Jan. 23, 2013
Thursday, Jan. 24 - 7:00 p.m.
Georgia State (9-7, 1-4) at Old Dominion (12-5, 3-2)
Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,600) - Norfolk, Va.
ESPN 94.1 FM Radio
Play-by-play: Tony Mercurio
Color: Susan Montgomery
ODU Game Notes
GSU Game Notes
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team returns home for three of their next four games beginning on Thursday night when they host Georgia State at 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
A COMEBACK FOR THE AGES
The last time Old Dominion and Georgia State met on the hardwood, the Lady Monarchs used one of the biggest comebacks in their illustrious history to pull out a victory in Atlanta on Jan. 6. Down 50-30 with 13:21 remaining, ODU closed out the game on a 42-16 run to stun the Panthers, 72-66. Galaisha Goodhope spurred the comeback with 19 of her career-high 21 points coming in the second half.
COMING OFF A LOSS
Old Dominion will put their undefeated 4-0 mark coming off a loss this season to the test on Thursday against Georgia State. The Lady Monarchs were a perfect 5-0 in road games before Sunday’s loss at Hofstra.
FREE THROW LINE
ODU has been hot from the free throw line since CAA play has started. In three of the last four games, the Lady Monarchs have shot over 80% from the chairty stripe including a season high 84.6% from the line at UNCW on Jan. 17. In four of their five CAA games this season, ODU is 79% or better from the free throw line.
The Lady Monarchs continue to utilize their bench and depth having outscored the opposition 449-227 in bench points this season. 40 percent of ODU’s season point total has come from their bench compared to just 24 percent from the opposition. In CAA play, the ODU bench is outscoring the opposing bench, 160-46.
ODU has had more bench points in 13 of their 17 games this season.
CAA ROOKIE AWARDS
With LaQuanda Younger picking up her second CAA Rookie of the Week honors this season on Monday, that marks the eight time since the beginning of the 2011-12 season that an ODU player has recieved this award. Last season, Ashley Betz-White, the CAA Rookie of the Year, was honored four times while freshman Galaisha Goodhope earned the honor on Jan. 7 this season.
LaQuanda Younger NAMED CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LaQuanda Younger was named the CAA Rookie of the Week for the second time this season it was announced by the league office on Jan. 21.
Younger recorded career-highs in points in back-to-back games last week as she drilled eight three-pointers in two road contests at UNC Wilmington (1/17) and Hofstra (1/20).
In Thursday’s win over the Seahawks, thre freshman guard was ODU’s leading scorer as she connected on four three-pointers in the first half to lead the team with 12 points. On Sunday, she drained four field goals from behind the arc and scored 14 total points. She was 8-for-11 (.727) from three-point range during the week, scoring 26 total points to go along with a pair of rebounds and a steal in 41 combined minutes of action.
Sunday’s meeting will be the16th and final meeting between Old Dominion and Georgia State as CAA foes. The teams first meet in 2006 with ODU holding a 14-1 advantage in the all-time series. GSU’s only win came on Jan. 29, 2009 in Atlanta, 75-62. ODU won in Atlanta on Jan. 6, 72-66.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
The Panthers are just 1-4 in CAA action and since their initial meeting with ODU on Jan. 6 in the conference opener which saw the Lady Monarchs rally from a 20-point second half deficit to stun GSU in Atlanta, 72-66.
Sophomore Kayla Nolan leads the Panthers with 10.7 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per contest while junior Kendra Long adds 10.5 points per game and leads the team with 36 steals and 23 three-pointers while senior Cody Paulk leads the team with 8.1 rebounds per contest to go along with 9.8 points per game and 42 blocks.
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 gave up a season-high 83 points and fell to Hofstra on Jan. 20 at the Mack Sports Complex, 83-72.
The Lady Monarchs forced 23 turnovers, the 12th time in 17 games this season an opponent has turned it over on 20 or more occasions, but Hofstra shot 49.1 percent (28-57) from the field led by All-American center Shante Evans who recorded her 58th career double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds.
Shae Kelley scored in double digits for the 11th time in 17 games and powered the ODU offense with 16 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist. LaQuanda Younger hit four three-pointers for the second consecutive game and set another new career-high with 14 points.
ODU shot 42.4 percent from the field (25- 59) as Becca Allison added 11 points, two rebounds and two assists but the Lady Monarchs were just 4-for-22 (18.2 percent) from behind the arc with all four treys coming from Younger.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Out of 343 teams, ODU ranks in the top 50 nationally in the following categories: #23 in 3-PT FG% Defense (.258), #24 in Turnover Margin (5.35) and #48 in Assists Per Game (15.3).
The Lady Monarchs have forced 387 turnovers in 17 games this year (22.8 per game).
The Lady Monarchs are ranked atop the CAA in the following categories per game entering league play: Turnover Margin (+5.35) while ranking second in Scoring Margin (+9.7), Assists (15.3) and Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.9).
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. 29th 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
Stick around after the game and get autographs at the Raisin' Caines Guest Services Booth in the main concourse from this game's featured ODU player Michelle Brandao.
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