■ 24 January 2013 | 12:59 PM
Old Dominion vs. Georgia State
ODU's record: 12-5, 3-2 in Colonial Athletic Association play
GSU’s record: 9-7, 1-4 in CAA play
ODU's RPI: 133
GSU’s RPI: 231
Projected starting lineups
Ashley Betz-White (5-4 So.) 6.0 ppg, 2.5 apg, 2.1 spg vs. Ashley Watson (5-6 So.) 9.3 ppg, 7.1 ppg, 3.1 apg, 2.1 rpg
Rebecca Allison (5-8 Jr.) 5.3 ppg, 1.9 apg, 2.0 rpg vs. Kayla Nolan (5-9 So.) 10.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg
Jackie Cook (6-0 Sr.) 13.8 ppg, 1.5 apg, 5.5 rpg, 1.8 spg vs. Kendra Long (5-9 Jr.) 10.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Shae Kelley (6-1 So.) 12.0 ppg, 1.6 apg, 8.5 rpg, 2.4 spg, 1.3 bpg vs. Maryam Dogo (6-2 So.) 5.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg
Shakeva Richards (6-2 Jr.) 2.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg vs. Cody Paulk (6-3 Sr.) 9.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.6 bpg
The Lady Monarchs and the Panthers took very different turns after their showdown in Atlanta to start conference play.
Since its 20-point comeback in the contest at GSU, ODU has split its CAA games, with wins against Towson and UNC-Wilmington and losses to Delaware and Hofstra. GSU has gone 1-3 in conference and moved from 8-3 to start CAA play to 9-7 entering today’s match-up.
The setback against ODU might have crippled the Panthers to some extent. Teams respond to collapses like that in two ways: bouncing back or curling up. While GSU might have done the latter, it is still a dangerous team that presents some personnel difficulties for the Lady Monarchs.
Senior center Cody Paulk is still among the best in the league in rebounds and blocked shots, and while she shot 4-of-11 from the floor in the last match-up, she is capable of being a terror around the rim for ODU’s small lineups. Maryam Dogo, a sophomore forward, has also cracked the starting group for the Panthers. At 6-foot-2, she provides a very different look than the four-guard set that GSU brought in Atlanta.
The key in this game, like the last, will be shot selection and ball control. ODU made only four of its 22 3-point attempts against Hofstra in its loss last Sunday. Settling for those attempts doomed the Lady Monarchs. In the game against GSU, it got to the rim regularly in the second half, and the team took only seven 3-pointers against the Panthers.
Quality, not quantity, is the basis of success for ODU. Winning the turnover battle will also be instrumental to its success. The Lady Monarchs will look to speed up the Panthers’ offense and force the mistakes that swung momentum in ODU’s favor during the match-up in Atlanta.
That recipe worked once before, and coach Karen Barefoot is banking on it working again.
GSU will come in looking for revenge, but with a slew of poor production recently, it’s a tall task. The Panthers come in with no momentum to speak of, and ODU’s practices the past two days have been intense and sported plenty of energy.
The Lady Monarchs are raring to bounce back from their loss in New York. With a slumping team ahead of them tonight, this is a prime chance to do so.
Prediction: ODU 65, GSU 57
-- Sean Morrison --