Jan. 5, 2013
Sunday, Jan. 6 - 2:00 p.m.
Old Dominion (9-3, 0-0) at Georgia State (8-3, 0-0)
GSU Sports Arena (3,455) - Atlanta, Ga.
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Play-by-play: Doug Ripley
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NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team opens up conference action on Sunday when they travel to Georgia State for a 2 p.m. tip at the GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta.
The Lady Monarchs are 20-1 all-time in CAA openers as they enter their 22nd and final year in the league. The lone loss came last season at George Mason, 85-69.
Against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association, ODU has a record 263- 36 (.880).
ATOP THE CAA IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
Old Dominion finished tied for the best non-conference record in the league at 9-3 along with Delaware while Georgia State finished at 8-3.
Both the nine non-conference wins and the 9-3 start are bests for ODU since the 2007- 08 season when they went to the Sweet 16 with a record of 31-5.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Out of 343 teams, ODU ranks in the top 50 nationally in the following categories: #21 in Turnover Margin (5.92), #27 in 3-PT FG% Defense (.248), #27 in Assists Per Game (16.4), #27 in FG % Defense (.337), #35 in Scoring Defense (53.5 ppg), #50 in Scoring Margin (12.8) and #50 in Steal Per Game (11.5).
The Lady Monarchs are ranked atop the CAA in the following categories per game entering league play: Assists (17.3), Steals (12.7) and Turnover Margin (+6.5) while ranking second in Scoring Margin (+12.8), Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.9), Blocked Shots (5.1) and Defensive Rebounds (27.0).
Sunday’s meeting will be the15th meeting between Old Dominion and Georgia State. The teams first meet in 2006 with ODU holding a 13-1 advantage in the all-time series. GSU’s only win came on Jan. 29, 2009 in Atlanta, 75-62.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
The Panthers open conference action after finishing non-conference play with a record of 8-3. GSU closed 2012 with a win over Mississippi Valley State at home before falling to Toledo in their holiday tournament in Atlanta. Georgia State has already matched their overall win total from a year ago.
Sophomore Kayla Nolan leads the Panthers with 11.2 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per contest while junior Kendra Long adds 10.5 points per game and leads the team with 22 steals and 18 three-pointers while senior Cody Paulk leads the team with 8.3 rebounds per contest to go along with 9.0 points per game.
Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener is in her third year at Georgia State. The Panthers return six players who played in all 30 games last year with a combined 87 starts. A pair of junior college transfers along with a pair of D-1 transfers along with a trio of freshmen round out the GSU newcomers this season.
In a vote of the league’s 15 coaches, Georgia State was picked to finish 11th in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Panthers finished 8-22 last season and 2-16 in the CAA.
LAST TIME OUT
ODU was edged in a tightly contested back-and-forth affair against Pittsburgh, 55-54, on Jan. 2 in Norfolk.
After trailing by as many as nine points in the first half and facing a 23-18 halftime deficit, ODU was able to go on a 23-8 run in the first 11 minutes of the second half, a run that included 14-0 at one point. Pittsburgh was able to sustain the run that saw Old Dominion up 10 points with less than nine minutes to play as the Panthers closed the game on a 24-13 run of their own.
The Lady Monarchs forced 20 Panther turnovers which makes it the ninth team in 12 games this season an opponents has turned it over 20 or more times. Shae Kelley powered the ODU offense as she scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds along with a career-high seven steals and added three assists and two blocks in 35 minutes of action. It is the eighth time in 12 games this season that Kelley has scored in double figures.
ODU head coach Karen Barefoot enters her 14th year as a head coach in 2012-13 and 200 plus wins in her career as she leads the Lady Monarch program in year two. As head coach at the Apprentice School in 2001, she led the Builders to a National Championship in the school's first ever women's sport while taking Lenoir-Rhyne the NCAA Tournament in the 2002-03 season. In 2010-11 while at Elon, she led the Phoenix to the WBI, the schools first ever women's basketball tournament appearance. The last time that ODU made the NCAA Tournament was in 2008 when Barefoot was an assistant coach for the Lady Monarchs and helped them make the Sweet 16.
KAREN BAREFOOT SHOW
The Karen Barefoot Coach's Shows continue to pack the house at YNot Pizza in the Village behind the Ted. Joined by host Doug Ripley, Barefoot reviews the previous week's game and gives insight into the upcoming Lady Monarch matchups all season long. The next show is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8th at 6 p.m.
LADY MONARCHS INK TWO
Coach Barefoot announced the addition of Odegua Oigbokie and Destinee Young who signed letters of intent to play for the Lady Monarchs next fall on Nov. 14.
Oigbokie is a highly touted forward from Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Tenn., while Young is a power forward out of Hoffman Estates High School in Hoffmann Estates, Ill.
Oigbokie, who is 6-foot-1, averaged 18 points and eight rebounds as a junior and has been named all-district and all-region for Ridgeway the past two seasons. Young, who is also 6-foot-1, averaged 15.4 points and 11 rebounds as a junior at Hoffman Estates High School, where she already is the record holder for career rebounds and single-season blocks.
Out of the five recruits that second-year head coach Karen Barefoot has landed at ODU, four have been rated as three stars or better by ESPN. The other three were local freshmen guards Galaisha Goodhope out of Norfolk and LaQuanda Younger of Newport News and forward Chelisa Painter from Chesapeake who is sitting out this season after transferring from George Washington.
Head Coach Karen Barefoot added three freshmen this season in local talented guards Galaisha Goodhope and LaQuanda Younger along with center Brittany Martin out of the New York. Transferring in are forward Shae Kelley and Miami (FL) transfer guard Stephanie Gardner. The incoming class is ranked the best in the CAA and No. 42 in the country overall.
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