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Women's Basketball Opens WNIT at North Carolina A&T on Sunday


Old Dominion (22-9, 12-6 Sun Belt) at North Carolina A&T (21-11, 13-5 CAA)
Game Info – Sunday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
Location – Corbett Sports Center (Greensboro, N.C.)
Watch – FloHoops or Sidearm
Listen – Fox Sports Radio 1310
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NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion women's basketball starts its postseason run this Sunday as the Monarchs head to Greensboro, North Carolina for a WNIT second round game at North Carolina A&T. Opening tip at Corbett Sports Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

N.C. A&T will stream the game on either FloHoops or Sidearm. Fans can also hear Matthew Hatfield and Shonda Deberry on Fox Sports Radio 1310 and live stats will also be available. Anyone wishing to attend the game can purchase tickets here.

The Series
Sunday's game will mark just the third meeting between ODU and N.C. A&T. The Monarchs hosted the Aggies on Nov. 18, 2010 and cruised to a 79-65 victory. Tia Lewis led the way with 15 points, Alena Voronina set a new career high with 14 points, Jasmine Parker ended up with 11 points and Jackie Cook recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The teams then met again in Norfolk on Dec. 18, 2011, a game that went to ODU 71-58. Lewis posted her fourth double-double of the season with 24 points and 13 rebounds and Ashley Betz-White chipped in 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.

About ODU
The Monarchs (22-9, 12-6 Sun Belt) entered the Sun Belt Championship as the No. 4 seed and knocked out No. 5 ULM by a final of 67-64 in the Quarterfinals. ODU then squared off with top-seeded Marshall in the Semifinals and led 39-31 at halftime, but saw its tournament run come to an end as the Monarchs fell 76-70 to the Thundering Herd. Kaye Clark, the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the All-Tournament Team.

ODU finished with a NET ranking of 124 and received a first-round bye for the WNIT. The Monarchs were without top scorer and Third Team All-Sun Belt selection En'Dya Buford (12.4 ppg) for the conference tournament. Following her in scoring are Jordan McLaughlin (10.5 ppg), Brenda Fontana (9.3 ppg) and Clark (9.0 ppg). Buford and Fontana have combined for 79 three-pointers, Mimi McCollister (4.2 ppg) is next with 25 makes from distance, and McLaughlin is at 24. Simone Cunningham (6.9 ppg) is the team's leader on the glass with 7.0 rpg and also has 21 blocks, followed by Lanetta Williams (3.0 ppg) with 20 blocks. Clark is currently 12th in the nation in both steals (92) and steals per game (2.97).
As a team, the Monarchs average 64.6 points and allow opponents to net 60.6 poing for a +3.9 scoring margin. ODU is shooting a combined .375 from the field, including .282 from beyond the arc, and .639 at the free-throw line. Through games played on March 22, the team ranks 12th in the country in turnovers forced per game (20.77), 16th in offensive rebounds per game (14.9), 22nd in three-point percentage defense (.274), 26th in steals per game (10.6) and 31st in turnover margin (4.19).
ODU is making its second appearance in the WNIT in the past three seasons and its 10th overall, sporting an 8-9 record in the tournament. The Monarchs won the then-National Women's Invitational Tournament in 1978 as a warm-up to back-to-back AIAW national championships in 1979 and 1980. Head Coach DeLisha Milton-Jones is 3-2 in the WNIT. She led Pepperdine to the Sweet 16 in 2019, then went 1-1 in the tournament in 2022 as ODU won its first round game at Towson 72-66 before falling to Columbia 62-59 in the second round.

About North Carolina A&T
The Aggies (21-11, 13-5 CAA) earned a double-bye and the No. 4 seed for the Coastal Athletic Association Tournament, held at The Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. After taking out No. 13 Hofstra 55-40, N.C. A&T fell to top-seeded Stony Brook 59-51 in the Semifinals. The Aggies hosted UNC Greensboro in the first round of the WNIT on Friday night and defeated the Spartans, 56-51.
Jordyn Dorsey was named to the All-CAA First Team, Maleia Bracone landed on the CAA All-Defensive Team, and Paris Locked garnered CAA All-Rookie Team honors. The Aggies have four players averaging double figures: Dorsey paces the offense with 13.1 ppg, D'Mya Tucker is next at 11.2 ppg, Bracone averages 11.0 points and Chaniya Clark is at 10.1 ppg. Bracone is the top threat from distance with 46 threes, and Clark is the top rebounder with 261 boards (8.2 rpg). Dorsey has dished out 108 assists and ranks 20th nationally in both free throws (145) and free throw attempts (190). Bracone owns a team-high 69 steals and Clark enters Sunday's contest with 38 blocks.

The Aggies own a +8.2 scoring margin, averaging 64.3 ppg while allowing 56.2. The team is shooting .390 from the field, .265 from long range, and .740 at the line. N.C. A&T is currently third in Division I in field goal percentage defense (.344), 22nd in scoring defense, and 24th in free throws made per game (14.97).

Friday's game against UNCG marked the first time in program history that the Aggies hosted a national tournament game. It was also the first time the school hosted a postseason event since hosting the 2020 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships.
This is N.C. A&T's sixth appearance in the WNIT and their fourth under Head Coach Tarrell Robinson. In 2010, the Aggies became the first HBCU to win two consecutive WNIT games when they beat Wake Forest and Charlotte on the road before losing the Miami. This is also the program's first postseason appearance since the 2021 NCAA Tournament when N.C. A&T lost to No. 1 seed NC State, 79-58 in San Marcos, Texas.

WNIT Central
For more information about the WNIT, to include the tournament schedule and to view the bracket, fans can visit the tournament website here.

Up Next
The winner of Sunday's game will advance to the Super 16 round and play either Troy or FIU.