Lady Monarchs Cruise To 13th Straight Victory With 78-51 Win Over UNC-Wilmington
By ODU Athletics
Feb. 17, 2006
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion women's basketball cruised to its 13th straight win with a 78-51 win over UNC-Wilmington Friday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
The Lady Monarchs improved to 15-7 overall and 13-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association heading into Sunday's game against Delaware, pairing the teams from last year's thrilling CAA Tournament finale. The Seahawks fall to 13-10 overall and 7-7 in the CAA.
Sophomore T.J. Jordan (Portsmouth, Va.) poured in 19 points shooting 5-of-7 from three-point range. Junior Tish Lyons (Newport News, Va.) registered 11 points. Junior Shantel Wilson (Washington, D.C.) led the rebounding department with seven. Both Wilson and senior Lawona Davis (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) each tied their career-high with seven assists.
For UNC-Wilmington, leading scorer Sahsha Taylor was the lone Seahawk in double figures with 11. She also hauled in a team-high six boards.
Old Dominion led from beginning to end starting the game off with a 7-0 run. Alex Stewart, a product from nearby Chesapeake and Great Bridge High School, and leading scorer Sahsha Taylor followed by putting in back-to-back buckets to cut the UNC-Wilmington deficit to three, but that would be the closest the Seahawks would get all night.
With 9:10 remaining in the first half, sophomore Shahida William (Newark, N.J.) added in the first of her nine points to put Old Dominion, 19-8, as the Lady Monarchs opened up a double figure lead for the rest of the night. At half, the Lady Monarchs were holding a 36-21 edge.
It was more of the same in the second half. A Paula Muxiri (Luanda, Angola) fast break lay-up with 11:41 saw the Lady Monarch extend their lead to over 20 points with a 50-29 advantage. Old Dominion held as much as a 30-point lead in the closing minutes of the game. The Seahawks almost became the fifth straight team to be held to 50 points or under by the Lady Monarchs. However, Stephanie Fernald hit a three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining, UNC-Wilmington's lone points from downtown, to give the Seahawks 51 points for the night.
The Lady Monarchs return to action at the Bob Carpenter Center on Sunday in Newark, Delaware. Old Dominion and Delaware tip-off at 1:00 p.m.