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Mace & Crown | January 17, 2018

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Lady Monarchs lose to Liberty

Lady Monarchs lose to Liberty

Brittany Reigelsperger | Sports Editor

Old Dominion’s women’s basketball team hosted Liberty University Nov. 10 in their regular season opener at the Ted Center. The Liberty Eagles beat the Lady Monarchs 63-55 during the first round of the Preseason WNIT.

“I thought in the first half we played at Liberty’s tempo. In the second half, we played at our tempo. So, really it was the tale of two halves.” head coach, Nikki McCray-Penson said.

The Lady Monarchs were outscored by the Lady Eagles for the first three quarters, and they only managed to tie in scoring during the fourth period. Odegua Oigbokie led the Lady Monarchs in scoring with 14 points. Followed by Victoria Morris who tallied in 10 points. Despite Old Dominion’s offensive pressure Liberty proved to be more than they could handle.

“Our fans saw glimpses of how good this team can be. I thought we executed in the second half and hit some shots. I’m really proud of that effort.” McCray stated.

Defensively the Lady Monarchs totaled two blocks, five steals and 24 rebounds. Senior Guard Ashley Jackson marked a career-high of eight assist in the matchup. Liberty held the largest lead of the game at 19 points during third quarter. Additionally, the Lady Eagles lead the competition for 37:29 of regular play compared to the Lady Monarchs 1:25 lead time.

The Lady Monarchs will continue their play in the Preseason WNIT on Nov. 17 as they travel to Northern Virginia to play George Mason University. Following their Nov. 17 competition the Monarchs will play either St. Francis (PA) or Southeast Missouri State at George Mason for a match.