Feb. 18, 2009
RICHMOND, VA - Freshman Justine Raterman's double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds was not enough as the University of Dayton women's basketball team (15-12, 4-7) fell, 60-51, to the Richmond Spiders (19-7, 7-4) Wednesday evening at the Robins Center.
It was Raterman's seventh double-double of the season as she finished 6-of-10 from the floor, 4-of-6 from three-point range, and 2-of-2 from the line.
Sophomore Kristin Daugherty also contributed with 11 points in 30 minutes of action. Freshman Patrice Lalor dished out a game-high four assists, while fellow teammate Casey Nance blocked a game-high three shots. Dayton led in blocked shots on the night, 8-2.
For the game, Richmond made 22-of-68 (32 percent) shots from the floor compared to Dayton's 18-of-48 (37 percent). The Spiders held a commanding edge in rebounds (51-32 overall and 22-5 on the offensive glass).
Richmond's Nikita Thomas grabbed a career-high 16 boards in the game. Offensively, three Spiders tallied double digits: Brittani Shells (11 points), Johanna McKnight (10 points), and Thomas (10 points).
The two teams traded baskets early on, but UD would have an edge after Daugherty hit three-straight buckets. The advantage wouldn't last long as Richmond would go on a 10-1 run sparked by back-to-back treys from Danielle Bell and Rachael Bilney.
However, the Flyers would chip away and close the gap to within one point after a Justine Raterman three, 23-22, with five minutes to play in the first half.
From there, the Flyers would take the lead twice, but the Spiders would go 6-of-9 from the free throw line and Bilney would get another trey up as UD trailed, 34-28, at the break.
After leading at halftime, the Spiders expanded on its lead 48-34 with 12:00 to go. The Flyers responded with an 8-0 streak as Kayla Moses connected on a lay-up, Daugherty hit a jumper and Raterman netted a shot from beyond the arc to move the score 48-42 with 9:42 remaining.
Dayton would get as close as four points twice, both times behind Raterman, but never came closer losing 60-51.
Dayton returns home to host La Salle on "Think Pink" Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. The Flyers will be joining the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in its efforts to raise cancer awareness at Saturday's game. The coaches and staff for both teams will "Think Pink" by wearing pink ribbons at the game as a part of a national effort organized by the WBCA. For more information about this cause visit the WBCA web page at www.wbca.org.
The Flyers will also host the 12th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day prior to tip-off. Fans will have the opportunity to meet their favorite female Flyer student-athletes prior to the game, while taking part in interactive stations setup around the arena concourse. The festivities begin at noon.