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Lady Monarchs Travel to Rice Wed. at 8PM (EST) for C-USA Showdown

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: February 17, 2014
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HOUSTON, Texas – The Old Dominion University women’s basketball team (11-13, 4-6) will travel to Rice University (11-13, 4-7) to square-off with the Owls in Tudor Fieldhouse on Wednesday, February 19, at 8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. CST.

ALL-TIME SERIES
(0-0)
Wednesday night’s showdown will be the first time in school history that the Lady Monarchs have played the Owls of Rice.

Old Dominion’s (11-13, 4-6) Probable Starters
No. 01 – Shae Kelley (F – Jr. – 6’3) – (16.9 ppg/10.2 rpg)
No. 03 – Chelisa Painter (F – RJr. – 6’1) – (8.8 ppg/5.8 rpg)
No. 05 – Galaisha Goodhope (G – So. – 5’5) – (7.8 ppg/3.6 rpg)
No. 32 – Tiffany Minor (F – Jr. – 6’0) – (8.6 ppg/3.9 rpg)
No. 34 – Odegua Oigbokie (F – Fr. – 6’1) – (4.9 ppg/3.3 rpg)

Rice’s (11-13, 4-7) Probable Starters
No. 05 – Reem Moussa (G – Jr. - 5’5) – (4.3 ppg/3 apg)
No. 21 –Nakachi Maduka (G – Jr. - 5’11) – (6.0 ppg/2.2 rpg)
No. 30 – Jessica Kuster (F – Sr. – 6’2) - (20.5 ppg/13.5 rpg)
No. 31 – Christal Porter (G- Jr. - 6’0) - (7.1 ppg/6.6 rpg)
No. 40 – Megan Palmer (F – So. - 6’1) - (4.3 ppg/2.3 rpg)

MULTIMEDIA
Radio:
ESPN Radio 94.1 in Hampton Roads

Broadcast will include a pre- and postgame show!
Wednesday’s game will be aired live on ESPN Radio 94.1, with Voice of the Lady Monarchs Doug Ripley on the play-by-play call and former Lady Monarch assistant coach, Susan Montgomery handling color duties. Doug and Susan’s radio broadcast will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST/6:30 p.m. CST from the Tudor Fieldhouse.

STREAMING:
LIVE VIDEO STREAMING (
Requires a Rice All-Access Subscription)

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 links for the live radio broadcast, social media feeds and up to the minute fan information!

What You Need to Know About the 2013-14 Lady Monarchs:
Attendance
-Old Dominion currently averages 2,929 fans per contest, which is second in Conference USA and No. 38 in the country.

Protecting the Ted
-The Lady Monarchs are 8-4 at home this season.

Team Stat
-Steals Per Game: ODU ranks 94th in the nation and 5th in the conference with 8.7 steals per contest.

Individual Stats
-Galaisha Goohope is currently ranked 7th in the C-USA for assists per game with 3.6.
-Galaisha Goodhope ranks No. 10 in the conference for her +1.33 assist to turnover ratio.
-Galaisha Goodhope has the 10th best steals per game average (1.88) in the conference.
-Tiffany Minor has the 10th highest average in Conference USA for three-pointers made per game with 1.72.
-Chelisa Painter ranks No. 9 in Conference USA play with 3.27 offensive boards per contest.

Shae Kelley
-Double Doubles: Shae Kelley ranks 20th in the nation and 4th in the conference with 13.
-Rebounds Per Game: Shae Kelley 36th in the nation and No. 4 in the conference with 10.2 rpg.
-Shae Kelley is the No. 7 leading scorer in Conference USA (16.9 ppg).
-Shae is averaging two steals per game, which is good for fifth best in the C-USA.
-Shae is the sixth leading defensive rebounder in conference play this season, averaging 6.91 per contest.
-Shae also has the conference’s 11th highest blocked shots per game average with 1.16.

Other Lady Monarch Notes from This Season:
Karen Barefoot Claims Win No. 250
When the Lady Monarchs defeated Marshall 65-52 in overtime on February 1, at the Ted Constant Center, the victory gave ODU head coach, Karen Barefoot, 250 career wins.

ODU's Recruiting Class Nationally Ranked No. 43
The All Star Girls Report has released their top 115 schools’ incoming recruiting classes for 2014 and has ranked the Old Dominion University women’s basketball team No. 43, which is the top ranked team in Conference USA.
LADY MONARCH RECRUITING CLASS IN ALL
Transfers

-Annika Holopainen, (Portland transfer), 6’1, F
-Jennie Simms, No. 62 (West Virginia transfer), 6’0, F
From High School
-Keyana Brown, No. 284, 5’11, G
-Auteaonna Gilmore, No. 114, 5’8 PG
-Maia Lee, No. 225, 6’3, C

Kelley Becomes First Basketball Player in School’s History to Garner ‘C-USA Player of the Week’ Honors
On December 9, 2013, Old Dominion University’s junior forward Shae Kelley was named C-USA Player of the Week. For the two games that week, Shae averaged 25 points, 14.5 rebounds, four assists, three steals and 1.5 blocked shots per game and shot an average of 56.4% from the floor.

Former CAA Rookie of the Year, Ashley Betz-White Will Redshirt 2013-14 Season
On January 29th, Old Dominion University women’s basketball head coach, Karen Barefoot announced that the Lady Monarch’s all-conference junior guard, Ashley Betz-White, will redshirt this season due to bilateral stress fractures in her lower legs.

Lady Monarch’s 2013-14 Education Day
The women’s basketball team had 8,086 elementary school children at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Dec. 4, 2013 for its third annual Education Day Game with the Norfolk Public Schools. The game marked the Lady Monarchs’ highest attended game since the Ted opened in 2002.

About the 2013-14 Rice Owls
Greg Williams enters his ninth season at the helm for Rice and has lead the Owls to two C-USA title games, along with four postseason appearances. Williams got his first head coaching position in 1980 with the WBL's Dallas Diamonds, a team that featured ODU alumni Nancy Liberman and drew more fans than the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks in the WBL championship series in 1981. Williams was the first coach to be a head coach in three different women’s leagues (WBL, WABA, WNBA).

The Owls are led by senior forward Jessica Kuster, who averages just over 20 points a game. She became the all-time leading scorer at Rice against Tulane on Jan. 29 with 1,881 points. She also holds the Rice record for rebounds and career field goals made. Rice is 10-3 when they out rebound their opponent, and are just 1-9 when they do not.

Rices Stats
-Three Point FG Defense: Rice is ranked 40th nationally and second in the conference with 28.2%.
-Rebound Margin: The Owls are ranked 7th in rebound margin with +2.2.

Jessica Kuster                 
-Double Doubles: Kuster ranks second nationally and is first in C- USA with 21.
-Overall Points: Kuster is 30th in the nation and third in C-USA with 493.
-Points Per Game: Kuster is 29th in the nation and 3rd in C-USA with 20.5.
-Rebounds Per Game: Kuster is 4th in the nation and 1st in C-USA with 13.5.

ROAD TRIP
The Lady Monarchs will remain on the road in Texas on Saturday, February 22, in San Antonio, where Old Dominion will take on the Roadrunners of UTSA at 8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. CST.

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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