If you missed the game on Wednesday night at the Ted, then you missed a game between two programs that have redefined women’s college basketball.
We’re talking Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion. The two have combined for more than 2,000 wins and most of all, helped pave the road to a women’s national championship game every year.
“This is special,” ODU Coach Karen Barefoot said. “These are the two winningest programs in college basketball and we talked about that as a team. We talked about the 1979 championship game that Louisiana Tech won. This is a special night.”
Former Louisiana Tech player and now current coach, Teresa Witherspoon, agrees. “It was amazing competition, amazing athletes, the atmosphere was amazing. You lived for these games, you lived for the challenge. We would circle the dates when we met each other on the floor.”
Want a little more? Let’s talk ODU Coach Karen Barefoot – it has been 20 years since the former lady captain became the first collegiate basketball player, men or women’s, to score 2,000 points and have 1,000 assists. That’s averaging a double double per game.
“I always want to win,” Barefoot told us, “when I think about it, I always credit my teammates and everybody who supported me. Sometimes I can’t believe it. I need to pinch myself. I love this game.”
Enough nostaglia – let’s get to the game action. Old Dominion riding a two game win streak looking for number 3 – and they would get in – thanks to the continued hot hand of Norfolk native Galaisha Goodhope. The sophomore tallied 17 points to lead the team behind her 6 for 9 shooting from the floor, including her three pointers. Shea Kelley added 11, but the story of the night would be the play of the freshman who responded when they were needed the most.
“Everyone stepped up tonight, including our freshman,” Coach remarked after her team won the game 75 to 64. “Depth is now our advantage.”
The Monarchs look to go four in a row when they travel to Florida International on Saturday.