Lady Monarchs Win on Education Day
Harry Howard Jr.
In its sixth annual Education Day game, the Lady Monarchs defeated Dartmouth in a dominating fashion by a score of 82-56. The Ted was roaring with a record crowd of 8,563, with 7,813 fans being students from 33 different Norfolk schools.
“It was an unbelievable turnout. I want to thank President Broderick and Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig for seeing the vision with this. At the end of the day, it’s about the kids. For us to have the opportunity with this game, it means a lot, and not just to our program, but our community,” ODU head coach Karen Barefoot said.
Senior Jennie Simms spearheaded the Lady Monarchs offense with season-high 35 points on 13-of-24 shooting and hauled in 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.
“My shots were falling today early,” Simms said.
Simms came out on fire scoring the first 10 points of the game guiding the Lady Monarchs to a 15-point lead at the end of the first quarter. Through the first 16 minutes of the contest, Simms outscored Dartmouth by herself 19-16.
“We knew that we had to go out in the first five minutes to make a statement,” Barefoot said.
ODU continued to make a statement as they increased their lead to 24 points at halftime. Senior forward Destinee Young was the second leading scorer for the Lady Monarchs with 10 points and also grabbing 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Freshman forward Manaya Jones added eight points.
“I love it, it’s my favorite game of the year. I always get up for it,” Young said.
Coming into the game Dartmouth was averaging 36.8 rebounds per game this season but were outpaced considerably by ODU on the glass. The Lady Monarchs controlled the boards all game long holding a 50-29 rebounding margin.
“That’s what we’ve been working on. We took it to another level though, in practice. That team is a great offensive team.We had to make sure they were one-and-done in possessions,” Barefoot said.
ODU held the Big Green to just 36.1 percent shooting.
“We have really stepped our defensive game. We’ve taken it to another level, we always talk about how defense generates our offense. That’s really important for us to continue to do that,” Barefoot said.
Dartmouth’s junior center Olivia Smith led them in scoring with 14 points but struggled to make shots making just 6-of-16 of her attempts from the field while junior guard Kate Letkewicz tallied nine points
“Dartmouth never quit. They kept working and they are a good team,” Barefoot said.