Feb. 13, 2013
Thursday, Feb. 14 - 7:00 p.m.
Old Dominion (16-8, 7-5) at #20/22 Delaware (20-3, 11-0)
Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) - Newark, Del.
ESPN 94.1 FM Radio
Play-by-play: Doug Ripley
Color: Susan Montgomery
ODU Game Notes
Delaware Game Notes
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team will play their third game in five days on Thursday night when they face No. 20/22 Delaware at the Bob Carpenter Center at 7 p.m. in Newark, Del.
Thursday’s match-up two of the best teams in the CAA defensively with UD ranked #1 in FG % defense at .329 while ODU is #2 at .362. In addition both teams rank in the top three in Scoring Defense and 3-Point FG % Defense.
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.
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 24 games this season. The Lady Monarchs lead the league overall (506) and in CAA games (223) is turnovers forced.
The Lady Monarchs continue to utilize their bench having outscored the opposition 616-289 in bench points this season. 40 percent of ODU’s season point total has come from their bench compared to just 21 percent from the opposition. In CAA play, the ODU bench is outscoring the opposing bench, 327-108.
ODU has had more bench points in 19 of their 24 games this season.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
Old Dominion lost consecutive games for the first time all season on Feb. 12 with a loss to JMU after falling at Drexel. Before that, ODU was 6-0 when coming off a loss. In addition, the loss at JMU was the first time ODU has lost this season when having more assists in a game than the opponent.
A TOUGH STRETCH AHEAD
Sunday’s game at Drexel started a stretch of four games in eight days for ODU who finishes the regular season taking on six opponents with winning CAA records in their final seven games.
Thursday’s meeting will be the 25th meeting all-time between Old Dominion and Delaware. The teams first meet in 2002 with ODU holding a 17-7 advantage in the all-time series. UD has won four in a row in the series with ODU’s last win coming Feb. 27, 2011, 70-61, in Norfolk. UD defeated ODU on Jan. 13, 63-46.
SCOUTING THE BLUE HENS
The Blue Hens have won 15 straight games and come in at 20-3 overall and in first place in the CAA at 11-0. Delaware is coming off a 71-64 win at James Madison on Feb. 10 in what has been their closest conference game this season. UD has won 30 straight CAA games dating back to the 2010-11 season.
Unanimous preseason All-American and preseason CAA Player of the Year Elena Delle Donne has returned to action after missing action early on in the year. The senior is averaging 24.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in 17 games. Senior Lauren Carra has added 11.7 points per game and 43 assists.
Head Coach Tina Martin is in her 17th season at Delaware. The Blue Hens returns all five of their starters from a year ago including All-American Elena Delle Donne who has scored over 2,600 points in her collegiate career and became the CAA’s all-time leading scorer on Feb. 10 at James Madison.
In a vote of the league’s coaches, Delaware was picked to finish first in the league for the second consecutive season. The Blue Hens finished 31-2 overall last season and a perfect 18-0 in the CAA.
LAST TIME OUT
ODU fell to JMU on Feb. 12 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, 68-56, marking the first time all season that the Lady Monarchs have lost consecutive games.
Old Dominion was able to absorb a 9-0 start to the game by James Madison (and went on a 27-18 run after that to take a tie game into half and even took a lead early in the second half but the Dukes were able to prevail late to win their fourth straight game in the series.
JMU outrebounded the Lady Monarchs after halftime, 27-12, and outscored ODU, 41-29, behind the play of Tarik Hislop, who scored 18 of her game-high 22 points after halftime to spur on the Dukes.
The Lady Monarchs were led by Shae Kelley’s 18 points and eight rebounds, marking the 15th time this season she has scored in double figures as she also added two assists, two steals and a block. Mairi Buchan matched her season highs in rebounds with seven and in three-pointers with three as she poured in 13 points and also matched her career-high with three blocks. Galaisha Goodhope registered a career-high 34 minutes of action in addition adding a career-high six rebounds and added seven points, three steals and three assists.
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 506 turnovers in 24 games this year (21.1 per game).
The Lady Monarchs are atop the CAA in the following categories per game:
#1 Turnover Margin 4.38
#1 (3) 3-PT FG % Defense .268
#3 (3) Steals Per Game 10.5
#3 Assists Per Game 14.8
#2 Blocked Shots 3.9
#3 Assist/Turnover Ratio 0.9
#2 Field Goal % Defense .362
#3 Scoring Defense 56.4
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.
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