Kendel Ross and the Flyers have a first-round bye in the 2010 A-10 Championship
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2010 Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship
NO. 2 SEED DAYTON FLYERS (23-6, 11-3 A-10) VS.
NO. 7 SEED ST. BONAVENTURE BONNIES (21-8, 9-5 A-10)/or
NO. 10 SEED SAINT LOUIS BILLIKENS (11-18, 5-9 A-10)
A-10 QUARTERFINALS - MARCH 6, 2010 - 5:30 pm ET
Venue: The Show Place Arena - Upper Marlboro, Md.
Live Video Streaming: ATLANTIC10.ORG
Live Stats: DaytonFlyers.com
· The Flyers are 8-8 all-time against SBU and have never played the Bonnies at a neutral site.
· Dayton is 17-6 all-time against Saint Louis, including 1-0 in neutral sites, defeating the Billikens 74-52 in the first round of the A-10 tournament last season, March 6, 2009.
· UD notched victories over both SBU (76-65) and SLU (73-54) at UD Arena this season.
· The Flyers are 9-14 overall in the A-10 Championship from 1996-2009.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Dayton has an RPI of 39 as of March 1; the second-best RPI of Atlantic 10 schools.
• The Flyers have quality wins over Georgetown (RPI 14), Michigan State (RPI 17), Temple (RPI 42), Purdue (RPI 67) and St. Bonaventure (RPI 69).
• The Flyers have received votes in either the AP or USA Today/ESPN Polls for 17 consecutive weeks.
• At 23-6, UD has now posted three consecutive 20-plus win seasons. It marks just the second time it’s been accomplished in UD women’s basketball history.
• With the Flyers’ 62-46 win over La Salle they improved to 11-3 in the Atlantic 10. The 11 wins are the most since they joined the conference in 1995-96, and the second-place finish is also their best. In those 11 A-10 wins the Flyers are outscoring opponents by an average of +19.1 ppg.
• Kendel Ross became the 19th UD women’s basketball player to join the 1,000-point club in Dayton’s 71-63 win over Temple on Feb. 20. Kristin Daugherty reached it a week earlier against UMass on Feb. 13. It’s the first time in UD women’s basketball history that two players have reached the feat in the same season.
• For the second consecutive season, sophomore Casey Nance leads the A-10 in blocked shots (57). Her 2.0 blocks per game are good enough for 38th in the nation.
• Patrice Lalor’s assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.87 is 36th in the NCAA and tied for first in the A-10. She has cut 35 turnovers from her freshman year when she had a 1.23 ratio.
• UD Head Coach Jim Jabir became the second all-time winningest coach at UD, taking No. 109 with UD’s 72-42 win over Fordham Feb. 11. Coach Jabir has taken the Flyers from three wins to three 20-win seasons in just seven years.
• The Flyers are second in the A-10 in scoring margin +13.3 (26th in NCAA). They are third in field goal percentage (42.1) and field goal percentage defense (36.5). No. 5 Xavier is the only other team in the top three in both categories. UD is 19th in the nation in rebounding margin (+6.4).
• UD has outscored its opponents 1032-755 in the first half this season, and 1016-908 in the second.
• Of Dayton’s six losses this season, four have been against ranked teams or teams that have received votes; No. 23 Louisville, twice to No. 5 Xavier. The Flyers have one neutral loss (Vermont, who was receiving votes) at the Dartmouth Blue Sky Classic. UD also fell to the 2009-10 MAC West champions Toledo.
DAYTON IN THE A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP
· Dayton’s No. 2 seed in the 2010 Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship is its highest since joining the conference in 1995-96.
· UD has earned a berth to the A-10 Championship every season since joining the league.
· Dayton is 9-14 overall in A-10 Championship action.
· The Flyers have earned a first-round bye for only the second time, and the first time since 2001 when they were the No. 4 seed. That year, UD defeated No. 5 seed Saint Joseph’s 71-56 in the quarterfinals, but fell to the No. 1 seed Xavier 80-71 in the semifinals.
· Dayton has advanced to the A-10 semifinals the past two seasons, are 0-3 overall in semifinal action, and have never had a finals appearance.
· Last year, in the 2009 A-10 Championship, No. 8 seed Flyers downed Saint Louis, 74-52 in the first round, and then staged a 63-60 overtime upset of No. 15 Xavier, the top seeded team in the tournament. De’Sarae Chambers led UD with 19 points, while Justine Raterman had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kendel Ross played 40 minutes and grabbed 16 rebounds. Raterman hit a three-pointer with 1:04 to play in overtime to give UD a one-point lead. Casey Nance notched a blocked shot on the other end of the floor, and then Kristin Daugherty hit two free throws with 10 seconds to play. UD led No. 4 seed Richmond 34-20 at the half, but the Spiders pulled off a 54-48 win in the semifinals. Dayton led for nearly 39 minutes, but a 14-0 run in the final 6:45 of the game by Richmond allowed the Spiders to take the lead with 1:36 to play and move on to the finals. Raterman, who averaged 14.7 ppg and 8.0 rpg, was the only freshman named to the 2009 All-Championship Team.
· The Flyers also reached the semifinals in 2008 as the No. 5 seed. They defeated No. 12 UMass in the first round, 57-51, and went on to upset No. 4 Charlotte, 77-53. UD fell in the semifinals to No. 1 Temple 56-51. Senior Nikki Oakland became the first Flyer to ever be named to the A-10’s All-Championship Team.
· The Flyers earned a berth to the WNIT in 2007-08 and 2008-09, the first time in modern program history that Dayton made the postseason in two consecutive seasons. Last year UD also registered its first postseason win in the modern era with a 70-55 win over Oakland in the first round of WNIT action on March 19, 2009.
· The Flyers won the AIAW Division II National Championship in 1979-80 and were runners-up in 1978-79. They were NCAA D-II semifinalists in 1983-84. Dayton has never earned a trip to the NCAA D-I Tournament.
· Current UD Head Coach Jim Jabir led Marquette to back-to-back NCAA appearances in 1993-94 and 1994-95. Jabir was head coach of the Golden Eagles from 1990-91 to 1995-96.
DAYTON GOES INTO A-10 TOURNEY WITH FIRST-ROUND BYE AND CONFIDENCE
The University of Dayton is on a quest for the program’s first-ever Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship. The journey begins this Saturday, March 6 at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. at 5:30 p.m. ET. By virtue of their No. 2 seed, the Flyers earned a first-round bye. UD plays the winner of the No. 7 St. Bonaventure/No. 10 Saint Louis first-round bout scheduled for Friday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. ET.
The Flyers went 5-0 this season against the teams on their side of the bracket, while going 4-3 against the other side of the bracket, including two losses to No. 5 Xavier.
Dayton had a tremendous regular season, finishing with a 23-6 overall record, an 11-3 mark in the A-10 and several highlights. For the first time in program history UD knocked off a Top 10 team, defeating No. 10 Michigan State 77-74. UD toppled three teams in three days to claim the Purdue BTI Classic championship. Dayton entered the AP and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 for the first time, reaching as high as No. 20 in both polls. The Flyers won a program-best 11 A-10 games.
FLYERS’ LAST TIME OUT
Justine Raterman scored 21 points, leading the University of Dayton to a 62-46 win over La Salle at Tom Gola Arena Saturday, Feb. 27. With the victory the Flyers improved to 23-6 overall and 11-3 in Atlantic 10 action. More importantly, UD secured second-place in the conference standings, its best finish since joining the A-10 in 1995-96. Kristin Daugherty and Casey Nance also reached double figure scoring for UD with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Elle Queen came off the bench to grab six rebounds for the Flyers.
The series between the Bonnies and Flyers is all tied up at 8-8. Dayton has won two of the last three meetings, including the last when Patrice Lalor posted a career-high 16 points in a 76-65 win over St. Bonaventure on Jan. 16 at UD Arena. She also had five assists and no turnovers.
The Flyers own a 17-6 lead in the all-time series against Saint Louis, including seven consecutive victories over the Billikens. In their last meeting, UD’s 73-54 win over Saint Louis on Feb. 7 gave the Flyers eight consecutive wins at UD Arena. 13 Flyers reached the scoring column, led by 14 points from senior Kendel Ross.
In UD’s 11 Atlantic 10 wins, the Flyers are outscoring opponents by an average of 19.1 ppg.