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Lady Monarchs Try to Extend Reign At Colonial

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: March 07, 2002
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March 7, 2002

Old Dominion tries to further its iron-fisted rule of the Colonial Athletic Association as it begins its quest for an 11th consecutive tournament title Thursday against William & Mary in the quarterfinals.

The top-seeded and 15th-ranked Lady Monarchs (22-5) have had absolute power of the Colonial during coach Wendy Larry's tenure in Norfolk, Va., and completed an undefeated season in conference play for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.

Old Dominion won every conference game by at least 17 points, had an average victory margin of 33.3 points in its 18 CAA wins, held every conference opponent under 60 points and limited six of those teams to 40 points or fewer.

The Lady Monarchs carry a 15-game winning streak into this game and pounded William & Mary (12-15) last Friday in a 70-36 romp. Senior Lucienne Berthieu had 22 points and 14 rebounds while fellow upperclassman Hamchetou Maiga added 14 points and 12 boards for Old Dominion, which amassed a 44-19 advantage in rebounds.

The Tribe, who finished ninth in the Colonial, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 77-69 win over eighth-seeded Hofstra on Wednesday. Jen Sobota scored 15 of her 25 points in the second half for William & Mary, which sank 8 of 10 free throws in the final 77 seconds to seal the victory.

"This was one of our best efforts in a while," Tribe coach Debbie Taylor said. "It was a big win for us. Im proud of the effort."

Old Dominion also pounded William & Mary on the road this season, rolling to a 105-47 victory at Williamsburg, Va., on New Year's Day. The winner of this game will play the winner of the James Madison-George Mason game in the semifinals Friday.

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