Dec. 1, 2012
Sunday, Dec. 2 - 2:00 p.m.
Dartmouth (1-4) at Old Dominion (4-1)
Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,600) - Norfolk, Va.
94.1 ESPN Radio
Play-by-play: Tony Mercurio
Color: Susan Montgomery
Sunday Live Stats: Gametracker
Sunday Live Audio/Video: ODUSports.com
ODU Game Notes
Dartmouth Game Notes
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team will look to rebound from their first loss of the season on Sunday when they host Dartmouth at 2 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
Old Dominion leads the all-time series with Dartmouth, 1-0. The Lady Monarchs defeated the Big Green in 1995 in Norfolk, 69-47, in their only previous meeting.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
The Big Green are off to a 1-4 start this season after falling to Syracuse at home on Thursday, 91-64. Head Coach Chris Wielgus is in her 28th season at the helm of the Big Green.
Dartmouth has just three upperclassmen with just one senior in Faziah Steen. There are 11 underclassmen highlighted by seven freshmen. In all, Dartmouth has just 10 years of collegiate experience on the court making them the second youngest team in the nation.
After winning their season-opener over at Bryant, the Big Green have dropped each of their last four contests including a one-point loss at home to BYU. Dartmouth fell at fellow CAA member Northeastern earlier this week, 80-45.
Steen has led the way offensively with 13.8 points per contest for Dartmouth while sophomore Abbey Schmitt is nearly averaging a double-double with 11.8 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per contest.
LAST TIME OUT
ODU dropped their first game of the season despite putting a scare into No. 10/11 California on Friday night. The Lady Monarchs pulled to within four points midway through the second half but Cal closed the game on a 12-0 run and out rebounded the Lady Monarchs, 66-33, to pull out the win.
Shae Kelley scored a career and game high 21 points to power ODU. Despite the defeat, it was the best result for the Lady Monarchs against a top 10 team since a 78-63 loss in 2008 to top-ranked Connecticut in the NCAA Sweet 16.
In front of 3,003 fans, ODU was able to hold the Bears to 21 points below their season average and force Cal into 25 turnovers.
BATTLE OF YOUTH
Sunday features a battle of two of the youngest teams in the country. Dartmouth is the second youngest team in the nation with just three upperclassmen and 10 years of total experience. ODU is ranked #22 with 16 years of experience and five newcomers.
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.
In five games this season, ODU has forced 124 turnovers (24.8 per game), collected 53 steals and held their opponents to just 8-for-57 (14%) from beind the three-point line which ranks 2nd in the NCAA out of 343 teams. In addition, the Lady Monarchs came in the week ranked #3 in scoring defense (44.5 ppg) and #8 in FG% defense (30.3%).
The team paid a visit just before Thanksgiving to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter (CHKD) to spend time with patients. In addition, the Lady Monarchs are also participating in the Operation Christmas Child project this year.
Redshirt senior Mairi Buchan is the Vice President of SAAC at ODU and spearheaded the campaign for the upcoming holiday period that all student-athletes could help people less privileged by filling a minimum of two boxes that included anything from toys to bath soap (items that children in underprivileged areas or war-torn countries may not have easy access to). The goal is to give the children something to smile about in what may be a difficult time for them.
KAREN BAREFOOT SHOW
The Karen Barefoot 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 Wednesday, Dec. 5th 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
After the game, freshman Brittany Martin will be the featured Lady Monarch for Sunday and will be signing autographs for fans out in the Constant Center lobby at the guest services booth.
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