Kristin Daugherty scored her 1,000th point with 3:39 left to play against UMass
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AMHERST, Mass. – Junior Kristin Daugherty scored the 1,000 th point of her University of Dayton career and the Flyers battled to a 74-60 win over Massachusetts Saturday at the Mullins Center. With the win UD moved to 20-5 overall and second place in the Atlantic 10 with an 8-2 mark.
The Flyers have now posted three consecutive 20-plus win seasons. It marks just the second time in program history the feat has been accomplished in UD women’s basketball history; the other was when Dayton had five consecutive seasons, winning at least 20 games from 1976-77 to 1980-81, and capturing an AIAW national championship in 1979-80.
Daugherty grabbed an offensive rebound and her put back and-one with 3:39 left in the contest, which gave Dayton a 64-58 lead, pushed her over the 1,000-point mark. She finished with 10 points and now has 1,002 in her career. She becomes the 18 th Flyer women’s basketball player to reach 1,000 and just the seventh to do it by her junior season.
Daugherty was one of five Flyers to finish in double figures. Patrice Lalor led the way with 13 points, along with a career-high six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Justine Raterman added 12 points and seven rebounds. Casey Nance contributed 10 points and Elle Queen also had 10 after going 8-of-12 from the free throw line. Kari Daugherty nearly reached double figures, scoring eight points and also notched two blocks.
Dayton dominated the first period until the final two minutes. The Flyers led by as many as 14 points, 30-16, after a free throw by Queen with 2:30 to play in the half. Daugherty scored her first points of the game, a three-pointer with 3:02 to play, which was UD’s last made field goal of the half. UMass closed out the period with a 9-0 run in the final 1:15, going 3-for-3 from three-point range to pull within 31-27 at the intermission. Lalor led UD in the first half with eight points, scoring all eight in the first four minutes of the game.
The Minutewomen tied the game 31-31 on a layup by Jasmine Watson with 18:52 to play. Lalor answered for the Flyers with a fast break jumper in the paint to give UD the lead for good. Dayton led by as many as 18 after a pair of free throws by Queen gave them a 74-56 advantage with 1:18 left in the game.
Diatiema Hill, of UMass, led all scorers with 15 points.
The Flyers shot just 38.5 percent from the floor, but made up for it by scoring 20 points off turnovers and 27 second chance points. UD won the battle of the boards 40-30 and also notched 11 steals, led by four from Kendel Ross. The Dayton bench also outscored the Minutewomen bench 23-2.
The Flyers host No. 7 Xavier on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at UD Arena. Tip-off is 7 p.m. ET. The game is the UD Hoops for Haiti with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the Red Cross to support the earthquake 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. A Dayton to Daytona Trip Give-Away will be held at halftime.
Junior Kristin Daugherty
On scoring her 1,000 th career point
“It’s a real honor. The success I have experienced is a tribute to my teammates. That fact I reached it with the group of people is really special to me.”
On her mom, brother and uncle driving the 1,500-mile round trip to surprise her.
“They’re so great. I know my dad and sister would have loved to be here too if they could. They support Kari and I, and our team so much, I’m so glad they could be here.”
On UD posting three consecutive years of 20-plus win seasons
“This shows how far Coach (Jim) Jabir has brought this program. This was a really solid win and great for this team.”
On the Flyers having so many scoring options
“I would hate to be the coach scouting our team. We have so many threats that can step up on any given night. It makes us so dangerous.”