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Lady Monarchs Basketball Falls 61-35 to Miami

Lady Monarchs Basketball Falls 61-35 to Miami

Matt O’Brien
Sports Editor

Old Dominion women’s basketball was coming off a 14-point victory against Wagner College as they took on the Miami Hurricanes in their third contest of the season. The Monarchs were led by Jennie Sims who raked up 16 points and eight rebounds. Sims and the Lady Monarchs ultimately fell short at 61-35.

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Jennie Sims at the ODU WBB vs. Miami game on Nov. 17, 2015. Photo by Josh Boone.

ODU cut the deficit to as little as four points but the Hurricanes offense proved to be overwhelming.

“They came out a little shell-shocked, I was glad to see them make a run in the second half, especially after going into the half down 12,” said Susan Montgomery of Monarch Media.

Despite a large margin of defeat, there were some bright spots for the Lady Monarchs defensively. The defense held the Hurricanes to under 40 percent shooting from the field. The Hurricanes are one of the best shooting teams in the country and have received votes to be ranked in the top 25 best teams in the country.

Both teams came out strong defensively, though neither team got off to a hot start on the offense. The Lady Monarchs were held to just six first quarter points on 3 of 8 shooting. A 14-2 run at the end of half by Miami proved hard to come back from for the Lady Monarchs.

After another big run by the Hurricanes, the Lady Monarchs went into the half down 32-20. After some adjustments, they really built off some momentum in the second half.

“The team moved faster on the offensive end. At first they were looking a little stangnant, but created some space and starting hitting open shots,” said Montgomery.

Leading scorer Sims, was held to just six points in the second half. One of the Lady Monarchs biggest contributors was Junior Center Ije Ajemba. Ajemba has eight points and seven boards in 32 minutes.

ODU’s finest stretch came in the third quarter when they went on an 8-0 run and narrowed the deficit to just four points. But streaky basketball proved to be the story of this game. The Hurricanes posted an 18-0 run with five minutes left in the third and never looked back.

 

6:53 3rd quarter cut it to 2 possessions #ODUWBB vs Miami then they went on a run. Our offense needs to catch up w/ our defense! Back 2 Work

— Karen Barefoot (@BarefootODU) November 18, 2015

 

The next test for the Lady Monarchs will be another tough matchup against East Tennessee State. ETSU is another 20 win team like the Hurricanes last year.

“This is a great Miami team. In the next five days off they have got to work on rebounding the basketball and finding some continuity on offense,” Montgomery said.

ETSU stands at 2-2 and is coming off a 69-46 victory against Brevard College.