Feb. 15, 2013
Sunday, Feb. 17 - 2:00 p.m.
Old Dominion (16-9, 7-6) vs. Northeastern
Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,600) - Norfolk, Va.
ESPN 94.1 FM Radio
Play-by-play: Doug Ripley
Color: Susan Montgomery
ODU Game Notes
Northeastern Game Notes
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team will look to snap their three-game losing streak by returning home for the next three contests beginning Sunday against Northeastern at 2 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in the 11th annual Hoops for the Cure Game. All in attendance are encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness. Sunday will also be part of the Lady Monarchs' "Alumni Weekend" with an alumni game taking place at 11 a.m. at the Ted.
HOOPS FOR THE CURE GAME
Old Dominion will host their 11th annual Hoops for the Cure game on Sunday against Northeastern. Everyone in attendance is enouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness. Sunday is also part of ODU’s “Alumni Weekend.”
This year’s game has extra meaning for the Lady Monarchs as Sara Jones, volunteer assistant to Head Coach Karen Barefoot, passed away on the morning of Feb. 15 after her 12-year battle with breast cancer. She was 40 years old.
A TOUGH STRETCH AHEAD
The Feb. 10 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.
The Lady Monarchs return home for a three-game stretch beginning Sunday with Northeastern after going on the road for three of their last four. The three-game homestand is their longest of the season.
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 25 games this season. The Lady Monarchs lead the league overall (517) and in CAA games (234) is turnovers forced.
The Lady Monarchs continue to utilize their bench having outscored the opposition 632-317 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, 343-136.
ODU has had more bench points in 19 of their 25 games this season.
ODU has been hot from the free throw line since CAA play has started. In five of of their 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 10 of their 13 CAA games this season, ODU is 71% or better from the free throw line. Overall in CAA action this season, ODU is shooting 73.6% (173-235).
Sunday marks the 13th meeting all-time between ODU and Northeastern with the Lady Monarchs holding the 10-2 advantage. The teams split last season with each team winning on the road. The teams first met in 1985 and then started again in 2006 when NU joined the CAA.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
The Huskies play at William and Mary on Friday night and currently sit at 13-8 overall and 6-4 in the CAA which has them fifth in the league standings.
Deanna Kerkhof leads the way for the Huskies with 14.9 points per game and has made 60 three-pointers this year while Kashaia Cannon pours in 12.6 points per contest and Jewel Tunstull adds 11.7 points per game and 8.6 rebounds a game.
Head Coach Daynia La-Force is in her seventh season at the helm of the Northeastern program. The Huskies return seven letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 8-22 overall and 6-12 in the CAA, including three of their top four scorers in senior Deanna Kerkhof (14.4 ppg), junior Jewel Tunstull (13.0 ppg) and senior Christine Huber (8.5 ppg).
Tunstull and Huber were also NU’s top rebounders last year, at 6.9 and 6.2 per game, respectively. Also returning are sophomore guards Tanisha Hopewell, A’lece Mark and Amencie Mercier. Mark and Mercier each appeared in all 30 contests last season, and Hopewell saw time in 19. NU was picked to finish sixth in the CAA this season.
LAST TIME OUT
No. 20/22 Delaware registered a season-high in points and assists on Feb. 14 as they overwhelmed ODU at the Bob Carpenter Center, 86-62.
Despite 20 points and six rebounds from Shae Kelley, Old Dominion was not able to sustain the firepower that the senior-laden Delaware squad was able to put up as they shot 53.4 percent on the way to winning their 31st consecutive CAA contest.
The Lady Monarchs started off the game well at 4-0, but the Blue Hens responded behind the CAA’s all-time leading scorer and unanimous preseason All-American Elena Delle Donne who scored 17 of Delaware’s final 26 points in the first half to take a 41-28 lead into halftime.
Delle Donne scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting with seven rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals as she became the CAA’s all-time leader in field goals and free throws on Thursday evening.
The Blue Hens had a 37-27 advantage on the boards and 34-16 edge in points in the paint. Goodhope had five points and four assists as did Stephanie Gardner while Tiffany Minor scored eight points and collected four rebounds and a steal. ODU shot 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) from the free throw line including a season-best 10-of-11 from Kelley.
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
Sophomore Shae Kelley will be signing autographs at the Raisin' Canes Guest Services booth in the main concourse after Sunday's game.
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