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Women’s Basketball pioneer, Hall of Famer, Anne Donovan passes away


June 13, 2018

Anne Donovan 2011 photo By Sphilbrick - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https

NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University Hall of Famer Anne Donovan died Wednesday, June 13. She was 56.

Donovan death was determined to be of heart failure in Wilmington, North Carolina.

“My heart aches for the loss of Lady Monarch legend and Hall of Famer, Anne Donovan. An exceptional player, coach and even better person, her legacy will be remembered for years to come,” ODU Women’s Basketball head coach Nikki McCray said. “I am thankful to have known her and now to coach at her alma mater. Rest in peace, coach.”

Donovan was recognized by virtually every post season and All-American squad in the nation during her ODU career, earning Kodak All-American honors for three years and Academic All-American honors for two straight seasons. Her honors culminated in 1983 with her naming as the Naismith Trophy winner as the national Player of the Year as selected by coaches and awarded an NCAA post-graduate scholarship for her academic achievements. Anne completed her four years at ODU with a 3.5 cumulative average in her major of leisure studies and became the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in ODU history with 2,719 points and 1,976 rebounds. She is still the NCAA’s all-time shot blocker with 801.

Donovan graced the sport of women’s basketball at Old Dominion University from 1979 to 1983, helping to lead the Lady Monarchs to a national championship in 1980 and two more “Final Four” appearances during her four years.

In 2008, as the USA Olympic Head Coach, Donovan led the squad to gold medal, making her the first player turned head coach to win gold as both.

A native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Anne was one of the most highly recruited high school players in the nation. A graduate of Paramus Catholic, the 6-8 center earned Parade Player-of-the-Year honors in 1979 before signing with ODU.

As an ambassador for her sport, Anne achieved international notoriety as a member of the gold medal United States basketball team in the 1984 Olympics and she continued to play with the national team through the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea.

Anne returned to her alma mater in 1987 as a part-time assistant basketball coach, following five years of competition in Japan. She was later elevated to full time assistant and remained at Old Dominion until 1997. Donovan was also a head coach at East Carolina University, where she guide the Lady Pirates to the 1997 CAA finals, the Philadelphia Rage of the ABL, interim head coach with the Indiana Fever of the WNBA and in 2001 became the head coach of the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA.

Anne Donovan in action (courtesy Old Dominion Sports Information)

In 2001, she led the Sting to the WNBA finals and in 2002 won the WNBA Eastern Conference. In 2003, Donovan moved west to Seattle as its head coach, leading the Storm to the WNBA title in 2004. She also coached in the WNBA for New York and Connecticut, as well as the head coach at Seton Hall for four years.

Calling upon a coach who has been entrenched in USA Basketball for nearly three decades, USA Basketball announced on Jan. 12, 2006 that Donovan would serve as the head coach of the USA Basketball Women’s Senior national team for 2006-08. She served as an assistant coach for team USA during its gold medal wins in 1998, 2002 and 2004.

On Sept. 30, 2007, USA basketball, coached by Donovan defeated Cuba, 101-71 to qualify for the 2008 games in Beijing, China.

Donovan is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame (1995), the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (1999), the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (1996), the ODU Sports Hall of Fame(1988) and the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame (1994). In October of 2009 she was inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.

On Oct. 24, 2004, she was named by the Sun Belt Conference as its All-Time Women’s Basketball Player. On Jan. 13, 2008, Anne was awarded the NCAA 25-year Award in Nashville, TN. On Dec. 13, 2008 Anne was presented with an honorary Doctorate’s degree from Old Dominion University. In 2010 she was be inducted in the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.

Old Dominion University statistics


GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% FT% RPG APG BPG PPG
1979-80 Old Dominion University 38 648 63.0% 53.9% 12.9 1.6 6.0 17.1
1980-81 Old Dominion University 35 879 63.8% 71.4% 16.2 1.5 5.7 25.1
1981-82 Old Dominion University 28 579 64.0% 69.7% 14.7 2.6 6.0 20.7
1982-83 Old Dominion University 35 613 61.4% 66.9% 14.4 2.5 5.9 17.5
Career 136 2719 63.1% 66.1% 14.5 2.0 5.9 20.0





Dayton Flyers men’s basketball to play Tulsa Golden Hurricane in 2018-19 season





SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced recently the matchups for the annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase presented by Citi on Sunday, December 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The tripleheader will feature the Dayton Flyers against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.  The other two games will feature Rhode Island versus West Virginia and Drexel versus Quinnipiac.
“We are excited to be a part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena,” UD coach Anthony Grant said.  “It’s an opportunity to play a quality opponent in Tulsa at a venue that is becoming known for college basketball.”
Tickets will be available for sale through the UD Arena Prosource Ticket Office in June.  Exact date and ticket prices will be communicated to fans in the coming weeks.
General public tickets will go on sale Friday, September 7 at 10 am ET via all Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Arena box office.
Game time, television details and an exclusive Citi-pass pre-sale opportunity will be released at later date.
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is pleased to return to Mohegan Sun for the Holiday Showcase presented by our newest partner, Citi,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “The six teams participating, and their fans, are sure to have a memorable day of basketball in a beautiful venue this holiday season.”
Dayton finished the 2017-18 season 14-17 and returns five of its top six scorers and three of its top four rebounders.  Leading the way is All-Atlantic 10 performer Josh Cunningham, a two-time captain who led the Flyers in both categories (15.6 ppg., 8.4 rpg.).



Dayton Flyers men’s basketball to play in 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational


MAUI, Hawaii – Continuing their commitment to enhancing the non-conference schedule and increasing national exposure, the University of Dayton Flyers were announced as a part of the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational eight-team field.

The Maui Jim Maui Invitational field showcases a collection of programs that boasts a combined 190 NCAA Tournament appearances, 44 Final Four berths and an incredible 18 national championships.

Dayton will be joined by BYU, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia Tech and host Chaminade for the 36th annual Tournament, which will be contested Nov. 25-27 at the historic Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui.

“The Maui Jim Maui Invitational has earned a reputation for showcasing powerhouse teams year over year, and we are thrilled to continue that tradition in 2019,” said Tournament Chairman Dave Odom. “The Lahaina Civic Center will host some of college basketball’s best programs, coaches and players when these eight teams converge in Maui.”

The Flyers will make their fourth Maui Jim Maui Invitational appearance. Dayton previously played in 2000, 2003 and 2013.

Dayton is 7-2 in its previous appearances at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. In 2000, UD placed in third after upsetting No. 12 UConn and No. 6 Maryland. In 2003, the Flyers won the tournament title after knocking off Central Michigan, San Diego State and Hawai’i. The Flyers placed in third again in 2013 with victories over No. 12 Gonzaga and Cal.

The 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be the 12th consecutive exempt tournament for the Flyers. UD will also play in the 2018 Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis.

Since the inception of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in 1984, 124 schools representing 26 conferences and 40 states have competed in the event. Teams that have participated in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational throughout the event’s history own 68 of the 79 NCAA Division I Basketball Championships. Six schools have gone on to win the National Championship after competing in Maui earlier in the season.

Fans can immediately begin planning to catch all the action at the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Log on to for details on travel package information or visit and register to receive email alerts from the Tournament.

Dayton Flyers sign high-scoring guard Jhery Matos


Jhery Matos (courtesy Dayton)


Junior College All-American Will Have Two Years Of Eligibility At Dayton


DAYTON – University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced that Jhery Matos, a 6-foot-6 guard from Monroe College, has signed a letter of intent with the University of Dayton.  Monroe is a junior college located in the Bronx.  Matos will have two seasons eligibility at UD.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Matos was named a NJCAA Third Team All-American this season after leading Monroe to a 20-11 record and the regional championship game. He averaged 17.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his only season at Monroe.  He shot 43.1 % from the field, 35.8% from three-point range and 71.3% from the free throw line.  He was also NJCAA Region XV Player of the Year and team MVP for Monroe.

“We are very excited to announce Jhery’s signing,” Grant said.  “He is a long, athletic guard who can play multiple perimeter positions and be effective at both ends of the floor.  His international experience in the Dominican National Team program is a plus.  He will give us mature leadership, and fit in very well with our culture as well as our style of play.

“He is highly motivated to succeed and is very appreciative of the opportunity he has in front of him as a student-athlete at University of Dayton.”

The newest Flyer is from Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’ capital.  He grew up in the basketball-centric Villa Juana neighborhood and played for the renowned Matos Baez club team.   In 2013, he made the decision to move to the United States to further his education and move his basketball career forward.

He attended Calusa Prep in Miami, Fla. for one year and spent one season in Orlando at West Oaks Academy.  He averaged 15.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists a game as senior.

After high school, he spent his freshman season at Eastern Florida State College, a junior college in Melbourne, Fla.   Matos started the first six games and hit double figures four times, but suffered an injury that caused him to miss 17 of the team’s last 19 games.  He averaged 5.3 points a game for the entire 2016-17 season at Eastern Florida before transferring to Monroe last year.

In addition to his high school and junior college experience in the states, Matos has played for the Dominican Republic’s U19 team and has trained with the national team.

Dayton was 14-17 in 2018-19.  The Flyers return four starters, including All-Atlantic 10 performer Josh Cunningham.  A two-year team captain, Cunningham led UD in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (8.4), and was fifth nationally in field goal percentage (.646, 186-288).

Matos joins fall signee Dwayne Cohill as the first two Flyer recruits for 2018-19.  Cohill scored over 2,000 points for Holy Name High School in Cleveland and was named First Team Division II All-Ohio.


Josh Cunningham, Mr. Reliable, Mr. Dependable every game, named UD Flyers MVP


DAYTON – University of Dayton team captain Josh Cunningham has been named the Flyers’ 2017-18 White-Allen Most Valuable Player.

Cunningham is ranked in the top 100 nationally in seven statistical categories. He led the Flyers in scoring (15.6), rebounding (8.4) and field goal percentage (.646). The two-time Dayton captain started all 31 games this season after coming back from an injury that limited him to just 11 games in 2016-17. Earlier in the year, he set the Dayton record for consecutive field goals made (22) over three games in December.

Cunningham was named Second Team NABC All-District and Third Team All-Atlantic 10.

The Chicago native and Morgan Park graduate finished the season fifth nationally in field goal percentage.

The White-Allen Most Valuable Player Trophy is sponsored by Tim White and White-Allen Auto Group, Inc.  The award is selected by members of the team. The White-Allen Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953.  White-Allen now sponsors the MVP award for UD’s men’s and women’s basketball, football and volleyball teams.

Josh Cunningham ( photo)

As the team’s top rebounder, Cunningham also won the “Shorty” Sharpenter Memorial Rebounding Trophy.  The Sharpenter award is named for Hall of Famer Ned “Shorty” Sharpenter, and has been sponsored by his family since its inception in 1979.

Darrell Davis was the winner of the Alex Schoen Memorial Free Throw Trophy as UD’s top free throw shooter.  The Flyer senior guard made 105 of 125 free throws (87.5%).  The Detroit native was second on the team in scoring (15.4 points a game), and assists (2.7), and was third in rebounding (4.1).  Davis’ performance was the eighth-best single-season free throw percentage in UD history.  It also moved him up to sixth on Dayton’s career free throw list with final numbers of 175 for 219 (.799). The Schoen Trophy is named in honor of Alex Schoen, Sr., the captain of UD’s first varsity basketball team in 1903-04. Awarded since 1950, it is sponsored by Alex Schoen, Jr.  It goes to the UD player with the highest FT% with a minimum of 50 free throws attempted.

Trey Landers was named the Chris Daniels Memorial Most Improved Player.  After playing in just 53 minutes over nine games and averaging 3.0 points and 1.7 rebounds as a freshman, Landers started all 29 games he played in 2017-18. He was third on the team in scoring (11.3 points per game) and second in rebounding (5.6).  He scored 27 points all of last season, and scored 26 in one game (Fordham) this season.  Over the final 10 games of the year, the Dayton native was the Flyers’ top player, averaging 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds, while shooting .634 (64 of 101) from the field, .391 (9 of 23) from beyond the arc and .724 (21 of 29) from the line.  The Daniels Award is presented in memory of Flyer center Chris Daniels.  Originated in 1994-95 as the most improved player award, this award was renamed for Daniels following his death in 1996.

Jordan Davis was named the winner of the Thomas M. Luppe Award, which is awarded to the first-year player (or players) on the team who best demonstrates the courage, desire and integrity of former Flyer freshman Tom Luppe.  Davis, who hails from Irmo, S.C., was Dayton’s fifth-leading scorer (8.0).  His .394 (56 of 142) three-point shooting percentage led UD, was ninth overall in the A-10 and was the top mark in the conference among freshmen.  The Luppe Award honors Thomas M. Luppe, who died in 1963 while playing in a UD freshman game.

Junior guard Jack Westerfield was presented with the John L. Macbeth Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award.   The Macbeth Scholar-Athlete Award is presented in memory of Dayton businessman John L. Macbeth, and is sponsored by Mrs. John L. Macbeth and family.  It has been awarded since 1959.  A walk-on, Westerfield saw action in 10 games last season (nine in conference play) and scored eight points.

Junior forward Ryan Mikesell was named the 2018-19 winner of the James G. and Purcell S. Palmer Endowed Scholarship. Mikesell missed the 2017-18 season rehabbing surgically repaired hips after playing in all 32 games (24 starts) in 2016-17.

Freshman point guard Jalen Crutcher was awarded the 2018-19 Uhl Family Endowed Scholarship.  Crutcher and classmate Jordan Davis each played in all 31 games and started 22.  The 44 starts by a pair of freshman guards are by far the most in Flyer basketball history.  Memphis native Crutcher was UD’s fourth-leading scorer at 9.2 points per game, and led the Flyers in assists (4.4).  He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team.

Redshirt freshman Obadiah Toppin was named the winner of the Dr. George Rau Spirit Award, which is given annually to the player (or players) who display true team spirit, on and off the court.  While Toppin was unable to play this season, he took it upon himself to bring a positive attitude to the team every time the Flyers were on the court.  This was evident in games when fans could see him, but also on the practice court.  Not only did Toppin improve his own game in preparation for next season during practice, he made his teammates better by pushing them every day.  This is the first time the award has been presented to a non-active player. The Harry O’Rourke Insurance Agency sponsors the Rau Award, which was first presented after the long-time Flyer team physician’s death in 1972.

Dayton finished the 2017-18 season 14-17 and returns five of its top six scorers and three of its top four rebounders.




















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