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NEW COACH JOINS LADY MONARCHS

Old Dominion women's basketball head coach Wendy Larry has added former USA Basketball assistant coach and Ohio State All-American Nikita Lowry to her staff as announced.

"We are very excited about attracting someone with the outstanding basketball knowledge and the experiences Niki has had both as a player and coach at the Division I and international levels," said Larry, who begin her 17th season with the Lady Monarchs. "Her personality and her contacts, both nationally and internationally, will be a tremendous addition to this staff."

Lowry, an All-American and Hall of Fame Member of Ohio State women's basketball team, comes to Old Dominion with vast coaching and playing experience, including head coaching stints at New Mexico State and Detroit Mercy as well as assistant coaching positions at New Mexico State, Ohio State, and Michigan.

Internationally, Lowry has been active with USA Basketball both as a coach and a player. In 2002, she was an assistant with the U.S. 20-and-Under squad that won the gold medal at the COPABA Young Women's World Championships in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. During her collegiate days, Lowry was a member of two USA Select Teams (1988 & 1990), the World University Team (1989), and the Junior National Team (1987).

Lowry took over the reigns of the Detroit Mercy program in 1996, coaching the Titans to two Midwestern Collegiate Conference (MCC) titles and the school's first-ever NCAA appearance in 1997. In all, Lowry coached 10 All Mid-West Collegiate Continent Conference athletes at Detriot Mercy, as well as 20 honor students.

Following her three-year stint at Detroit Mercy, Lowry spent three seasons at New Mexico State as both an assistant and head coach. As an assistant, Lowry served as the Aggies recruiting coordinator and worked closely with the post players. In her first season as head coach at New Mexico State, her team set an NCAA record for most three-point field goals in a game (21), ranked second nationally with a 8.4 three-point field goal average, and set a New Mexico State record shooting 76.3 percent from the free throw line. Additionally, the Aggies earned the most wins since 1995-96 seasons.

As a player, Lowry was a four-year letterwinner for Ohio State from 1985-1989 where she helped lead the Buckeyes to four NCAA Tournament appearances. During her senior campaign she was named a Kodak and Street & Smith All-American, the Big Ten Player of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, and was a unanimous all-conference selection. During her final season she led OSU to a 24-6 overall record and a 16-2 mark in Big Ten play as well as a share of the Big Ten Championship. Additionally, Lowery led the league in field goal percentage, steals, and tied for the lead in rebounding as a junior and became the first Buckeye women's player to average over 20 points per game since 1979. Most recently, in 2000, Lowry was inducted into Ohio State's Hall of Fame and in 2002, she was named to the Buckeye's All-Century Team.

This article was posted on: July 22, 2003

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