Senior guard Jackie Cook was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week on Nov. 19 and has helped lead her team to a 4-0 start. “With this being my last go around, I just [want to] leave it all out on the floor,” Cook said, “I want to be that teammate where all the other teammates can count on me. Know that I’m [going to] go to war for them.”The four-year Lady Monarch standout has been the driving force for her ball club through five games so far, leading the team in points with 75. With that production, the Hinckley, Ohio native pushed ODU to their first 4-0 start since the 1998-99 season.Head coach Karen Barefoot has led her team to carry a new defensive mindset, one that’s resulted in the team giving up less than 50 points per contest on the defensive end. Their newly found intensity and drive are inspired by an unexpected source: an author.“Our whole theme has been the energy bust this year. We read this book by John Gordon and he’s just so positive in his mindset, so that’s sort of what we started to adopt,” Cook said. “Seeing ourselves being successful which will turn to having success.”The transformation on the defensive end has certainly been noticeable. Last season, opponents averaged 70.5 points per game, shot 41.5 percent from the floor and 31.9 percent from three point range. However, this core group comprised of seven underclassmen have sliced the opponent’s scoring average almost in half.This team is defensively oriented. It starts with the backcourt and works its way down to the front line, where Cook gets her plethora of scoring opportunities.“It definitely starts with our two point guards though. Galaisha Goodhope and Ashley Betz-White put tremendous ball pressure [on the opposition]. And it starts with them and filters down to the rest of us.”During win streaks, players often tend to repeat rituals or routines that have superstitiously attributed to their success. And this senior guard is no different. Although her team doesn’t seem to be following any, Cook has worn a piece of attire she feels that’s led to her current success in this early run towards the top of the heap.“I wear an orange sports bra and everyone’s like, why the heck do you wear that,” Cook admitted. “Especially with the white uniforms because you can see through it. So that’s one of mine, I’ve been wearing the same one since we’ve kept winning.”The story that got the most buzz during the offseason is the school’s conference realignment to the Conference-USA. But CAA restrictions aside, Cook suggests the team has a chip on their shoulder and are going out each contest with something to prove.“We can only get an at-large bid, we can only win the conference outright. So those are our goals going into every single game,” Cook said.After hosting NC Central on Friday, the Lady Monarchs head out west to Las Vegas for the World Vision Classic on Dec. 19. While the team has passed the early test with a perfect record at home Cook understands the vital importance of avoiding complacency and being battle tested away from the Ted.