Feb. 20, 2013
Thursday, Feb. 21 - 7:00 p.m.
Old Dominion (17-9, 8-6) vs. William and Mary (6-18, 4-9)
Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,600) - Norfolk, Va.
ESPN 94.1 FM Radio
Play-by-play: Ted Alexander
Color: Susan Montgomery
ODU Game Notes
W&M Game Notes
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team continues their homestand on Thursday night when they take on William and Mary at 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center as part of the annual Optima Health Challenge.
Thursday will be Barefootin' Night at the Ted where fans are encouraged to wear flip flops or open toed shoes and donate a pair of athletic shoes to get in for $5 as part of the NCAA's initiative for Samaritan's Feet. Also if fans donate, they will receive a commemorative Samaritan’s Feet wristband. Head Coach Karen Barefoot will coach the game barefoot on the sidelines as part of the initiative where 300 million people across the world wake up each morning without a pair of shoe to protect their feet from injury and diseason. The Goal of Samaritan's Feet is to provide 10 million pairs of shoes to 10 million children over the next 10 years.
OPTIMA HEALTH CHALLENGE
Sponsored by Hampton Roads based Optima Health, the trophy will be presented annually to either Old Dominion or William and Mary depending on which school accumulates the most points in head-to-head competitions in all sports. ODU won the inaugural challenge last year.
During this year, the CAA foes will face off 15 times, with each event being worth 10 points. The Monarchs and Tribe will compete head-to-head in football, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, field hockey, baseball and women’s lacrosse. William and Mary currently leads ODU this season, 45-30.
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 returned home for a three-game stretch on Sunday, Feb. 17 vs. Northeastern after going on the road for three of their last four. The three-game homestand is their longest of the season. Old Dominion ranks 41st nationally and second in the CAA this season with an average of 2,607 fans per game at home at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
In Sunday’s emotional victory over Northeastern, ODU tied their season high with 23 assists led by freshman Galaisha Goodhope’s career high seven. It was also the first time all season that ODU had four players score in double figures (Cook, Kelley, Buchan and Minor).
The Lady Monarchs continue to utilize their bench having outscored the opposition 655-325 in bench points this season. 39 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, 366-144.
ODU has had more bench points in 20 of their 26 games this season.
The Lady Monarchs are atop the CAA in the following categories per game:
#1 Turnover Margin 3.65
#2 Assists Per Game 15.0
#3 (3) 3-PT FG % Defense .277
#3 (3) Assist/Turnover Ratio 0.9
#3 Scoring Defense 57.9
Number in parenthesis indicate rank in CAA games only.
Thursday’s meeting will be the 58th meeting between ODU and W&M in the modern era and final one as CAA foes. ODU leads the all-time series, 52-5. After winning 50-straight games in the series, ODU has lost the last two to W&M, both in Williamsburg. The Tribe last won in Norfolk in the 1975-1976 season
SCOUTING THE TRIBE
The Tribe split last week with a thrilling 78-70 win at home over Northeastern on Friday before falling in Williamsburg to No. 20/22 Delaware, 66-44, on Sunday. W&M is 6-18 overall and 4-9 in the CAA and in a tie for seventh place.
Seniors Emily Correal and Janine Aldridge power the Tribe line-up as Correal is one of the league’s top scorers at 16.4 points per contest to go with 8.0 rebounds per game. Aldridge adds 13.6 points per game along with 63 assists, 61 steals and 73 three-pointers.
Head Coach Debbie Taylor is in her 14th year at the helm of the William and Mary program. The Tribe return 11 letterwinners from last year’s squad. Seniors Emily Correal and Janine Aldridge lead a five-member senior class this year. Correal, who earned preseason All-CAA accolades, averaged 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per outing from last season, while Aldridge has drained 221 career 3-pointers, a school-record, which included a W&M single-season record of 92 last season.
In a vote of the league’s head coaches, William and Mary was picked to finish in a tie for ninth in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Tribe finished 10-20 overall last season and 3-15 in the CAA.
LAST TIME OUT
ODU persevered late over Northeastern on Feb. 17, 70-67, in an emotionally charged atmosphere in the 11th annual Hoops for the Cure game at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
Old Dominion snapped their three-game losing streak in dramatic fashion as a back-and-forth affair was pulled out late by the Lady Monarchs, who had an eight-point lead with just over five minutes to play, before Northeastern went on a 9-0 run to take a 66-65 lead with 1:34 remaining.
Galaisha Goodhope then responded by drilling a three-pointer to put ODU back in front. After a frantic sequence of events, NU had a chance to tie from the free throw line with eight seconds remaining but the Huskies’ Deanna Kerkhof missed the second free throw and Tiffany Minor was fouled on the rebound. Minor sunk both free throws to put ODU up, 70-67, and NU’s game-tying three-point attempt just before the buzzer by Kashaia Cannon was off the mark to seal the ODU victory.
Playing with heavy hearts after the loss of Sara Jones on Friday, the volunteer assistant to head coach Karen Barefoot, ODU shot 50 percent from the field (26-for-52), led by Jackie Cook’s 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists along with Shae Kelley who scored 19 points and added nine rebounds, five steals, two assists and a block.
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. 26th 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
Junior Shakeva Richards will be signing autographs at the Raisin' Canes Guest Services booth in the main concourse after Sunday's game.
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