Feb. 11, 2013
Tuesday, Feb. 12 - 7:00 p.m.
Old Dominion (16-7, 7-4) vs. James Madison (15-8, 9-2)
Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,600) - Norfolk, Va.
ESPN 94.1 FM Radio
Play-by-play: Doug Ripley
Color: Susan Montgomery
ODU Game Notes
JMU Game Notes
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team returns home briefly to face James Madison on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocaton Center in the first of three games this week.
TURNING UP THE DEFENSIVE PRESSURE
After forcing 22 turnovers by George Mason on Feb. 5, Old Dominion has now forced 20 turnovers or more in 16 of their 23 games this season. The Lady Monarchs lead the league overall (499) and in CAA games (216) is turnovers forced.
PACKING THE TED
Old Dominion ranks 44th nationally and second in the CAA this season with an average of 2,514 fans per game at home at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
ODU has held three opponents this season to less than 40 points in Virginia Tech (35), North Carolina Central (33) and most recently George Mason (39) making it the first time since the 2001-02 season that has happened. That season, ODU went 28-6 overall and advanced to the Elite Eight while holding four teams under 40 points.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
Old Dominion kept their unblemished record alive on Jan. 31 when coming off a loss as they defeated Drexel, 53-50, to improve to 6-0 in games this season following a defeat. They will be that record to the test against JMU on Tuesday night.
The Lady Monarchs continue to utilize their bench having outscored the opposition 590-285 in bench points this season. 40 percent of ODU's season point total has come from their bench compared to just 22 percent from the opposition. In CAA play, the ODU bench is outscoring the opposing bench, 301-104.
ODU has had more bench points in 18 of their 23 games this season.
SECOND HALF SURGES
The Lady Monarchs have overcome a pair of double-digit halftime deficits in league play so far. Overall, they are outscoring the opposition this season in the second half, 803-682. ODU averages 35 points after halftime compared to 29.6 for the opponents. In CAA games, ODU is outscoring the opposition, 380-337 with 34.5 second half points for the Lady Monarchs compared to 30.6 for the opponent.
Tuesday's meeting will be the 76th meeting ODU and JMU in the modern era with the Lady Monarchs holding the 52-23 advantage including 37-14 as CAA rivals. The Dukes have won three in a row and eight of the last 10 in the series with ODU's last victory coming on on Jan. 9, 2011 in Norfolk, 71-55.
SCOUTING THE DUKES
The Dukes come in at 15-8 overall and 9-2 in CAA action and in second place in the league. James Madison is coming off a tight 71-64 loss to #20/23 Delaware in Harrisonburg on Sunday.
Senior guard Tarik Hislop is one the league's best players averaging 16.3 points per game to go along with 82 assists while junior guard Kirby Burkholder adds 15.7 points per contest with 44 steals and a 64 three-pointers.
Head Coach Kenny Brooks is in his 11th season at the helm of the JMU program. The Dukes return four starters from the 2011-12 WNIT runner-up squad. Last season, JMU went 29-8 overall and 14-4 in conference play. As a team, Madison blocked 172 shots from opponents last season and tallied 1,674 rebounds, both new school records. Senior guard/forward Nikki Newman who accounted for 52 of those denials and averaged a team-leading 7.8 rebounds per game, returns to the lineup as the reigning CAA Defensive Player of the Year. The two main scorers for the Dukes in 2011-12 also return to the court. Senior guard Tarik Hislop and junior guard Kirby Birkholder each averaged double-digit point production during their All-CAA season, dropping 14.8 ppg and 11.5 ppg, respectively last season. JMU was picked to finish second in the CAA this season.
LAST TIME OUT
ODU saw their three-game win streak end on Feb. 10 at the Daskalakis Athletic Center as they fell to Drexel, 64-50, in Philadelphia.
Stephanie Gardner scored a career-high 18 points to lead Old Dominion, who lost for the first time since Jan. 27. Gardner was 7-for-11 from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the arc to go along with two rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Drexel, who led from start to finish, turned it over just seven times which was the fewest by any Lady Monarch opponent this season. The Dragons were led by CAA scoring leader Hollie Mershon who had 19 points and seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and was 8-for-16 from the field.
ODU shot 38.5 percent for the game (20-for-52) while Drexel shot 45.5 percent (25-for-55). The Dragons had a 36-28 rebounding advantage as well as a 32-18 advantage in the paint while the ODU bench outscored DU, 31-5.
BETTER AT NIGHT
With the win over George Mason on Feb. 5, ODU improved to 8-1 in night games this season with their lone loss coming to #10/11 California back on Nov. 30. In contrast, ODU is 8-6 in day games this season.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Out of 343 teams, ODU ranks in the top 50 nationally in the following categories:
#27 Turnover Margin 4.91
#37 3-PT FG % Defense .268
The Lady Monarchs have forced 499 turnovers in 23 games this year (21.7 per game).
The Lady Monarchs are atop the CAA in the following categories per game:
#1 Turnover Margin 4.91
#1 3-PT FG % Defense .268|
#2 Steals Per Game 10.8
#3 Assists Per Game 14.9
#3 Blocked Shots 3.7
#3 Assist/Turnover Ratio 0.9
#3 Field Goal % Defense .363
#3 Scoring Defense 55.9
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).
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 Tuesday, Feb. 19th 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 Tuesday's game, head to the Raisin' Canes Guest Services Booth in the main concourse and get an autograph from junior Stephanie Gardner.
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