November 16, 2011

Next up: Old Dominion

The Lady Monarchs are visiting Maples on Thursday for the third ODU/Stanford contest since That Awful Game in 1997.

Stanford All-Access will webcast the game, and KZSU will broadcast it. If you come to the game, you can help fight hunger by bringing non-perishable food items for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Joslyn and Nneka probably remember the most recent ODU/Stanford game (the 2009-10 season opener). Joslyn took the first shot of her college career — a made 3-pointer. Nneka led all scorers and rebounders with 25 points and 12 rebounds (business as usual for Nneka, so maybe not memorable).

Wendy Larry retired last season after 24 years as the Lady Monarchs' head coach. Taking her place is Karen Barefoot, who has had 17 years of coaching experience — three years as assistant coach at ODU and three head coaching positions.

ODU plays in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They finished second (to Delaware) in the conference last season and played in the postseason WNIT. They've been picked to finish fifth this season. They are 0-2 for the season with losses to Virgina Tech (77-65) and Georgia Tech (67-56).

They are a very young team with nine underclassmen and just one returning starter from last year's squad. They are fairly short — only three active players are over 6'0", the tallest is 6'3".

The probable starters are:

  • #44, 6'3"senior center/forward Tia Lewis is the only returning starter. She was ODU's top scorer (12.1 ppg) and rebounder (7.8 rpg) last season.

  • #3, 6'2" redshirt junior center Mairi Buchan returns to the lineup after redshirting last season and adds another much-needed post presence. She came off the bench in her sophomore year and averaged 4.8 points in 15 minutes.

  • #14, 6'0" junior guard Jackie Cook averaged 6.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game last season. She is ODU's only returning 3-point shooter. She averaged just over one per game last year at a rate of 30%.

  • #23, 5'10" junior guard JoNiquia Guilford scored in double figures five times last year. She averaged 4.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

  • #11, 5'3" freshman guard Ashley Betz-White scored the team-high 22 points against Virginia Tech and was named the CAA Rookie of the Week. She runs the point and may also be ODU's best 3-point shooter — she hit 5 of 14 in this season's two games.
Here are ODU's 2011-12 statistics and roster.

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