added 14 as for the Lady Vols. Nicky Anosike added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Vols Megan Pym and Jessica Canady, who averaged 10.5 points each for Old Dominion entering the game, were held to seven and six points respectively. Tennessee, which had given up a school-record 57 rebounds against North Carolina in their previous outing,outrebounded the Lady Monarchs 45-35. However, they were beaten 16-13 on the offensive end.

ODU VS. THE SEC:
Old Dominion holds a 28-42 all-time mark against teams from the SEC, with 41 of those meetings coming against Tennessee. Last season, the Lady Monarchs went 2-1 against the SEC, which included a pair of back-to-back road victories - a 71-62 win at Kentucky and an 80-65 win at #21/20 Vanderbilt.

A FEAT NOT SEEN OFTEN:
Can Old Dominion be one of two teams in the last 12 years to hand the Lady Vols back-to-back losses? Kentucky accomplished the feat on January 26, 2006 in a 66-63 win in Lexington following a Tennessee loss to Duke in Durham. Can the Lady Monarchs be next?

HOME COURT STREAK:
The Lady Monarchs are tied with Hartford for the nation's top active home court win streak. Old Dominion has won 29 straight home contests dating back to the Dec. 30, 2006, 72-55, victory over national runner-up Rutgers. ODU's last loss at the Ted Constant Convocation Center was against national champion Tennessee, 59-75, back on Dec. 22, 2006. Hartford's next home game is on January 7th against Binghamton.

WELCOME TO THE TED:
Since the doors opened at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in 2002, the Lady Monarchs have enjoyed a 84-12 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
12/2/07 - #20/19 Michigan State - W, 79-73
3/25/08 - #24/23 Virginia (NCAA) - W, 88-85 (OT)
11/21/08 - #16/11 Virginia - W, 78-70

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
12/22/06 - #5 Tennessee - L, 59-75

TOP 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

CAA HOME COURT STREAK:
The Lady Monarchs have won 34 straight home CAA contests dating back to the January 14, 2005, 78-59, victory over Virginia Commonwealth. ODU's last conference loss at the Ted Constant Convocation Center was against Delaware, 70-73, on January 9, 2005. Old Dominion holds a 161-2 home CAA mark. The Lady Monarchs open conference play at home on January 2nd against CAA runner-up VCU.

R-E-J-E-C-T-I-O-N:
Senior Tiffany Green is currently ninth in the nation in blocks per game, averaging 3.0 per contest through the first seven games of the season. Brittany Pittman of Morehead State currently leads the nation swatting away 6.0 shot per game. Last season, Green led the CAA in rejections at 1.94 per game. She is currently sixth on the CAA All-Time Blocks Leaders List with 172 career swats.

CAREER NIGHT:
Sophomores Shadasia Green and Jasmine Parker each collected career-highs in the Lady Monarch's last outing against Saint Joseph's. Parker led all scorers with a career-high 19 points, while Green posted her first career double-double with a career-high 14 points and career-tying 11 rebounds.

RANK `EM UP - AP POLL:
The Old Dominion women's basketball team will head into this week's contests against Tennessee and Maryland receiving votes for the third consecutive week. The Lady Monarchs have ranked as high as No. 23 in the poll. Five opponents on the 2008-09 Lady Monarch slate are featured in the poll, including undefeated Texas at No. 5 and defending NCAA champion Tennessee coming in at No. 11. Also in the Top 25 are Maryland, the 2006 NCAA Champions, seated at No. 15 and No. 17 Virginia. Michigan State slipped out of the poll after suffering four consecutive losses.

RANK `EM UP - ESPN/USA TODAY POLL:
The Old Dominion women's basketball team continues to receive votes in the Coach's Poll for the third consecutive week. The Lady Monarchs ranked as high as No. 20 in the poll. Also appearing in the Poll are Lady Monarchs opponents Texas at No. 5 and Tennessee at No. 13. Also in the Top 25 are Virginia at No. 15 and Maryland at No. 16.

ALL-TIME ODU POINTS LIST
1. - 2,719 - Anne Donovan (1979-1983)
2. - 2,647 - Inge Nissen (1976-1980)
3. - 2,430 - Nancy Lieberman (1976-1980)
4. - 2,224 - Kelly Lyons (1986-1990)
5. - 2,112 - Celeste Hill (1990-1994)
6. - 1,999 - Tracy Claxton (1980-1985)
7. - 1,968 - Medina Dixon (1982-1985)
8. - 1,854 - Nyree Roberts (1994-1998)
9. - 1,813 - C. Machanguana (1994-1997)
10. - 1,622 - Mery Andrade (1995-1999)
11. - 1,574 - Adrienne Goodson (1984-1988)
12. - 1,565 - Okeisha Howard (1999-2003)
13. - 1,525 - T.J. Jordan (2004 - present)
14. - 1,492 - Donna Harrington (1987-1988)
15. - 1,483 - Hamchetou Maiga (1998-2002)
16. - 1,447 - Shareese Grant (2001-2005)
17. - 1,409 - Monique Coker (2000-2004)
18. - 1,408 - Angela Cotman (1976-1980)
19. - 1,382 - Lucienne Berthieu (1998-2002)
20. - 1,304 - Ticha Penicheiro (1994-1998)
21. - 1,275 - Kim McQuarter (1985-1989)
22.- 1,111 - Tiffany Green (2004 - present)
23. - 1,096 - Shonda DeBerry (1992-1996)
24. - 1,085 - Sharron Francis (1998-2002)
25. - 1,050 - Rhonda Rompola (1978-1981)
26. - 1,023 - Aubrey Eblin (1995-1999)

ALL-TIME ODU ASSISTS LIST
1. Nancy Lieberman (1976-1980) - 961
2. Ticha Penicheiro (1994-1998) - 939
3. Maire Christian (1983-1987) - 492
4. Sharron Francis (1998-2002) - 488
5. Debbie Richard (1976-1979) - 471
6. Mery Andrade (1995-1999) - 447
7. Medina Dixon (1982-1985) - 417
8t. Shareese Grant (2001-2005) - 376
8t. Jazzmin Walters (2005-present) - 376
10. Rhonda Rompola (1978-1981) - 362

ALL-TIME ODU REBOUNDS LIST
1. Anne Donovan (1979-1983) - 1,976
2. Inge Nissen (1976-1980) - 1,459
3. Tracy Claxton * (1980-1985) - 1,434
4. Nancy Lieberman (1976-1980) - 1,167
5. Celeste Hill (1990-1994) - 1,124
6. Kelly Lyons (1986-1990) - 1,008
7. Nyree Roberts (1994-1998) - 986
8. Medina Dixon ** (1982-1985) - 979
9. Monique Coker (2000-2004) - 951
10. Donna Harrington (1984-1988) - 884
Tiffany Green (2004-pres.) - 789


* - played two seasons at Kansas
** - played one season at South Carolina

CAA CAREER BLOCKS LIST
1. Trish Halpin, Mason (1997-2000) - 236
2. Nyree Robers, ODU (1994-98) - 214
3. Hollee Franklin, JMU (1999-2002) - 186
4. Amy Dorsett, UR (1993-1997) - 176
5. Vanessa Gidden, HU (2004-2007) - 175
6. Tiffany Green, ODU (2004-pres.) - 172
7. Mona Karlsson, VCU (1996-1999) - 156
8. Rebecca Dayvault, W&M (1989-1993) - 155
9. Monique Pompili, ECU (1984-1988) - 149
10. Q. Hollingsworth, VCU (2005-pres.) - 137

COAT DRIVE:
Lady Monarch Fans that bring a new or gently used coat to donate will pay just $5 for a ticket to see Sunday, December 21st game against #15/16 Maryland. All coats will be donated to the Union Mission Ministries in downtown Norfolk. Bring your donation to the Box Office on game day to take advantage of the special offer.

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