Lady Monarchs Handle Blazers
After a tough loss against Middle Tennessee, the Lady Monarchs (13-11, 8-5 C-USA) convincingly handled UAB (5-8, 12-12 C-USA), 73-61 Saturday at The Ted. This win pushes ODU into a three-way tie for fourth in the C-USA standings.
“We had confidence and people were knocking down shots. As a result, everybody gave us something. Everybody was ready and we stayed ready and stayed together and, as a result, we had a big win,” ODU head coach Karen Barefoot said.
It was an eventful night with more than 3,000 fans coming out in pink shirts to support those who have battled breast cancer in the Lady Monarchs’ 15th Annual Hoops for the Cure game.
“It was their moment, and we wanted to take that into our game plan. We didn’t want to change being us but we wanted to battle for them and play inspired basketball,” Barefoot said.
Redshirt senior and the nation’s second-leading scorer Jennie Simms had 22 points, seven rebounds, and a career-high 10 assists. A double-double from Destinee Young, 17 points and 11 rebounds, proved to be too much for the Blazers.
“A lot of people know I’m going to go to (Young) a lot, we know each other’s game now, we’re like a dynamic duo,” Simms said.
The Blazers slow start was too much for them to withstand. Late in the third quarter, they were down by 20, but they continued to climb back in the game early in the fourth quarter. UAB is known for coming back late in games as they outscored Charlotte 34-16 in the fourth quarter a week ago. They shot an impressive 63.6 percent against the Monarchs in the fourth, but a key timeout by coach Barefoot and stifling defense ensured that ODU would take home a win.
“We knew what they were capable of doing and we knew we had to respond, and we were able to respond,” Simms said.
The Lady Monarchs are now 13-4 all-time against the Blazers of UAB and will be on the road for their next three games, starting with Charlotte on Feb. 19 at 1 p.m.
“I can’t say enough about their togetherness, it truly came down to them just being a family,” Barefoot said.