Kendel Ross led Dayton with 14 points
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DAYTON, Ohio – The Flyers made it eight consecutive wins in a row at UD Arena with their 73-54 win over Saint Louis Sunday. Dayton improved to 18-5 overall and 6-2 in Atlantic 10 play as 13 Flyers reached the scoring column, led by 14 points from senior Kendel Ross. Junior Kristin Daugherty and sophomore De’Sarae Chambers each added 10 points for UD.
Saint Louis (7-16, 1-7 A-10) dropped its fifth consecutive game of the season, and seventh straight to Dayton in their all-time series which UD leads 17-6.
Sophomore Justine Raterman knocked down a trey just nine seconds into the game and never trailed. Midway through the first half the Flyers held a commanding 23-11 lead after a Brittany Wilson free throw at the 10:32 mark. UD led by as much as 18 in the first half after Ross made a pair of free throws to give Dayton a 40-22 lead with 1:15 to play.
Ross had eight points in the first half as Dayton held a 40-23 lead.
SLU hit just three field goals in the first seven minutes of action in the second stanza and UD’s lead grew to 27, its largest of the game, 58-31, with 12:23 to play. In that span, UD went on an 18-8 run. The closest the Billikens got the rest of the game was within 18 points.
For the game, the Dayton bench outscored SLU’s 37-11. UD also scored 21 points off turnovers, compared to SLU’s 11. The Flyers had 14 fast break points. Patrice Lalor, Sam MacKay and Kari Daugherty each nabbed two steals. Lalor also had five assists.
Dayton had 46 rebounds to SLU’s 38. It marks the 18th time UD has won the battle of the boards this season. Wilson and freshman Olivia Applewhite each grabbed seven rebounds to lead the way. Sophomore Casey Nance had six and Ross added five.
The Flyers go on a two-game road swing to the East coast. They take on Fordham on Wednesday, Feb. 10 in the Bronx at 7 p.m. ET and then travel to Massachusetts for another A-10 battle on Saturday, Feb. 13 against the Minutewomen at 2 p.m. ET. The game against UMass will be broadcast on national television by CBS-College Sports.
When the Flyers host No. 7 Xavier on Wednesday, Feb. 17, all proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Red Cross to support the relief efforts in Haiti. Tickets are $2 but larger donations will be graciously accepted. UD Hoops for Haiti; United in Our Faith, Global in Our Mission T-shirts will also be on sale to the public with all proceeds also going to the Red Cross. Tip-off is 7 p.m. ET. A Dayton to Daytona Trip Give-Away will be held at halftime.
Dayton Head Coach Jim Jabir
“We set it up early and then I was very disappointed in our second half. We were sloppy, we didn’t rotate defensively, we gave up too many offensive rebounds, and we came away with a 19-point win but I don’t feel really great about it.”
“[Olivia Applewhite] is the most aggressive kid on our team and we’re blessed to have her. She’s starting to come into her own; she’s learning a lot and is getting better every day.”
“There were times when we were pretty opportunistic defensively and then there were times where we just didn’t make the necessary reads and rotations so we have a lot of work to do.”
“You know, we did a great job against their bigs... We did a great job of shutting them down.”
“[Fordham and Massachusetts] are two teams that are very good teams but are struggling record-wise, but they’re very tough teams and they play real hard. We have to improve and bring a lot of focus to those games on the road and then we come home and we’ve got Xavier again, and Temple is a formidable opponent, so we have to get better. We have to keep improving, and hopefully we’ll be able to do that.”