Jan. 9, 2013
Thursday, Jan. 10 - 7:00 p.m.
Towson (6-6, 0-1) at Old Dominion (10-3, 1-0)
Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,600) - Norfolk, Va.
STAR 1310 AM Radio
Play-by-play: Tony Mercurio
Color: Susan Montgomery
ODU Game Notes
Towson Game Notes
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team opens up conference action at home on Thursday evening when host Towson at the Ted Constant Convocation Center at 7 p.m.
CAA HOME OPENERS
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 on Jan. 9, 2005 against Delaware, 73-70.
Against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association, ODU has a record 264- 36 (.880).
SUNDAY'S HISTORIC WIN
The Lady Monarchs used a furious 42-16 rally to end the game and overcome a 20-point second half deficit to stun Georgia State on Jan. 6 in Atlanta in their CAA opener, 72-66.
The win is the 950th in program history and improves ODU to 21-1 all-time in CAA openers while the Lady Monarchs moved to 14-1 all-time against the Panthers.
Galaisha Goodhope scored a career-high 21 points to lead all scorers with 19 of those points coming in the second half. Ashley Betz-White added 14 points and three assists to power ODU.
Tiffany Minor matched her career with 10 points while Shakeva Richards, playing in her hometown, added seven points and six assists. The ODU bench outscored GSU, 40-17.
GOODHOPE NAMED CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Galaisha Goodhope was named the CAA Rookie of the Week on Jan. 7 after the freshman averaged 14.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 20 minutes per contest off the bench as she collected three assists, two steals and shot .429 (9-for-21) from the field against Pittsburgh and Georgia State. In addition, she shot .714 (10-for-14) from the free throw line for the week.
Goodhope (set a career-high with 21 points on Sunday, 19 of which came in the second half as she helped spur the Lady Monarchs on a 42-16 run to end the game after they trailed Georgia State by 20 points with 13:21 in the second half.
In that 72-66 comeback win for Old Dominion, Goodhope was 6-for-11 from the field and 9-for-10 from the free throw line in just 18 minutes of action while grabbing five rebounds, a steal and registering an assist.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Out of 343 teams, ODU ranks in the top 50 nationally in the following categories: #22 in FG % Defense (.339), #23 in Turnover Margin (5.85), #41 in Scoring Defense (54.5 ppg, #42 in Assists Per Game (15.7) and #48 in Steal Per Game (11.5).
The Lady Monarchs have forced 309 turnovers in 13 games this year (23.8 per game).
The Lady Monarchs are ranked atop the CAA in the following categories per game entering league play: Turnover Margin (+5.8) while ranking second in Assists, (15.7), Scoring Margin (+12.2) and Assist/ Turnover Ratio (0.9).
Thursday’s meeting will be the 20th meeting all-time between Old Dominion and Towson. The teams first meet in 2001 with ODU holding a 18-1 advantage in the all-time series. Towson’s only win came on Mar. 3, 2010 in overtime in Norfolk, 64-56.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
The Tigers opened conference action on Sunday with a 76-55 loss at Drexel . Towson went 6-5 in non-conference action this season with wins over Mahattan, Morgan State, UMBC, Coppin State, Delaware State and Maine.
Junior Tanisha McTiller leads Towson with 17.1 points per contest along with 7.1 rebounds per game and 47 assists. Freshman Dominique Johnson adds 10.3 points per game
Head Coach Joe Mathews is in his 12th season at Towson. The Tigers have just three juniors and one senior on their roster in 2012-13 and are one of the youngest teams in the country with eight underclassmen. Junior guard Tanisha McTiller is the leading returning scorer for the Tigers after averaging 11.1 points per contest last season and 4.2 rebounds per game.
In a vote of the league’s coaches, Towson was picked to finish in a tie for ninth with William & Mary in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Tigers finished 16-14 overall last season and 7-11 in the CAA.
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.
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.
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. 15th 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.
FEATURED LADY MONARCH
After Thursday night's game, freshman Galaisha Goodhope will be signing autographs for fans in the main concourse at the Raisin' Canes Guest Services Booth.
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