Nov. 15, 2012
Saturday, Nov. 17 - 7:00 p.m.
VCU (0-2) at Old Dominion (2-0)
Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,600) - Norfolk, Va.
Tuesday Live Stats: Gametracker
Tuesday Live Audio/Video: ODUSports.com
ODU Game Notes
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team returns to action at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Saturday night when they take on former CAA rival VCU at 7 p.m.
Old Dominion and VCU meet for the 70th time on Saturday night with the Lady Monarchs leading the all-time series, 55-14. The Rams have won the last four match-ups and six of the last seven between the two teams. ODU's last win came in 2009.Last season, ODU and VCU went to overtime in Richmond with the Rams pulling out the 76-72 victory and then won in Norfolk, 67-56.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
The Rams have lost both of their game to start of 2012-13 with setbacks at Elon, 74-58 and at Manhattan, 68-63. Four of the Rams' top five scorers have either graduated or transferred, including All-American Courtney Hurt (22.3 ppg, 13.1 rpg) and Andrea Barbour (17.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg). VCU's leading returning scorer is junior Robyn Parks, who averaged 6.6 points per game last season. She is averaging 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games so far this season. VCU enters their first year in the Atlantic-10 in 2012-13 under Marlene Stollings who is in her first year as head coach of the Rams.
Karen BarefootODU 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.
COOK IGNITES LADY MONARCHS PAST SPARTANS
Jackie Cook had 18 points by halftime and ODU jumped out to a 16-3 lead and never looked back on Tuesday night in a 77-46 win over USC Upstate in their home-opener.
Cook racked up a career-high 24 points and five steals as ODU scored 34 points over 34 Spartan turnovers. Sophomore Shae Kelley added 10 points and seven rebounds while freshman Galaisha Goodhope scored 12 points and had two steals off the bench.
Karen Barefoot SHOW
The first Karen Barefoot show of the 2012-13 season took place at a packed 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, Nov. 27th at 6 p.m.
Senior guard Jackie Cook, senior forward Mairi Buchan and sophomore forward Jackie Cook have been selected as team captains for the 2012-13 season.
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.
STEPPING UP DEFENSIVELY
In two games this season, ODU has forced 50 turnovers, collected 22 steals and held their opponents to just 1-for-18 from beind the three-point line.
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 the game, sophomore Ashley-Betz White will be the featured Lady Monarch for Saturday and will be signing autographs for fans out in the Constant Center lobby at the guest services booth.
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