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ODU Welcomes UAB Wed. at 7PM for MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 21, 2014
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NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion University women’s basketball team (9-9, 2-2) will take on the Blazers from UAB (10-7, 2-2) on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ted Constant Center. Wednesday night will also be Military Appreciation Night at the Ted Constant Center.

Tickets for Military Personnel and Veterans
Tickets are only $5 each for military personnel and veterans!

ALL-TIME SERIES
(11-2, Old Dominion) The Lady Monarchs have dominated this series, winning 11 of the 13 previous games. Wednesday night’s matchup will be the first time since March 1, 1991, the two teams have faced off.

ODU’s (9-9, 2-2) Probable Starters
No. 1 - Shae Kelley (F – Jr. – 6’3) – (16.9 ppg/10.7 rpg)
No. 3 - Chelisa Painter (F - RJr. – 6’1) – (8.3 ppg/5.2 rpg)
No. 5 - Galaisha Goodhope (G - So. – 5’5) – (7.7 ppg/3.3 apg)
No. 32 - Tiffany Minor (F - Jr. – 6’0) – (9.2 ppg/4.0 rpg)
No. 34 – Odegua Oigbokie (F – Fr. – 6’1) – (5.2 ppg/3.3 rpg)

UAB’s (10-7, 2-2) Probable Starters
No. 21 – Chelsee Black (G – So. – 5’6) – (14.8 ppg/4.2 rpg)
No. 23 – Kayla Anderson (F – So. – 6’1) – (5.5 ppg/4.9 rpg)
No. 24 – Karisma Chapman (F – Sr. – 5’11) – (18.4 ppg/8.1 rpg)
No. 30 – Ashley Grimes (G/F – Sr. – 5’9) – (15.5 ppg – 4.8 rpg)
No. 34 – Khoria Newman (F – So. – 5’10) – (1.7 ppg – 2.1 rpg)

MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT
Old Dominion University will provide tickets to 500 active duty servicemen and women, many of whom have recently returned from deployment, to attend Military appreciation basketball game.

The tickets are provided by individuals and corporations who are participating with the Treat the Troops program, an initiative started this year by the athletic department to recognize the contribution of active and retired military in Hampton Roads and their families. The program accepts contributions throughout the year to provide tickets to all of ODU’s ticketed athletic contests.

All military who present an active or retired military ID at the ticket windows the night of the games will be admitted for only $5 to the contests. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the Group Sales office at 683-7087.

Fans attending the Military Appreciation game on January 22nd can expect to see:
·         Members of the ODU Army and Navy ROTC units unveiling the oversized American flag on the court for the national anthem.
·         The ODU Pep Band playing the hymns of all branches of the armed services at halftime.
·         ODU Joint ROTC Choir singing the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” at halftime of the men’s basketball game.
·         The US Fleet Forces Command Ceremonial Band performing the national anthem and performing at halftime of the women’s basketball game.
·         Game ball presentations to the Sailor of the Year and Marine of the Year.
·         Presentation of our nation’s colors by Marine Forces Command color guard.
·         Post-game photo opportunity at midcourt for any armed services member or veteran with the ODU basketball team and coaches.
·         Military tributes on the videoboard.

Radio:
-ESPN94.1 in Hampton Roads
LISTEN LIVE for FREE on ESPN RADIO 94.1 (Will also include the pre- and postgame audio)
Wednesday’s game will be aired live with the voice of the Lady Monarchs, Doug Ripley on play-by-play and former Lady Monarch assistant coach, Susan Montgomery handling the color duties. Doug and Susan’s broadcast will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-game show from the Ted Constant Center. Following the contest, be sure to stay tuned in for the postgame show which will include live interviews with head coach Karen Barefoot and ODU’s Cox Communications Player of the Game!

STREAMING
All fans can watch and listen to the Lady Monarchs over the internet with Monarch Media on www.odusports.com All home games will be video streamed live from the Constant Center in HD. A Monarch Media subscription can be accessed by going to ODUSports.com, then clicking Multimedia then Monarch Media.

The ODU InGame Mobile App
The ODU InGame App is completely FREE and is compatible with Apple and Android products. The ODU InGame Mobile App includes LIVE stats for basketball games (and football, soccer and baseball), links for the live radio broadcast, social media feeds and up to the minute fan information!

The 2013-14 UAB Blazer’s (10-7, 2-2)
On Saturday, UAB lost a heartbreaker to Middle Tennessee, in a game that the Blazers were ahead by 12 in the first half, but just couldn’t hold off the Blue Raiders down the stretch. The Blazers were only able to get to the charity stripe five times, compared to Middle Tennessee’s 16 FTA’s. Three players finished the game with double figures, including: Chelsee Black who contributed 15 points, Ashley Grimes netted 12 points and Karisma Chapman earned her fourth double-double in a row after turning in 10 points and 10 rebounds.

This season, the Blazers have been led by the senior, Chapman, who is averaging over 19 points and 10 rebounds in Conference USA games this season. Chapman, the Pre-Season All Conference Team member, has recorded a double-double in all four C-USA games to this point, and has accumulated a total of seven on the season. Grimes (15.5 ppg) and Black (14.8) are also averaging double figures this season. Chapman, Grimes and Black have scored in double figures together 11 times this season. UAB also has one of the best defenses in Conference USA, ranking third in scoring defense, field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage.

This is UAB’s head coach, Randy Norton’s first season with the Blazers. In all, Randy has 30 years of coaching experience and 10 at the Division I level. Last year, as the associate head coach, Norton helped his Missouri Tigers earn a win over No. 9 Tennessee and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The 2013-14 Old Dominion University Lady Monarch’s (9-9, 2-2)
After starting out league play 0-2, the Lady Monarchs have impressingly won their two most recent C-USA games in dominating fashion, snapping Southern Miss.’s 12-game home winning-streak in a 92-82 road triumph, as well as holding the conference’s leading scoring team to just 44 points, in Old Dominion’s 80-44 thrashing of FAU this past Saturday.

So far this season the Lady Monarchs have been led by: Shae Kelley (16.9 points, 10.7 rebounds), Tiffany Minor (9.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg), Stephanie Gardner (8.4 ppg), Chelisa Painter (8.3 ppg, 5.2 rebounds) and Galaisha Goodhope (7.7 ppg, 3.3 apg). The Lady Monarchs are averaging 69.4 points a game and hitting 40.9 percent of their field goals on the season.

Shae Kelley will be seeking her 13th double-double of the season on Wednesday.

Old Dominion’s Last Outing
The Lady Monarchs handled the Owls of FAU with relative ease on Saturday night, beating them by a final score of 80-44. This win boosts the Lady Monarchs to an even .500 overall (9-9) and conference play (2-2).

Shae Kelley recorded her 12th double-double of the season and led the Lady Monarchs with 20 points (9-15 FG, 2-4 FT), 13 rebounds, two blocks and three assists. Also in double figures for Old Dominion were: Chelisa Painter (16 points on 6-10 FG’s and nine rebounds), and Becca Allison (10 points on 2-5 FG’s and 6-7 FT).

Old Dominion dished out a total of 22 assists compared to FAU’s 9; the Lady Monarchs also out rebounded the Owls, 55 to 32

For the game, Old Dominion shot 49.2% (30-61) from the field, 42.9% (6-14) from three and 63.6% (14-22) from the free-throw line. FAU was held to 28.1% (18-64) form the floor, 9.4% (3-32) from downtown and 55.6% (5-9) from the charity stripe.

Looking Ahead for the Lady Monarchs
The Old Dominion University women’s basketball team will hit the road to take on the conference’s top team, Middle Tennessee State (15-3, 4-0), Saturday, January 25, at 5:00 p.m. EST/4:00 p.m. (CT) in Murfreesboro, Tenn. 

Key Dates to Remember (Both Home Games)
Saturday, Feb. 1 - vs. Marshall - 7:00 p.m. (Barefoot Night)
Saturday, Feb 15 - vs. UTEP - 7:00 p.m. (Hoops for a Cure)

Next Karen Barefoot Coach’s Show
The next Coach’s Show will be Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at YNot Pizza and Italian Cuisine in the University Village, hosted by the Voice of the Lady Monarchs, Doug Ripley, on ESPN Radio 94.1.

Group Sales
For group outings (10+ tickets), please call Todd McKeating at (757)-683-7087 for special rates!

Be sure to follow ODU Women’s Basketball at @ODUWBB on Twitter and ‘Like’ the ODU Lady Monarch Basketball page by clicking HERE to stay up to date with the latest news and coverage.

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