Old Dominion gets back at JMU for Colonial crown
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Old Dominion's Lady Monarchs had not forgotten that game three weeks ago when James Madison snapped their streak of 113 consecutive victories over Colonial Athletic Association opponents.
They weren't about to let the same team deny them a 10th straight CAA title and the league's automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
"You can only imagine how long the coaches and players of Old Dominion talked about the loss at Madison," Lady Monarchs coach Wendy Larry said Saturday after ODU defeated James Madison 66-62 for the CAA Tournament championship.
Okeisha Howard led Old Dominion with 13 points, but Larry singled out the 12-point, 11-rebound performance of Monique Coker.
"Monique is one of the strongest players we have on the blocks and on the glass," Larry said. "Sometimes she plays like an All-American."
James Madison coach Bud Childers also credited Coker, who helped the Lady Monarchs (21-8) erase a 14-4 deficit with a 19-2 run that put them ahead to stay.
"Coker got them back in the ball game," he said. "Then [Hollee] Franklin picked up her second foul. That put us off our momentum a little. That was the reason they were able to come back."
Coker said it was not just by chance that Franklin, the Lady Dukes' center, picked up the early second foul. Franklin, limited to 15 minutes, finished with no points and two rebounds.
"I was trying to get their big girl in foul trouble," Coker said. "I posted hard and they did a good job of getting me the ball."
James Madison (20-9) was led by Nadine Morgan's 21 points. Allyson Keener added 12 points and Jess Cichowicz scored 11.
Hamchetou Maiga scored 10 points for Old Dominion.