LA Tech, Old Dominion Renew Rivalry
Feb. 24, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. - Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion ruled women's college basketball during the late 1970s and early '80s as the Lady Techsters and Lady Monarchs combined to win six national championships during a 10-year span.
The two programs will play for the 21st time Wednesday night - the first as conference foes - when Louisiana Tech travels to the Ted Constant Convocation Center to face Old Dominion. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT and the game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network.
LA Tech coach Teresa Weatherspoon is familiar with the rivalry as she led the Lady Techsters to four straight wins over Old Dominion during her playing days. She averaged 14.0 points, 8.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 steals in the four games against the Lady Monarchs.
"It was tough," Weatherspoon recalled of the program and the former arena, the Old Dominion Fieldhouse. "It was a tough place to play; a tough team to play. A very well coached team. The atmosphere was amazing to play in. Everything was so compact and so close (to the court); everyone was so close to the floor. The level of competition was amazing all the time. It was just a great university to play against. It will be great to go back (to Norfolk)."
A much newer arena waits for the Lady Techsters as the Ted Constant Convocation Center is in its 12th year of existence and is the current home of Old Dominion's basketball programs.
This year's version of LA Tech (8-18, 3-10 C-USA) against Old Dominion (13-14, 6-7 C-USA) will be the first ever as conference opponents. Both teams have three regular season games remaining and are trying to position themselves for the best seed possible in the upcoming league tournament in March.
Old Dominion has won two in a row and four of its last six games. Junior forward Shae Kelley is one of the top players in Conference USA, averaging 17.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest for ODU. Kelley is the only double digit scorer for the Monarchs although Chelisa Painter (9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Tiffany Minor (8.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and Galaisha Goodhope (8.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg) are also contributing in the box score on a nightly basis.
"They are a very athletic team," Weatherspoon said. "We will have to be on point from A to Z. They play well at home. They are a quick team and move the ball around. They utilize their guards in the paint. We will have to be on point and have that same focus and desire to win on the road again."
Tech leads the all-time series 15-5, including a 5-2 record in Norfolk. Tech won the last meeting against Old Dominion by a score of 84-71 which came on Nov. 21, 2011 in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It will be LA Tech's first game against ODU in Norfolk since the top-ranked Lady Techsters defeated the Monarchs 79-65 in 1989-90.
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