Roadrunners Ruin Lady Monarchs' Senior Day
Michael L. High | Contributing Writer
Loryn Goodwin’s near triple-double helped The University of Texas at San Antonio spoil Old Dominion’s Senior Day with an 81-68 victory over the Lady Monarchs Saturday at The Ted.
Jennie Simms led ODU (16-13, 11-7 C-USA) with 31 points and eight rebounds, while senior forward Annika Holopainen registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Roadrunners led 59-58 at the end of three-quarters and went on to score 11 of the first 13 points to open the final period to take a 70-60 lead with 5:56 remaining in regulation. They would not allow Old Dominion to get closer than eight points for the remainder of the game and their largest lead came when Goodwin converted one of two at the charity stripe with 37 seconds remaining.
UTSA went 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) from the field in the final stanza, while Old Dominion went cold, shooting 15.8 percent from the floor, making a mere 3-of-19 attempts.
The Roadrunners opened the game making 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from the floor while limiting the Lady Monarchs to just 5-of-17 (29.4 percent), which helped UTSA open up an 18-11 lead after the first 10 minutes.
The Lady Monarchs flipped the momentum in the second frame and outscored the Roadrunners 20-14 to trail 32-31 at halftime.
The Lady Monarchs most consistent play of the game spanned six minutes of game time over the end of the second and beginning of the third periods. With 2:14 remaining in the first half and trailing 28-21, Simms made a layup and started a 22-11 run, which helped ODU turn a seven-point deficit into a four-point lead after Destinee Young finished a 3-point play 2:26 into the third quarter. Her free throw gave the Lady Monarchs their largest lead of the game at 43-39. The teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter and UTSA took the lead heading into the fourth.
Goodwin added nine rebounds and nine assists to go along with her team-high 19 points. Crystal Chidomere added 16 points, while Carlie Heineman and Kasia Kiejdrowska dropped in 12 points apiece. Marie Benson registered 11 points and was the fifth Roadrunner in double figures.
UTSA had a field day in the paint, outscoring Old Dominion 42-30 inside, while also beating the Lady Monarchs in transition 12-4.
Prior to the game, Destinee Young and Rhaven Kemp were honored with Holopainen and Simms for Senior Day. Young added five points and nine rebounds, while Kemp tallied one assist in four minutes of limited action.
Old Dominion dropped to sixth in the final Conference USA standings and will face the 11th-seeded UTEP Miners at noon on March 8 in the opening round of the conference tournament.