Lady Monarchs Announce Complete 2014-15 Schedule
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion women’s basketball program unveiled its 2014-15 Conference USA schedule on Thursday.
“We are anxious for this extremely competitive C-USA season and ready to compete in front of one the best fan bases in the country,” exclaimed head coach Karen Barefoot.
Old Dominion will open its conference slate in January with three consecutive conference home games: Charlotte (Jan. 4), Marshall (Jan. 8) and Western Kentucky (Jan. 10). This will be WKU’s first season in Conference USA, as the Hilltoppers earned a birth in last year’s NCAA Tournament before falling to Baylor in the First Round.
ODU will then travel to Texas to play Rice (Jan. 15) and North Texas (Jan. 17), before returning home to host Middle Tennessee (Jan. 22) and UAB (Jan. 24). Last year’s Blue Raiders squad claimed the C-USA regular season crown, as well as the conference tournament title, en route to clinching their 17th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
The Lady Monarchs will close out the month of January in Florida for showdowns at FIU (Jan. 29) and FAU (Jan. 31) before traveling to Charlotte on Feb. 7. Barefoot and company will return home to take on UTSA on Feb. 12 and 2014 WNIT runner-up UTEP on Feb. 14.
Old Dominion will revisit Hattiesburg, Miss. this season on Feb. 19 to play Southern Miss, where the Lady Monarchs provided the Lady Eagles their sole home defeat last year.
On Feb. 21, ODU travels to LA Tech before returning home for games against Rice (Feb. 26) and North Texas (Feb 28). Old Dominion will close its conference and regular season slate at Marshall on March 5 and then at WKU on March 7.
UAB and the City of Birmingham were selected to host the 2015 Conference USA Men's & Women's Basketball Championships. The 2015 Championships are scheduled for Wednesday, March 11 through Saturday, March 14. Games will be held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center and Bartow Arena on the campus of UAB.
The Lady Monarchs will open their non-conference schedule, which was revealed in June, with a three-game home swing at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Nov. 14 against Presbyterian. Old Dominion will then play former CAA rival William & Mary on Nov. 17, and 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Duke on Nov. 20. The Blue Devils finished last season with a 28-7 record and reached the 2014 NCAA tournament second round.
Old Dominion will hit the road for the first time when it visits Blacksburg to square-off with in-state rival Virginia Tech on Nov. 25.
The Lady Monarchs will return home to play three straight home games against Rider on Nov. 30, Howard on Dec. 3 (Education Day) and historic rival and 2014 WNIT participant, VCU, on Dec. 5.
Old Dominion hits the road once again to play 2014 NCAA quarterfinalist Louisville in Kentucky, on Dec. 15.
The game against the Cardinals will be followed by a trip to Las Vegas for the Holiday Hoops Classic, where the Lady Monarchs will take on Miami of Ohio on Saturday, Dec. 20 and then the University of Illinois at Chicago on Dec. 21. UIC is coached by ODU alumni and former assistant coach, Regina Miller.
The Lady Monarchs will close their non-conference schedule on the road facing 2014 NCAA tournament participant California on Dec. 29.
The slate is highlighted by three schools in which ESPN’s Charlie Crème has ranked in the Top 20 of his 2014-15 preseason rankings: No. 7 Duke, No. 11 California and No. 16 Louisville. All three of these schools also finished the 2013-14 season ranked in the Top 20: No. 4 Louisville, No. 9 Duke and No. 20 California, with Louisville and Cal making Final Four in 2012-13.
Old Dominion finished its 2013-14 campaign with a record of 18-16 and earned its second consecutive bid to the WNIT, finishing the season winning nine of the last 13 games. The Lady Monarchs return the majority of last season’s team, including four starters for this upcoming season.
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