Lady Monarchs Travel to VCU on Monday for 6PM Tipoff
RICHMOND, Va. – The Old Dominion University women’s basketball team (6-5) will travel to take on Virginia Commonwealth University (11-1) on Monday, Dec. 30. These two old conference foes will collide again at the Siegel Center at 6 p.m. The Lady Monarchs are currently 4-1 in the month of December, which stands as their best record in the month since 2007-08.
ODU and VCU have met a total of 70 times leading up to Monday’s showdown. Old Dominion has won 56 of the 70 dominating the series. VCU has won four out of the last five meetings.
ODU (6-5) Probable Starters
No. 0 - Stephanie Gardner (G - Sr. – 5’7)
No. 1 - Shae Kelley (F – Jr. – 6’3)
No. 3 - Chelisa Painter (F - RJr. – 6’1)
No. 5 - Galaisha Goodhope (G - So. – 5’5)
No. 32 - Tiffany Minor (F - Jr. – 6’0)
VCU (11-1) Probable Starters
No. 22 – Zakia Williams (G – Sr. – 5’7)
No. 24 – Robyn Parks (F/G – Sr. – 6’0)
No. 34 – Kiera Robinson (G – Fr. – 5’8)
No. 44 – Comille Calhoun (F/G – Fr. – 6’0)
No. 45 – Isis Thrope (G – Fr. – 5’8)
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The Rams (11-1)
The Rams are coached by second year head coach Marlene Stollings. Stollings won Big South Conference Coach Of the Year honors in 2012, guiding Winthrop to just their second winning season in 26 years. VCU’s lone loss this season came at the hands of Ohio State on Nov. 14, 83-71, in Columbus, Ohio. The Rams are currently on a 10-game win streak. Most recently, Virginia Commonwealth defeated NJIT on Dec. 28, 77-72.
The Old Dominion University Lady Monarch’s (6-5) Last Time Out
In a game that the Old Dominion women’s basketball team (6-5) never trailed William and Mary (2-7), the Lady Monarchs would go onto a 60-49 victory at Kaplan Arena on Dec. 21.
Junior co-captain, Shae Kelley recorded her seventh double-double of the season after her 20 points and 12 rebound performance in Williamsburg. Tiffany Minor scored nine points and hauled down eight rebounds, while Becca Allison also scored nine points and grabbed seven boards. Chelisa Painter had another solid performance as she went for seven points and four rebounds.
In the second half, the Tribe cut their deficit down to 10 points on five different occasions, but the Lady Monarchs proved to be too much down the stretch for W&M. For the game, ODU outrebounded William and Mary, 54-25. Old Dominion dominated the points in the paint (30-20), second chance points (20-6) and bench points (18-7).
Perhaps the spark of the game came from freshman Destinee Young, who got the nod for her first start of her young collegiate career, and did a little bit of everything just 17 minutes (four points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal).
OPTIMA HEALTH CHALLENGE
Last Saturday’s game was apart of the annual Optima Health Challenge between Old Dominion and William and Mary. On Saturday, 10 points were awarded to ODU in the challenge, which encompasses all athletic events between two schools. Currently the challenge’s score is 20-10 with Old Dominion in the lead. The next event of the challenge will be men’s basketball on Jan. 1 at W&M Hall. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Lady Monarchs will travel to Duke on Jan. 2 to take on the Blue Devils before returning back home on Jan. 5 when they take on North Carolina Central on Military Day.
Next Karen Barefoot Coach’s Show
The next Coach’s Show will be Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at YNot in the University Village.
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