Lady Monarchs Double-Take Rice
The Lady Monarchs triumphed over the Rice Owls 81-66 for the second time this season. Increasing their lead in the all-time series to 7-1, this also helped boost them into a three-way tie for sixth place in Conference USA.
ODU star guard Jennie Simms led her team to a victory with 34 points. Simms didn’t limit herself only to scoring talent in the contest. Against the owls she grabbed seven rebounds, found open teammates for five assists and was a menace on defense with a career-high six steals.
Simms 34-point night brought her career point total to 1,826 points and secured her the ninth place spot on the all-time scoring list surpassing ODU Hall of Famer, Clarisse Machanguana.
“We really stepped up our press and put a lot of pressure on them. We had fun and we talked about that. Let’s be us. Let’s play for each other and let’s trust each other and let’s have a ton of passion, and that is what we did,” ODU head coach Karen Barefoot said.
Lady Monarch forward Destinee Young notched her 11th double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Forward Annika Holopainen chipped in a season-high of eight points.
While Rice (11-8, 2-6 C-USA) outscored 20-18 at the end of the first period, their slow pace offense was no match for the tenacious defense Old Dominion (9-10, 4-4 C-USA) displayed on the court.
ODU led 42-24 at the half and was faced with defensively recharged Rice at the start of the third period. The final score was not indicative of the adversity the Lady Monarchs encountered. Ultimately, multiple shot clock violations in combination with 21 turnovers eventually lead to the Owls’ demise. Nicole Iademarco paced the Owls offense with 14 points.
“I thought today was just a great day and everybody really stuck together, especially through adversity,” Barefoot said.