Old Dominion Nearly Upsets No. 4 Stanford

November 24, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 24, 2007

Box Score

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- The unranked Lady Monarchs (3-2) showed no signs of intimidation after losing to second-ranked Connecticut 86-43 on Friday night as Old Dominion was edged out 69-61 by No. 4/4 Stanford in game two of the Paradise Jam Saturday night.

Old Dominion came out as the aggressors and outrebounded the Cardinal 13-4 over the first 7 minutes to take an 11-8 lead. The Cardinal (4-1) started slowly, allowing the Lady Monarchs to tie it at 38 with 15:50 remaining, but gradually pulled away with 11-for-23 shooting in the second half.

The lead changed hands nine times before Appel hit a layup at the halftime buzzer to put Stanford ahead 34-32. Old Dominion never led in the second half.

While Lady Monarchs stayed close in the first half by going 10-for-11 from the free-throw line, but they went only 7-for-14 in the second half. They also had 20 turnovers, leading to 20 points for Stanford.

Stanford used a 6-0 run, all on free throws, to take a 62-51 lead with 1:20 remaining to help seal the victory.

Kayla Pedersen had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Stanford. Jillian Harmon added 16 points, while Jayne Appel had 11, and Candice Wiggins 10.

Jen Nuzzo (Newport News, Va.) led Old Dominion with 14 points, a new career-mark for the senior point guard. Classmate Megan Pym, (Newfield, N.Y.), fighting a sprained ankle from Friday's contest with the Huskies, added 12 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. Sophomore Jessica Canady (Williamsburg, Va.) had 11 points.

The Old Dominion women's basketball team returns to action on Sunday against No. 22/20 Purdue at 3:30 p.m. (EST) in the 5th/6th place game of the Paradise Jam.