Dec. 27, 2012
Saturday, Dec. 29 - 4:00 p.m.
South Carolina State (8-3) at Old Dominion (8-2)
Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,600) - Norfolk, Va.
94.1 ESPN Radio
Play-by-play: Tony Mercurio
Color: Susan Montgomery
Saturday Live Stats: Gametracker
Saturday Live Audio/Video: ODUSports.com
ODU Game Notes
SC State Game Notes
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team returns home on Saturday to face South Carolina State at 4 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center as part of a doubleheader as the men's team tips off with Fairfield at 7 p.m.
WRAPPING UP 2012
The Lady Monarchs sit atop the CAA standings at 8-2 heading into the final week of 2012. Following ODU is Drexel (7-2) and Georgia State (7-2) along with Northeastern (6-2) and Delaware (6-3).
ODU is off to an 8-2 start for the first time since the 1999-00 season.
The Lady Monarchs were ranked atop the CAA in the following categories per game on Dec. 27: Assists (16.6) and Turnover Margin (+6.7) while ranked second in Assist/ Turnover Ratio (0.9), Steals (11.5), 3-Pt. FG % Defense (.217) and Scoring Margin (+13.8). ODU has forced 245 turnovers in 10 games this year (24.5 per game).
Saturday’s meeting is the first ever between SC State and ODU. It marks the fifth consecutive game that the Lady Monarchs have faced an opponent for the first time.
SCOUTING THE LADY BULLDOGS
The Lady Bulldogs come in at 8-3 overall following a loss on Dec. 21 at No. 21 South Carolina, 65-45. Head Coach Doug Robertson Jr. is in his fifth year at the helm of the SC State program and has led the Lady Bulldogs to their best start to the season in 31 years.
SC State has wins at Clemson and against Coastal Carolina, Charleston Southern and Jacksonville to highlight their non-conference schedule while starting out 1-1 in the MEAC with a loss to Hampton and overtime win over Norfolk State. Senior Tiara Knotts leads the team with 15.1 points per game to go along with 34 assists and 34 steals with 18 three-pointers. Fellow senior Paris Alston added 9.5 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per contest.
South Carolina State was picked to finish seventh in the race for the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title. Seniors Tiara Knotts and Paris Alston were named to the MEAC Pre-Season Second Team.
The Lady Bulldogs finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 13- 16 overall record and 7-9 in the MEAC. South Carolina State returns their top two scorers and second leading rebounder from a year ago. Knotts and Alston, who averaged 13.2 and 9.3 points, respectively, are expected to lead the charge for the Lady Bulldogs who finished in seventh place in the MEAC last season.
WORLD VISION CLASSIC
ODU finished in the third place at the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas on Dec. 19-21. The Lady Monarchs defeated UNLV in the opener and Alabama A&M in the finale while dropping the middle game to runner-up No. 22 Texas A&M. No. 5 Notre Dame won the tournament.
Senior Jackie Cook was named to the World Vision Classic All-Tournament team after average scoring 58 points in three games for an average of 19.3 per contest. She scored in double figures in all three games and eclipsed the 800 mark for career points in the finale.
Old Dominion tied a school record on Dec. 19 at UNLV by connecting on 12 three-pointers which matches the record set on Jan. 21, 1997 (89-51 win over UNCW).
LAST TIME OUT
ODU rebounded to take third place on Dec. 21 in the World Vision Classic with a 75-46 defeat of Alabama A&M. Jackie Cook scored a career-high 25 points and surpassed the 800-point mark in her ODU career to power the Lady Monarchs, who scored 43 points off 34 Alabama A&M turnovers.
The Lady Monarchs committed a season-low nine turnovers in the ballgame. Eight of ODU’s 10 opponents this season have now turned the ball over 20 times or more as the Lady Bulldogs turned it over 34 times.
A total of 12 ODU players saw action and 10 of them scored as the Lady Monarchs distributed the ball well offensively with 22 assists. Sophomore Ashley Betz-White put in 10 points, five assists and four steals while sophomore Shae Kelley added nine points and six rebounds to go along with four steals and two assists.
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.
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 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, Jan. 8th 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 Saturday's game, freshman LaQunda Younger will be in signing autographs for fans at the Guest Sevices booth in the main lobby.
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