Monday, February 13, 2023

Pat Summitt's 1998 Lady Vols 80, Liebermann's 1980 ODU 55

Even against perhaps the best women's team in history, ODU's Nancy Lieberman was spectacular with 17 points and 6 steals. However, all five starters scored in double figures for Pat Summitt's 39-0 Tennessee squad from 1998, and center Chamique Holdsclaw scored 12 points with 14 rebounds and four blocked shots as the Lady Vols started the second half on a 12-1 run to pull away for an easy 80-55 win.

For those who play the game, the table in the game instructions showed as overwhelming Vols edge. Tennessee's "51-54=Layup" combined with ODUs defensive "adjust opp LU by 4" combined to give the Vols an uncontested lay-up on a 51-62 on the 11-66 roll each time they had the ball. The suffocating 39-0 Tennessee national champs played out in their -3 on on their adjustment - since ODU had no lay-ups their offensive cards, the -3 on the Tennessee cards meant on rolls of 51-53 the Vols had an automatic STOP meaning missed shot on defensive rebound.

The game took 37 minutes to play as we start from a 20-20 tie and give each team 44+ possessions. With the reserves in for the first seven possessions, ODU's Noreen Kemether hit a 3-pointer immediately, and when the starters came in for both teams with 37 possessions left ODU was within 26-28. However the Tennessee starters were just too much.

Below the starters we show the box score on the game followed by a photo of our first scoresheet in women's play.

Tennessee had home court advantage as the #3 seed, but for the first time in one of our games the 18-seed ODU did not get a single bad call. This was our first Value Add Basketball Game with our new all-time great women's team cards. Tennessee is one of 10 teams to host an opening round game, and will be one of six teams to get a buy to the quarterfinals as one of the top six seeds to advance. The bottom four seeds to advance will be the only teams with a 2nd round game as they will play second round games against each other to get to the quarterfinals.

Here is the box score.

at #3 Tennessee 80, #18 Old Dominion 55

#18 Old Dominion 1980 PtsRebStealsBlocksFouls
Nancy Lieberman172624
Angela Cotman31102
Rhonda Rompola64102
Inge Nissen25004
Anne Donovan138031
Chris Critelli21001
Sue Brown22002
Noreen Kemether64002
Linda Jerome22002
Susan Richardson21001
Old Dominion 1980 Totals55308521

Turnovers: ODU 15, Tennessee 14
#3 Tennessee 1988PtsRebStealsBlocksFouls
Kristen "Ace" Clement163101
Kellie Jolly114112
Tamika Catchings105301
Semeka Randall135101
Chamique Holdsclaw1214044
Laurie Milligan21001
Brynae Laxton32001
Niya Butts51002
LaShonda Stephens62001
Teresa Geter24001
Tennessee 1988 Totals80416515

Based on our calculation of the cards, Tennessee was actually a 31-point favorite in the game with the top four seeds heavily favored. South Carolina calculates as just one point better than Ohio State based on their player cards, but with home advantage being worth three points they are favored by four.

Match-upHome FavoredActual
#20 Long Beach St. 1987 at #1 Connecticut 201634 
#19 Duke 2006 at #2 Connecticut 201032 
#18 Old Dominion 1980 at #3 Tennessee 199831W 80-55
#17 Texas 2018 at #4 Louisiana Tech 198225 
#16 Louisville 2014 at #5 Baylor 201914 
#15 Oregon 2019 at #6 Baylor 201213 
#14 Washington 2017 at #7 USC 19839 
#12 Mississippi St. 2018 at #8 Stanford 20219 
#13 Notre Dame 2018 at #9 Texas A&M 20117 
#11 Ohio St. 2016 at #10 South Carolina 20174 
2nd round  
Bottom 4 winners in 1st round face off  
Two second round winners join Elite 8 

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