ODAC Splits Senior All-Star Games

ODAC Splits Senior All-Star Games

ODAC Wins First Women's Game in Hampden-Sydney's Gymnasium

Women's Box Score     Men's Box Score

, Va. --- The ODAC split the ODAC-USA South Senior All-Star Basketball Games last weekend at Hampden-Sydney College, marking the third straight year the teams had each won a contest.  The ODAC women evened their record at 2-2 with a 79-67 win, marking their first victory in the series since the inaugural event in 2006.  The ODAC men suffered their first loss in four tries, this one coming in overtime via an 88-87 result.

With Hampden-Sydney being an all male institution, it is also believed that the game between the two conferences' female stars was the first women's game in Fleet Gymnasium.

Roanoke's Erin Jenkins led three ODAC women in double figures with 13 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists.  Jennifer Saunders (Bridgewater) added 12 points and seven boards while Jill Weston (Virginia Wesleyan) chipped in 10 markers.  Andrea Ushinski (Virginia Wesleyan) recorded nine points with team highs of eight rebounds and four assists.

The USA South's Dione Eccles (Greensboro) posted a double-double with game-highs of 19 points, 14 rebounds and five assists to go with four steals.  She hit five three-pointers.  Miranda Carrasco (Ferrum) had 13 points, hitting three from long-distance.

Curtis Peery (Roanoke) led the ODAC men with 12 points and 10 rebounds, the latter marking a game-high.  Rob Rice (Bridgewater) notched 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.  LeRoger Parrish (Eastern Mennonite) also scored 11 points, hitting 5-of-8 shots from the field.

Thomas Whinnett (Christopher Newport) led all scorers with 16 points to go with seven rebounds.  Adam Coleman (N.C. Wesleyan) added 15 points while Ryan Frazier (Averett) scored 11 points.

Inaugurated in 2006, the ODAC/USA South Senior Basketball All-Star Challenge provides graduating seniors from each of the conferences' schools an opportunity in the collegiate forum one final time.  USA South member Averett University hosted the first contest two years ago while ODAC member Roanoke College welcomed the two games to its campus in 2007.  N.C. Wesleyan College served as the host institution last season. 

The event also features the theme "Sportsmanship Counts."  The games are intended to place the importance of sportsmanship and the values of fair play.

The conferences split last season's games at N.C. Wesleyan with the ODAC earning the victory in the men's tilt, 112-105, and the USA South claiming the women's result, 82-74.  The outcome was the same in 2007 at Roanoke College, and the ODAC swept both matchups in the 2006 event at Averett.

Below you will find photos of both the men's and women's teams.  To download a larger copy, click on the thumbnail of the photo you'd like to download.  Once the larger picture has appeared, right-click your mouse on the photo and choose "Save Picture As" to save it to your computer.

For more information, visit the homes of both conferences on the Internet at www.odaconline.com and www.usasouth.net.