Feb. 2, 2013
Sunday, Feb. 3 - 3:00 p.m.
Old Dominion (14-6, 5-3) vs. UNC Wilmington (2-16, 1-6)
Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,600) - Norfolk, Va.
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ODU Game Notes
UNCW Game Notes
The Last Meeting
January 17, 2013
Lady Monarchs Cruise Past Seahawks, 74-50
The Old Dominion University women's basketball team scored a season-high 42 first half points and improved to 5-0 this season on the road on Thursday night at Trask Coliseum with a 74-50 victory over UNC Wilmington.
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team rounds out their homestand on Sunday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center with a 3 p.m. tip against UNC Wilmington in a game that will be televised regionally by Comcast SportsNet.
DOWN BUT NOT OUTOld Dominion kept their unblemished record alive on Thursday when coming off a loss as they defeated Drexel, 53-50, to improve to 6-0 in games this season following a defeat.
BUCHAN EARNS ACADEMIC AWARD
Redshirt senior Mairi Buchan was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team on Jan. 31 for the second straight year. The teams are selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Buchan holds a 3.93 grade point average majoring in biology (pre-med).
FREE THROW LINE
ODU has been hot from the free throw line since CAA play has started. In four of of their eight league 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 seven of their eight CAA games this season, ODU is 71% or better from the free throw line. Overall in CAA action this season, ODU is shooting 76.4% (110-144).
The Lady Monarchs continue to utilize their bench having outscored the opposition 517-264 in bench points this season. 39 percent of ODU’s season point total has come from their bench compared to just 23 percent from the opposition. In CAA play, the ODU bench is outscoring the opposing bench, 228-83.
ODU has had more bench points in 15 of their 20 games this season.
Sunday’s meeting will be the 46th and final meeting between ODU and UNCW as CAA foes. The two teams fist met in 1992 with the Lady Monarchs holding a 44-1 advantage in the series. UNCW’s first ever win over ODU came just last season in Norfolk, 76-54. ODU won at UNCW back on Jan. 17, 74-50.
SCOUTING THE SEAHAWKS
The Seahawks fell in a barnburner in Wilmington on Thursday to William and Mary, 63-61. UNCW has dropped five in a row since early January including a 74-50 game to ODU back on Jan. 17. The Seahawks are 2-16 overall and 1-6 in league play.
Redshirt junior guard Jessica Freeman leads the Seahawks in scoring at 10.6 points per game while senior forward Karneshia Garrett averages 10.6 rebounds per contest (second in the CAA) to go along with 9.5 points per game.
Head Coach Adell Harris is in her first season as the head of the UNCW program. The Seahawks return three starters and seven letterwinners from last season’s squad that posted 20 victories and made its second straight appearance in the Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
In a vote of the league’s coaches, UNC Wilmington was picked to finish seventh in the league . The Seahawks finished 20-13 overall last season and 11-7 in the CAA.
LAST TIME OUT
ODU persevered late to top Drexel at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Jan. 31, 53-50. After Old Dominion was able to open up a 13-point margin early in the second half, Drexel was able to claw back behind the CAA’s leading scorer in senior Hollie Mershon, who scored 15 of her game-high 22 points in the second half.
The Dragons took their first lead of the game since midway through the first half with 3:32 to play after a Mershon free throw but Jackie Cook responded when she nailed a three-pointer a minute later to give ODU back the lead they would not relinquish. Neither team then made a shot until Shae Kelley’s bucket with 23 seconds left put ODU up four at 51-47. The Dragons were able to hit a three-pointer to close within one with eight seconds left but Cook connected on a pair of free throws after she was fouled and Drexel never got off a shot before the clock expired to give the Lady Monarchs the win.
Kelley missed her third straight double-double by just a point as she added nine points, 10 rebounds, two steals, a block and an assists while Minor set her career-high with 12 points, two rebounds and two steals. Cook led ODU with 14 points and seven rebounds and Ashley Betz-White set a new career-high with nine assists which is the most by an ODU player in a game this season.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Out of 343 teams, ODU ranks in the top 50 nationally in the following categories:
#23 Turnover Margin 5.25
#46 Steals Per Game 11.1
The Lady Monarchs have forced 449 turnovers in 20 games this year (22.5 per game).
The Lady Monarchs are atop the CAA in the following categories per game:
#1 Turnover Margin 5.25
#2 Assists Per Game 15.3
#2 Steals Per Game 11.1
#3 Assist/Turnover Ratio 0.9
#3 Blocked Shots 3.9
#3 Scoring Margin +9.3
#3 Field Goal % Defense .360
#3 Field Goal % .411
#3 Scoring Defense 56.3
#3 3-PT FG % Defense .273
#3 Scoring Offense 65.7
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.
CAA ROOKIE AWARDS
With LaQuanda Younger picking up her second CAA Rookie of the Week honors this season on Jan. 21, that marks the eighth 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.
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 Wedneday, Feb. 6th 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.
After Sunday's game, Big Blue will be in the main concourse signing autographs for fans at the Raisin' Canes Guest Services Booth.
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