ULM Faces Old Dominion For First Time Since 1985 NCAA Final Four


2022-23 ULM WBB Notes: Game 14 vs. Old Dominion

 

THE STORYLINE –

After gaining a split in the opening series of Sun Belt Conference play, ULM (5-8, 1-1) begins a four-game road trip at league newcomer Old Dominion (8-7, 0-2) on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET. It marks the first meeting between ULM and ODU since the 1985 NCAA Final Four when the Lady Monarchs outlasted then-Northeast Louisiana, 57-47, in the national semifinals in Austin, Texas. With an 81-66 win over Arkansas State last Thursday, the Warhawks snapped a 10-game losing streak in conference openers. Now, ULM seeks its first Sun Belt road win since defeating Texas State, 58-55, on Jan. 16, 2020.

 

THE TIPOFF –

• After gaining a split in the opening series of Sun Belt Conference play, ULM (5-8, 1-1) begins a four-game road trip at league-newcomer Old Dominion (8-7, 0-2) on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET. It marks the first meeting between ULM and ODU in 38 years. The teams last met in the 1985 NCAA Final Four when the Lady Monarchs outlasted then-Northeast Louisiana, 57-47, in the national semifinals in Austin, Texas.

 

With an 81-66 win over Arkansas State last Thursday, the Warhawks snapped a 10-game losing streak in conference openers. Now, ULM seeks its first Sun Belt road win since defeating Texas State, 58-55, on Jan. 16, 2020. The Warhawks have lost 21 consecutive road games (tied with Bellarmine for the nation’s second-longest active streak), including 18 straight in conference play.

 

• Thursday’s game marks only the second meeting between ULM and Old Dominion. The only previous meeting came on March 29, 1985, at the NCAA Final Four in Austin, Texas, as the Lady Monarchs outlasted then-Northeast Louisiana, 57-47, in the national semifinals.

 

• Sophomore forward Katlyn Manuel and red-shirt senior guard/forward Kierra Brimzy (9.2 ppg. each) combined to average 18.4 points per game to pace a well-balanced scoring attack.

 

The 6-foot-1 Manuel has scored in double figures in eight games, including three in a row and four of the last five contests. She matched her season-high with 16 points (6-of-12 FG shooting) at McNeese and posted her second career double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds (6 offensive boards) in the 2022-23 season opener against Louisiana Christian.

 

The 5-9 Brimzy also has scored in double figures eight times this season. She recorded her first career double-double against Champion Christian, finishing with 13 points and a career-best 10 rebounds. Brimzy scored a season-high 18 points in the opener against Louisiana Christian.

 

ULM’s playing rotation features two other players who are averaging better than 7.0 points per game, including sophomore guard Olivia Knight (8.0 ppg., team-leading 19 3-pointers) and graduate center Emma Merriweather (7.5 ppg.). Seven different Warhawks have led the team in scoring this season.

 

• Graduate center Emma Merriweather ranks as ULM’s leading rebounder (7.3 rpg.) and fourth-leading scorer (7.5 ppg.). On a minutes-played basis, those statistics are equivalent to 17.6 points, 17.2 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots per game.

 

The 6-foot-5 Merriweather ranks inside the Sun Belt Conference’s Top 10 in three different statistical categories: third in offensive rebounding (3.4 pg.), third in blocked shots (1.8 pg.) and tied for seventh in overall rebounding (7.3pg.). Merriweather has posted two double-doubles this season, scoring a career-high 30 points and collecting a season-high 15 rebounds against Champion Christian and contributing 13 points and 10 boards against Central Arkansas.

 

• As a team, ULM ranks third in the Sun Belt Conference and No. 33 in NCAA Division I in offensive rebounds, averaging 14.8 per game. In addition, the Warhawks are listed among the league leaders in five additional statistical categories: first in blocked shots (4.4 pg.), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.9), fourth in assists (14.1 pg.), fifth in turnover margin (+3.2 pg.) and sixth in offensive rebounding percentage (.347).

 

THE LAST MEETING vs. OLD DOMINION –

[ODU 57, ULM 47: NCAA Final Four / National Semifinal; March 29, 1985; Austin Texas]: Bridget Jenkins scored 18 points, hitting 9-of-16 field-goal attempts to lead Old Dominion to a 57-47 victory over Northeast Louisiana in one national semifinal at the 1985 NCAA Final Four. Jenkins, who became a starter in early February, came into the Final Four, averaging just five points per game.

 

Northeast Louisiana scored eight consecutive points to grab an early 8-3 lead. Lisa Ingram and Chana Perry combined for eight of NLU’s first 12 points as the Lady Indians built a 12-5 advantage. Jenkins accounted for eight points during a 12-0 run as the Lady Monarchs turned the seven-point deficit into a 17-12 advantage. ODU’s 1-3-1 half-court trap helped fuel the comeback as the Lady Indians went scoreless for 5 1/2 minutes. Jenkins connected on 8-of-13 shots from the floor in the first half while netting 16 of her game-high 18 points in the first 20 minutes. The Lady Monarchs held a 27-25 lead at the intermission.

 

NLU briefly regained the lead in the opening minutes of the second half; first at 35-33 with 15:40 left, then again at 36-35 at the 14:05 mark. ODU gradually pulled away down the stretch, making six of its last 11 field-goal attempts, while the Lady Indians hit only one of their last 11 shots from the floor.

 

Old Dominion (30-3) shot 37 percent (26-of-70) from the field while NLU went 21-of-74 from the floor (28 percent). The Lady Monarchs outrebounded the Lady Indians, 57-45, with 17 of those coming off the offensive glass. ODU scored 10 second-chance points.    

 

Tracy Claxton scored 11 points and collected a game-high 17 rebounds for the Lady Monarchs while Media Dixon added 10 points, including two key baskets in the final four minutes as ODU maintained a six-point advantage.

 

A pair of Lady Indians posted double-doubles, as Ingram tied for game-high honors with 18 points to go along with 13 rebounds while Perry scored 15 points and grabbed 10 boards. NLU All-American Eun Jung Lee, who came to the NCAA Final Four averaging 18 points and nine assists per game, was slowed by a deep thigh bruise and managed just eight points and two assists.

 

Northeast Louisiana (30-2), which had a 15-game winning streak snapped by ODU, advanced to the NCAA Final Four out of the Midwest Regional, with wins over Missouri (85-84, OT), Auburn 76-71 and Louisiana Tech 85-76.

 

Old Dominion went on to claim its third National Championship – its first in the NCAA – with a 70-65 victory over Georgia.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS –

500 – Three ULM players have scored more than 500 career points, including sixth-year senior center Diamond Brooks (600), fourth-year junior guard Gara Beth Self (577) and sixth-year senior guard/forward Kierra Brimzy (501).  Graduate center Emma Merriweather needs 85 more points to join the 500-point club.

 

82.1 – True freshman Myca Trail ranks sixth in the Sun Belt Conference in free-throw percentage, hitting 32-of-39 attempts.

 

36.7 – ULM, which ranks third in the Sun Belt Conference in offensive rebounding at 14.8 per game, has collected 34.7 percent (164 of 473) of its rebounds off the offensive glass. Center Emma Merriweather (41 of 88; 47%) and forward Katlyn Manuel (34 of 77; 44%) rank 1-2 on the team in offensive rebounds.

 

12.7 – True freshman Myca Trail is averaging 12.7 points over her last three games, including two double-figure scoring efforts.

 

The 5-foot-10 Trail came off the Warhawk bench to score a team-high 14 points against Georgia State, connecting on 3-of-7 field-goal and 8-of-10 free-throw attempts. She added four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 29 minutes.

 

Trail provided a spark off in the bench in the first quarter in ULM’s 81-66 victory over Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Conference opener. All eight of her points came in the first 10 minutes as the Warhawks raced out to a 29-17 lead.

 

A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Trail hit 5-of-7 shots from the field and 6-of-8 free-throw attempts to finish with a season-high 16 points in ULM’s 69-65 win over Alcorn.

 

10 – Depth is an obvious strength of ULM’s 2022-23 team as 10 different players are averaging at least 11.0 minutes per game.

 

2022-23 WARHAWK STAT LEADERS –

Double-figure scoring games (34): Kierra Brimzy 8, Katlyn Manuel 8, Olivia Knight 4, Emma Merriweather 3, Myca Trail 3, Amaya Ford 2, Bre Sutton 2, Sarah Adams 1, Amani Brown 1, Aasia Sam 1, Gara Beth Self 1. Opponents: 36.

 

20-point games (1): Amani Brown 1. Opponents: 3.

 

Double-figure rebounding games (6): Emma Merriweather 4, Kierra Brimzy 1, Katlyn Manuel 1. Opponents: 6.

 

Double-doubles (4): Emma Merriweather 2, Kierra Brimzy 1, Katlyn Manuel 1. Opponents: 6.

 

Games leading ULM in scoring: Kierra Brimzy 3,

Katlyn Manuel 3, Emma Merriweather 2, Myca Trail 2, Sarah Adams 1, Olivia Knight 1, Bre Sutton 1.

 

Games leading ULM in rebounding: Emma Merriweather 6, Katlyn Manuel 4, Bre Sutton 4, Kierra Brimzy 1, Sha’Miya Butler 1, Amaya Ford 1, Myca Trail 1.

 

Games leading ULM in assists: Olivia Knight 5, Bre Sutton 3, Qua Chambers 2, Aasia Sam 2, Amaya Ford 1, Katlyn Manuel 1, Myca Trail 1.

 

 

2022-23 ULM STARTING LINEUPS –

Nov. 7 vs. Louisiana Christian: Knight, Brown, Brimzy, Sam, Manuel

Nov. 13 vs. Louisiana Tech: Knight, Brown, Brimzy, Sam, Manuel

Nov. 15 vs. Centenary: Knight, Self, Brimzy, Sam, Manuel

Nov. 19 vs. Central Arkansas: Knight, Self, Brimzy, Manuel, Merriweather

Nov. 22 at UCF: Knight, Trail, Sam, Manuel, Merriweather    

Nov. 29 at Mississippi State: Knight, Trail, Sam, Manuel, Merriweather

Dec. 3 vs. Champion Christian: Knight, Sam, Ford, Manuel, Merriweather

Dec. 10 at Northwestern State: Knight, Brown, Sam, Manuel, Merriweather           

Dec. 14 at McNeese: Sutton, Knight, Sam, Brimzy, Manuel

Dec. 17 vs. Tennessee Tech: Sutton, Knight, Sam, Brimzy, Manuel

Dec. 19 vs. Alcorn: Sutton, Knight, Sam, Brimzy, Manuel

Dec. 29 vs. Arkansas State: Sutton, Knight, Sam, Brimzy, Manuel

Dec. 31 vs. Georgia State: Sutton, Knight, Sam, Brimzy, Manuel

Different Starting Combinations (7):                           

Games (Record)

Knight, Brown, Brimzy, Sam, Manuel: 2 (1-1)

Knight, Self, Brimzy, Sam, Manuel: 1 (1-0)

Knight, Self, Brimzy, Manuel, Merriweather: 1 (0-1)

Knight, Trail, Sam, Manuel, Merriweather: 2 (0-2)

Knight, Sam, Ford, Manuel, Merriweather: 1 (1-0)

Knight, Brown, Sam, Manuel, Merriweather: 1 (0-1)

Sutton, Knight, Sam, Brimzy, Manuel: 5 (2-3)

 

2022-23 WARHAWK STATISTICAL TRENDS –

Games played in Fant-Ewing Coliseum: 5-4

Games played on the road: 0-4

Games played at a neutral site: 0-0

                        

Games played in November: 2-4

Games played in December: 3-4

Games played in January: 0-0

Games played in February: 0-0

Games played in March: 0-0

When leading after the first quarter: 5-1

When trailing after the first quarter: 0-6

When tied after the first quarter: 0-1

When leading at halftime: 5-0

When trailing at halftime: 0-7

When tied at halftime: 0-1

When leading after the third quarter: 5-0

When trailing after the third quarter: 0-8

When tied after the third quarter: 0-0

When shooting .500 or better from the field: 1-0

When shooting less than .500 from the field: 4-8

When opponent shoots .500 or better from the field: 0-2

When opponent shoots less than .500 from the floor: 5-6

When outrebounding opponent: 4-0

When outrebounded by opponent: 1-7

When rebounding totals are equal: 0-1

When hitting more free throws than opponent: 5-3

When hitting fewer free throws than opponent: 0-5

When hitting the same number of free throws as opponent: 0-0

When committing fewer turnovers than opponent: 3-3

When opponent commits fewer turnovers: 1-4

When turnover totals are equal: 1-1

When ULM scores less than 50 points: 0-2

When ULM scores 50-59 points: 0-5

When ULM scores 60-69 points: 1-1

When ULM scores 70-79 points: 0-0

When ULM scores 80-89 points: 3-0

When ULM scores 90-99 points: 0-0

When ULM scores 100+ points: 1-0

When opponent scores less than 50 points: 1-0

When opponent scores 50-59 points: 2-1

When opponent scores 60-69 points: 2-2

When opponent scores 70-79 points: 0-3

When opponent scores 80-89 points: 0-1

When opponent scores 90-99 points: 0-1

Games decided by five points or less: 1-0

Games decided by 6-10 points: 0-3

Games decided by 11-19 points: 1-1

Games decided by 20 points or more: 3-4   

         

Last five games: 2-3

Last 10 games: 3-7

Largest deficit overcome to win: 6 (12-6 vs. Arkansas State, Dec. 29)

Largest lead surrendered in a loss: 5 (5-0 at UCF, Nov. 22; 7-2 and 9-4 at McNeese, Dec. 14) 

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