The Lady Monarchs top Tribe in a 75-64 win
The energy in the Ted Convocation Center was extremely high with Old Dominion hosting its first ever “Barefootin’ Night.” Fans were encouraged to donate used shoes to help those across the world that go barefoot each and every day. The well-known rivalry between the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs 18-9, 9-6 and the William & Mary Tribe 6-19, 4-10 continued as the teams fought relentlessly for a win on Thursday. The last time the two teams met, the Lady Monarchs fell to the Tribe in a 73-69 loss. This time, the outcome was very different. The Lady Monarchs played hard and received a well-deserved 75-64 win against the Tribe.
The Lady Monarchs were coming off a 70-67 win against Northeastern in which they snapped a three-game losing-streak. Old Dominion knew exactly what they had to do to beat the Tribe this time. Head coach Karen Barefoot said, “I really like this team and even when we have adversity come our way, we do a good job responding to it and I thought we made some great adjustments. “We held them to three three-pointers the whole night, which was great, had 19 assists, total team effort, our seniors stepped up big time, and Shae again gets a double-double. I’m so proud at the way that we continued to play hard throughout the whole game.” It truly took a team effort for Old Dominion to come out on top in this game. Everyone played their part, and did it well.
Old Dominion’s defense forced the Tribe into committing 20 turnovers. “I think Old Dominion played a really good game tonight. It’s one of those games where at the 10-minute mark, you got a tie game and they wanted to win. You have to make plays down the stretch and we turned it over and over and over,” said Tribe head coach Debbie Taylor. This was the seventeenth time this season that the Lady Monarchs have forced an opponent into committing 20 turnovers or more.
“We did a decent job in the first half keeping Shae Kelley off the boards, but in the second half she had her way. Easy buckets, all of her buckets were easy…transition layups, put backs,” head coach Taylor said. Kelley was a dominant force in the game. She earned her seventh double-double of the season with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Old Dominion proved that they are resilient, and can handle many different kinds of play. Jackie Cook said, “We’ve been playing very well the past couple of games, moving the ball. We’ve struggled against a zone but obviously these last two games we’ve shown that whatever kind of defense they throw at us we’re going to execute and move the ball and share the ball.”
This game was extra special for senior Jackie Cook who became the thirtieth ODU player to score 1,000 career points. “It means a lot just because it is such a small club here at Old Dominion. I feel very blessed and I was happy that it was able to be here at ODU, especially with my parents and grandparents here.” Cook led the Lady Monarchs in scoring this game, with 21 points.
Red-shirt senior Mairi Buchan showed how valuable she is to the team by adding 13 points to the scoreboard, and surpassing 700 career points.
There are only three games left in the Lady Monarchs’ season, and they are looking to finish off strong. “It’s important to finish the season strong. We’re still taking it one game at a time even though it is near the end of the season. We still have to go out with a bang and make sure we take care of each and every game,” Kelley said.
The Lady Monarchs will be looking to pull off their third straight win against Hofstra, this Sunday, in their last regular season home game.
By: Jasmine Blackwell