March 1, 2013
Sunday, March 3 - 2:00 p.m.
Old Dominion (19-10, 10-7) at Northeastern (15-11, 8-7)
Solomon Court (1,800) - Boston, Mass.
ESPN Radio 94.1 FM
Play-by-play: Doug Ripley
Color: Susan Montgomery
ODU Game Notes
Northeastern Game Notes
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team closes out the regular season on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Solomon Court in Boston when they face Northeastern in their final game as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association after 22 seasons.
CLOSING OUT THE CAA
ODU closes out their 22nd and final season in the CAA on Sunday in Boston at Northeastern. The Lady Monarchs have won 17 CAA titles (regular season and tournaments) and are 317-50 (.864) all-time in league games.
KELLEY NAMED CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore forward Shae Kelley was named the CAA’s Co-Player of the Week along with senior Elena Delle Donne of the University of Delaware on Monday.
Kelley helped ODU go 2-0 last week as she averaged 17 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and collected her team-leading seventh double-double of the season in Thursday’s 75-64 win over William and Mary.
The sophomore has scored in double figures in five straight games and nine of the last 12 games. From the field last week, Kelley shot a stellar .750 (12-for-16) including a season-best .875 (7-for-8) on Sunday in ODU’s blowout win over Hofstra, 80-57.
While going 10-of-14 from the free throw line (.714), she added six assists, five steals and a block on the week and has now scored in double-digits in 19 games this season.
TOUGH FINAL STRETCH
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.
PROTECTING HOME COURT
ODU posted an overall record of 12-4 at the Ted this season along with a 7-2 record in the CAA. Old Dominion finishes 170-15 (.919) all-time in CAA regular season games at home.
Old Dominion ranks 41st nationally out of 343 teams and is second in the CAA this season with an average of 2,605 fans per game at home at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
TURNING UP THE DEFENSIVE PRESSURE
After forcing 20 turnovers by William and Mary on Feb. 21, Old Dominion has now forced 20 turnovers or more in 17 of their 29 games this season. The Lady Monarchs lead the league overall (583) and in CAA games (300) in turnovers forced.
CASHING IN ON FREE THROWS
ODU has been hot from the free throw line since CAA play has started. In six of of their league games, the Lady Monarchs have shot over 80% from the chairty stripe including a season high 86.2% from the line vs. Hofstra on Feb. 24. In 11 of their 17 CAA games this season, ODU is 71% or better from the free throw line. Overall in CAA action this season, ODU is shooting 73% (246-337).
The Lady Monarchs continue to utilize their bench having outscored the opposition 739-377 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, 450-198.
ODU has had more bench points in 23 of their 29 games this season.
The Lady Monarchs are atop the CAA in the following categories per game:
#2 Turnover Margin +3.17
#2 3-PT FG % Defense .268
#2 Assists Per Game 15.1
#3 Assist/Turnover Ratio 0.9
Sunday marks the 14th meeting and final between ODU and Northeastern as CAA foes with the Lady Monarchs holding the 11-2 advantage. After each team won on the road last season, ODU defeated NU in Norfolk on Feb. 17, 70-67. The teams first met in 1985 and then started again in 2006 in CAA play.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
The Huskies are coming off a 73-69 overtime loss at Towson on Thursday night after having won back-to-back games. Northeastern is currently 15-11 overall and 8-7 in the CAA which has them sitting in fifth place.
Deanna Kerkhof leads the way for the Huskies with 14.8 points while Kashaia Cannon pours in 13.9 points per contest and has made 73 three-pointers and Jewel Tunstull adds 12.3 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per outing.
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
ODU saw their three-game win streak come to an end on Feb. 28 at the JMU Convocation Center behind a large second half by James Madison who came out victorious, 77-61.
After a highly competitive first half that saw James Madison take a 32-30 halftime lead, JMU outscored Old Dominion in the second half, 45-31, to pull away for the victory. The Dukes had used a 46-25 advantage on the boards along with 21-second chance points to put away ODU.
The Lady Monarchs shot 52.9 percent in the first (9-for-17) as Shae Kelley scored in double figures for the sixth straight game and the 20th time this season with 10 points with three rebounds and three assists while Jackie Cook scored in double figures for the fifth straight game and team-leading 21st time this season with 13 points.
The Dukes were led by the duo of Precious Hall who had a game-high 23 points and Tarik Hislop who scored 18 to go with three assists. While shooting just 7.1 percent (1-for-14) in the first half behind the arc, JMU was able to connect on two of their five three-pointers in the second half and shot 56.7 percent overall after halftime (17-for-30). Jazmon Gwathmey added a double double for the Dukes with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
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, March 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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