Lady Raiders Run Over Lady Monarchs
Tensions were high as the Lady Monarchs (12-11, 7-5 C-USA) took to the court against reigning Conference USA Champions Middle Tennessee Lady Raiders (15-8, 10-2 C-USA) and were taken down by a score of 80-63. The game quickly became flashback to last year’s C-USA Championship game where ODU fell to Middle Tennessee 70-54.
Reigning USBWA National Player of the Week Jennie Simms was no match for the determined Lady Raiders, who ended the Lady Monarchs four-game win streak.
Middle Tennessee immediately took control opening the game with an 8-1 run. It became evident that ODU would be in for an uphill battle against the Lady Raiders. Middle Tennesse led 21-12 after one-quarter.
While the Lady Monarchs were able to close the lead to as little as five points in the second quarter they were unable to maintain this momentum. At the half, they trailed the Lady Raiders 41-30.
Jennie Simms led the Lady Monarchs with 19 points, nine rebounds, and five assists while forward Odegua Oigbokie scored a career-high 15 points. Senior Destinee Young contributed seven points and hauled in an astounding 14 rebounds.
The Lady Monarchs returned from the half recharged and were able to engineer a 12-0 run at the beginning of the third period to take a 42-41 lead. This would be the only lead the Lady Monarchs would hold throughout the contest. Old Dominion outscored Middle Tennessee 25-22 in the third quarter, but they couldn’t keep up in the fourth quarter.
“We knew it was going to be a tough battle. The fourth quarter has been good to us recently, but they pulled away in the fourth and made shots and we didn’t,” ODU head coach Karen Barefoot said.
Middle Tennessee outscored Old Dominion 17-8 in the fourth period to seal their 17-point victory. The combination of 18 turnovers, Simms shooting just 8-for-22 from the field, and the 37:56 in which the Raiders led contributed to the demise of the Lady Monarchs.
“Little things got to us. We have to learn from this and we have to be tough,” Barefoot said.
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