Feb. 2, 2009
DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Dayton women's basketball team will look to snap a three-game losing skid as the team remains on the road to play St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Reilly Center. The Flyers and Bonnies will tip-off at 7 p.m. ET in a game that can be followed with live stats at www.DaytonFlyers.com.
UD fell to 13-9 overall and 2-4 in the Atlantic 10 Conference on Saturday after losing to Temple on the road, 62-52. Despite having three players score in double figures, the Flyers were unable to overcome the Owls, who out-rebounded UD 51-32.
Kristin Daugherty netted 15 points in the loss, 11 of which came in the first half, while fellow teammates Casey Nance and Justine Raterman chipped in with 14 points and 10 points, respectively.
Dayton has faced tough competition all season long and three of its losses have come at the hands of nationally-ranked opponents. As for the other six losses, four of the teams Dayton has been defeated by advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year. The other three made it into the Women's NIT.
The Flyers are led by a trio of double-digit scorers including Daugherty and Raterman who are neck-in-neck for the title of leading scorer. Daugherty is averaging 14.0 ppg, while Raterman averages 13.0 ppg. Junior Kendel Ross is third in scoring for UD with 10.8 ppg.
Defensively, UD is led by seven-time A-10 Rookie of the Week Justine Raterman (9.2 rpg), who is one of only two A-10 players to rank in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding. Dayton has three players who rank in the top 10 in rebounding in the A-10 including Raterman (3rd), Ross (9th, 7.0 rpg), and Casey Nance (10th, 7.0 rpg).
SCOUTING ST. BONAVENTURE
St. Bonaventure is coming off of its only second defeat of the new year after losing to Xavier, 74-59, Sunday afternoon. The Bonnies are off to a strong start in A-10 play, prior to the loss at Xavier the team was off to its best start since the 1997-98 season and has won six of its last seven games.
Earlier in the season St. Bonaventure received it's first-ever votes in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll after defeating nationally-ranked Michigan State (63-52).
The scoring duo of Katelyn Murray and Dana Mitchell lead the brown and white. The tandem has accounted for 41 percent of the Bonnies offense this season. Mitchell is averaging 15.5 ppg and ranks fourth in the A-10 in scoring, while Murray is scoring at an 11.7 clip per game.
SBU is coached by Jim Crowley who is in his 10th season with the program and owns a 102-147 record at the school. He holds a 141-185 overall record in 12 years as a head coach.
Dayton leads the series 8-6 and won the last outing, 64-51, at UD Arena on Feb. 3, 2008.
Dayton returns home to host UMass on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. Saturday's match-up can be followed with live stats, live audio, and FREE video streaming at www.DaytonFlyers.com.