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#1 Seeded UD Flyers to take on #9 Richmond in A-10 Women’s Tournament today

 

 

 

DAYTON - The University of Dayton women’s basketball team opens the 2020 Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinals Friday at 11 a.m. against No. 9 seed Richmond at UD Arena.

SCOUTING THE FLYERS
Dayton enters the tournament as the top seed and earned a first round bye. The Flyers finished the regular season with a 22-8 record overall and a 15-1 A-10 mark. UD is 11-2 at home this year and on a two-game winning streak.

Head coach Shauna Green is in her fourth season in charge of the Flyers and already has two tournament and one regular season conference titles, as well as being the former A-10 Coach of the Year in 2018.

As a team, the Flyers are scoring 64.5 points each outing and holding opposing teams to 57.5 points. Dayton is shooting 38.4 percent overall, 32.6 percent from three, and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. UD has a +3.5 rebounding margin and +1.8 turnover margin.

Dayton is led by senior Jayla Scaife with 13.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, and is coming off a week in which she averaged 21 points and 11 boards. Redshirt junior Erin Whalen is contributing 12.5 points as well while hitting 58 threes this season.

SCOUTING RICHMOND
Richmond comes to Dayton as the No. 9 seed in the tournament with a 15-16 record on the season after going 7-9 in league play this year. The Spiders are 8-8 in away games this season.

Head coach Aaron Roussell is in his first season at Richmond, but boasts over 300 wins in 16 years of coaching.

This season, Richmond is averaging 61.0 points per game and giving up 62.8 points to opponents. The Spiders are shooting 39.2 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from behind the arc, and 68.5 percent from the charity stripe. Richmond faces negative rebounding and turnover margins as well.

Leading the Spiders is Jaide Hinds-Clarke with 11.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Claire Holt is chipping in 11.0 points while Kate Klimkiewicz is adding 10.0 points each game.

LAST TIME OUT
Dayton finished the regular season with a 78-66 win on the road at Saint Louis Saturday to finish with a 15-1 conference mark. Jayla Scaife had a season-high 27 points to go with nine boards.

Richmond advanced to the A-10 Quarterfinals after upsetting No. 8 seed George Washington Tuesday on the road, 57-49. Kate Klimkiewicz powerd the Spiders with 15 points, going 6-of-9 from the field.

THE SERIES
Dayton and Richmond have met 26 times previously with the Flyers winning 16 times, including the last 13 contests. Earlier this season, the Flyers went to Richmond and earned a 65-61 victory over the Spiders. Three players scored in double digits for Dayton.

STATISTICAL RANKINGS
The Flyers rank 26th in the nation in scoring defense and 42nd in field goal percentage defense. Individually, Shakeela Fowler ranks 31st in the country in free throw percentage.

FLYERS CLINCH A-10 TITLE
With the win over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, Feb. 26, Dayton clinched the 2020 Atlantic 10 regular season title outright. The Flyers also earned the No. 1 seed in this year’s A-10 Championship.

STARTING THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT
In Coach Green’s four year tenure at UD, the Flyers are 28-2 in the month of January including perfect marks in 2016-17, 2017-18, and this season as well.

FLYERS BY 40
Dayton defeated La Salle on Jan. 4, 2020 in the A-10 opener 98-58, the first 40-point win for the Flyers since defeating La Salle on Feb. 22, 2015, 91-49, at home. Dayton scored 94+ points in two of three straight games.

CHALLENGED EARLY AND OFTEN
Dayton created one of the hardest non-conference schedules in program history, taking on three nationally ranked teams in the first seven games, and facing numerous 2019 NCAA Tournament participants. The Flyers have already played No. 6 South Carolina, No. 4 UConn, No. 21 Gonzaga, three-peat MAC Champions Central Michigan, and former NCAA participants Northeastern, Auburn, and Maine.

FLYERS IN REGULAR SEASON LEAGUE PLAY
Dayton has won 114 of its last 140 regular season Atlantic 10 games (.812), a streak that dates back to a 97-46 win over Rhode Island on Jan. 7, 2012, and includes a perfect 14-0 mark in conference play during the 2012-13 season.

WE’VE GOT AN AUDIENCE
On Dec. 5, 2019, the Flyers played in front of 10,554 fans at UD Arena while hosting Morehead State. The record-breaking crowd was due to the overwhelming success of UD’s annual School Day game, a chance for local school-aged children to take a field trip with the Flyers. It was the fourth largest crowd for a NCAA women’s game this year and biggest in program history. With a home attendance average of 3,019, Dayton ranks 45th currently out of 351 Division I programs and leads the A-10.

COACH GREEN EARNS 100th CAREER WIN
Dayton head coach Shauna Green earned her 100th career win with a 59-55 victory over George Mason on Jan. 8, 2020 at UD Arena. With a previous coaching stint at Loras College, Green has amassed over 70 wins at UD alone.

POSTSEASON EXPECTATION
The Flyers have made 12-consecutive postseason appearances between the NCAA Division I Tournament and the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. Here are the past 12 campaigns
Year    Record    Postseason
2018-19    17-14    WNIT – 1st Round
2017-18    23-6    NCAA Tournament – 1st Round *
2016-17    22-10    NCAA Tournament – 1st Round
2015-16    14-15    WNIT – 1st Round
2014-15    27-6    NCAA Tournament – Elite Eight
2013-14    23-8    NCAA Tournament – 1st Round
2012-13    28-3    NCAA Tournament – 2nd Round
2011-12    23-7    NCAA Tournament – 1st Round
2010-11    21-12    NCAA Tournament – 1st Round
2009-10    25-8    NCAA Tournament – 1st Round
2008-09    21-14    WNIT – 2nd Round
2007-08    25-9    WNIT – 1st Round

THREE POINTS OF EXCELLENCE
Dayton has hit at least one three-point shot in 599 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 2, 2001, the longest streak in the Atlantic 10 Conference and one of the top streaks in the nation. The Flyers made a program-record 15 three-point field goals against Buffalo in the Connecticut World Vision Classic on Nov. 25, 2011. Dayton tied the record with 15 vs. Wright State on Nov. 28, 2012.

PRESEASON POLL
Dayton was picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll behind conference favorites and reigning A-10 Champions VCU. The Flyers were tabbed to finish ahead of Fordham (2019 A-10 Tournament Champions) and Saint Louis.

PRESEASON HONORS
The Atlantic 10 released its preseason all-conference teams and recognized senior Jayla Scaife as First Team All-Conference and All-Defensive Team. She was the lone Flyer honored preseason.

70′S THE MAGIC NUMBER
Since the 2009-10 season, Dayton is 169-20 (.898) when scoring 70 or more points, including 11-1 in 2016-17. During the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, the Flyers only lost one game per season when scoring at least 70 points, and dropped only two games in 2009-10 when reaching that mark.
2019-20    9-2
2018-19    12-2
2017-18    15-2
2016-17    11-1
2015-16    10-2
2014-15    24-2
2013-14    19-4
2012-13    21-1
2011-12    13-1
2010-11    15-1
2009-10    19-2
TOTAL    169-20

UP NEXT
If victorious Friday, Dayton will face the winner of No. 4 Saint Louis and No. 5 UMass on Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. on CBS Sports Network.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

University of Dayton’s Neil Sullivan named 2019-20 Under Armour AD of the Year

Sullivan Will Be Recognized Tuesday, June 9 At NACDA’s 55th Annual Convention At The Mandalay Bay Resort In Las Vegas

 

CLEVELAND – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced its winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY) today. University of Dayton Vice President/Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan is a 2019-20 honoree.

The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges).

Neil Sullivan

The ADOY Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses, and their surrounding communities.

Sullivan will be recognized Tuesday, June 9 prior to the featured session at 4 p.m. during NACDA’s 55th Annual Convention at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

“The future of our industry continues to look bright with athletics leaders like these at the helm of departments across the country,” said Bob Vecchione, NACDA Chief Executive Officer. ”Out of our 28 ADOY winners, 22 are receiving this honor for the first time in their careers. It is exciting and inspiring to see the new faces coming up through the ranks and earning well-deserved recognition for their efforts on their campuses.”

Sullivan was named the University of Dayton’s vice president/director of athletics Sept. 25, 2015 when he was 34 years old.

As the University’s top athletics administrator, he’s made major impacts, including orchestrating the $75 million UD Arena renovation, the Klesse Soccer Complex, the Olsen Athletics Performance Center, the Kacie Hausfeld Volleyball Court, and Hidalgo Team Lounge.

He is the sports program administrator for UD men’s basketball, currently ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25. This year, Dayton and Gonzaga are the only two schools whose men’s and women’s basketball programs have clinched regular season championships in their respective conferences (Atlantic 10 and West Coast).

While setting milestones in several sports, the University’s student-athletes have also performed well in the classroom. Dayton student-athletes’ combined cumulative grade point average has risen to a school-record of 3.368.

Sullivan has also worked closely with NCAA and Atlantic 10 officials. Sullivan managed the University’s bid for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, which secured the First Four for the University of Dayton Arena through 2022. He has also managed the media rights for all sports related to the A-10 conference.

In 2015, Sullivan was named to the Dayton Business Journal’s Forty Under 40. In 2017, Sullivan was named to the Regional Advisory Committee for NCAA FCS Football’s Central Region.

Under Armour is now in its 12th year of sponsoring the award and over 276 different athletics directors have been honored with the award during that time.

“The Athletics Director of the Year Award acknowledges the leadership and positive influence top athletics directors have had at their respective institutions across all levels,” said Brian Cummings, Under Armour’s vice president of North America sports marketing. “Under Armour is proud to partner with NACDA to honor those individuals who set the standard in guiding their student-athletes through the on-going journey to be better.”

Nominators were NACDA-member directors of athletics, institutional presidents and conference commissioners, as well as other respected intercollegiate athletics administrators. Special Divisional Selection Committees composed of current and former directors of athletics, current and former commissioners and other key athletics administrators voted on nominees for the award. A complete listing of Selection Committee members can be found on NACDA’s website at www.nacda.com.

Winners of the 2019-20 Under Armour AD of the Year Awards are:

Winner Institution
Football Bowl Subdivision
Bubba Cunningham University of North Carolina
Doug Gillin Appalachian State University
Rick Hart Southern Methodist University
Mack Rhoades Baylor University
Football Championship Subdivision
Mark Jackson Villanova University
Robert Scalise Harvard University
Neil Sullivan University of Dayton
Lynn Thompson Bethune-Cookman University
Division I-AAA
Amanda Braun University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Philip Hutcheson Lipscomb University
Bill Scholl Marquette University
Steve Watson Loyola University Chicago
Division II
Jim Johnson Pittsburg State University
Laura Liesman Georgian Court University
Tim McMurray Texas A&M University-Commerce
Lindsay Reeves University of North Georgia
Division III
Dana Harmon Worcester Polytechnic Institute
James Miller North Central College
Craig Poisson Springfield College
Laurie Turner Pacific Lutheran University
NAIA
Brett Simpson Loyola University New Orleans
Thomas Smith Missouri Baptist University
Debbie Warren Indiana Tech
Drew Watson Southeastern University
Junior/Community College
Joe Jennum Mt. San Antonio College
Jake Ripple Dodge City Community College
Doug Spiwak Harper College
Troy Tucker Northampton Community College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS & National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics

UD Women’s Basketball Team getting respect around country in recent Coaches Poll

The Flyers Are Coming Off An A-10 Regular Season Title

 

LILBURN, Ga. – The USA Today Division I Coaches Poll was released Tuesday with the University of Dayton women’s team receiving votes for the first time this season.

The Flyers are 22-8 this season and clinched the No. 1 seed in the 2020 Atlantic 10 Championship tournament this weekend at UD Arena. Dayton went 15-1 in A-10 play and rode a 15-game winning streak dating from Dec. 21 to Feb. 22.

This is the first time UD has been featured in the poll this season.

“We put together our most difficult non-conference schedule to date in order to prepare us for a tough conference schedule,” said head coach Shauna Green. “We had some bumps in the road early on but that happens when you are playing some of the best teams in the country. I am proud of how our team just continued to learn from each game and used it to improve the next day. We stayed focused on the process and 15-1 in the regular season was a bi-product of that process driven mindset.”

Four of Dayton’s losses came to other ranked teams or teams receiving votes in No. 1 South Carolina, No. 4 UConn, No. 11 Gonzaga and Central Michigan, who is also receiving votes.

The Flyers open up the A-10 quarterfinals Friday at 11 a.m. against the winner of No. 8 seed George Washington and No. 9 seed Richmond.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Flyers Women’s Basketball Team ends A-10 Regular Season with 15-1 record after defeating St. Louis

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The Flyers Defeated Saint Louis 78-66 Saturday

 

ST. LOUIS, MO. – The University of Dayton women’s basketball team defeated Saint Louis on the road Saturday, 78-66, earning its 15th Atlantic 10 victory of the season.
The Dayton Flyers (22-8, 15-1 A-10) tie a program record for A-10 wins while the Billikens (17-12, 9-7 A-10) host the A-10 First Round on Tuesday.

KEY MOMENT
4th quarter 6:16 –  Dayton hit its free throws down the stretch after it was a one-point game with 6:16 to play and earned the 12-point win.

GAME BREAKDOWN
1st Quarter: Dayton 15, Saint Louis 15

  • Dayton struck first with a putback by senior Jordan Wilmoth, but she picked up two quick fouls and had to leave the game in the first 1:30.
  • Saint Louis went on a run though and pulled ahead 11-6 by the media break.
  • The Flyers with a five-point run and two-plus minute Billiken drought to tie the game up at 11-11 with just over two minutes to play.
  • Redshirt senior Shakeela Fowler hit a runner with just a few seconds left in the quarter to tie the game up at 15-15.
  • The Flyers scored 10 of their 15 points in the paint while the Billikens had nine of theirs from three.

2nd Quarter: Dayton 25, Saint Louis 21

  • Dayton took a 19-16 lead off a Jenna Giacone three, forcing a SLU timeout with 7:41 on the clock.
  • Saint Louis didn’t get its first basket until the 2:26 mark.
  • The Flyers went cold as well, not scoring for over four minutes of action.
  • UD led by four at 22-18 before a foul on a three and a technical allowed five free throws to SLU.
  • Freshman Mariah Perez went up on got a contested bucket to end the half and put Dayton up 25-21.
  • Giacone led UD in the first half with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting while senior Jayla Scaife added four points and four boards.
  • The Flyers had 14-0 points in the paint advantage and 14-0 bench points advantage.

3rd Quarter: Dayton 46, Saint Louis 41

  • The Flyers and Billikens traded buckets in the early stages of the second half.
  • Scaife hit a trio of threes to start for UD, forcing a SLU timeout with 6:40 to go. She became the first Flyer in double digits with 13 points at that time.
  • The first four made field goals in the third came from behind the arc and 11 of the team’s 14 came from Scaife.
  • At the media break, Dayton led SLU 39-28.
  • The Billikens managed to pull within seven at 44-37 with 1:22 to play.
  • Fowler scored seven straight points for Dayton down the stretch.
  • Free throws allowed the Billikens to pull within five at the end.

4th Quarter: Dayton 78, Saint Louis 66

  • The Flyers tried to pull away further, but the Billikens weren’t going away.
  • Bradshaw got a bucket and the free throw to put the Flyers up 54-44 with 7:52 to play.
  • SLU hit a three to make it a four-point game with 6:48 on the clock. They followed that up with another three to cut it to one at 56-55.
  • Dayton answered with six quick points to lead 62-55 and five minutes to play.
  • Saint Louis had their second post player foul out of the game as well at the 4:05 mark.
  • The Flyers managed to get the lead back to nine at 69-60 with under two to go.
  • Dayton hit its free throws down the stretch and clinched the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

41% – Dayton shot 41 percent in the game and went 22-of-30 from the free throw line.
27 – Jayla Scaife scored a season-high 27 points and hit four threes. She also recorded nine rebounds.
9 and 10 – Kyle Whitehead totaled nine points and 10 rebounds.
Pair of 13s – Araion Bradshaw and Shakeela Fowler both chipped in 13 points as well.
32 – The Flyers scored 32 points in the rollercoaster fourth quarter.
21 to 5 – Dayton had 21-5 points off turnover advantage.

KEY STAT
15 – Dayton ties the program record with 15-conference wins in a season, which it accomplished two seasons ago.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Dayton Women’s Basketball team earns outright A-10 Regular Season title

 

A 22-0 Run In The First Half Helped Propel Dayton To Victory

DAYTON – The University of Dayton women’s basketball team defeated St. Bonaventure 78-51, bouncing back at UD Arena following its first conference loss.

Dayton (21-8, 14-1 A-10) finished undefeated at home in conference play while St. Bonaventure (7-21, 4-11 A-10) lost its fourth straight game.

KEY MOMENT
1st quarter – Kyla Whitehead made back-to-back layups to help spark a 22-0 Dayton run, giving the Flyers a 28-6 lead. Dayton led by at least 13 points for the rest of the game.

GAME BREAKDOWN
1st Quarter: Dayton 17, St. Bonaventure 6

  • The Flyers opened the game on a 6-0 run over 2:06 with baskets by Erin WhalenJordan Wilmoth, and Kyla Whitehead.
  • The Bonnies responded with a 6-0 run of their own to tie the game at six.
  • Dayton then went on an 11-0 run over 4:50 to regain the lead at 17-6.
  • St. Bonaventure was held without a point for the final 5:07 of the quarter.
  • Whitehead led the scoring for the Flyers with six points in the quarter.
  • The Bonnies were held to just 3-of-12 shooting (25.0 percent) from the floor.
  • Dayton scored all eight of its baskets in the paint, which accounted for 16 of its 17 points.

2nd Quarter: Dayton 37, St. Bonaventure 22

  • Dayton scored the first 11 points of the quarter in just 2:43, extending its run to 22-0.
  • St. Bonaventure outscored the Flyers 12-5 in just 1:28 to cut the lead to 33-18.
  • The Flyers outscored the Bonnies 20-16 in the quarter.
  • Jayla Scaife scored all 11 of her first half points in the quarter.
  • Scaife also led the Flyers with nine rebounds.
  • The Flyers outscored the Bonnies in the paint 37-22 in the half.
  • Dayton outrebounded St. Bonaventure 27-17 in the half.
  • Dayton assisted on 13 of their 16 made baskets in the half.

3rd Quarter: Dayton 55, St. Bonaventure 34

  • After a first half filled with runs, both teams traded baskets for most of the quarter.
  • The Flyers took their biggest lead of the quarter when Emma Skeens made a jumper to give the Flyers a 21-point lead at the 1:13 mark.
  • Dayton finished the quarter on a 6-0 run over 3:22.
  • Eight different Flyers scored in the quarter.
  • Dayton shot 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from the floor in the quarter.

4th Quarter: Dayton 78, St. Bonaventure 51

  • Dayton took its biggest lead of the game on a 15-2 run over 4:04 to take a 72-41 lead.
  • Four-year walk-on Christine Szabo made a three-point basket and scored four points in her final home game.
  • Shakeela Fowler scored nine points in the quarter and 13 for the game.
  • The Flyers dished out seven of their 22 assists in the quarter.
  • Dayton shot 16-of-29 (55.2 percent) from the field in the second half.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
42 – Dayton scored 42 of its 78 points in the paint.
11 – 11 of the 12 Flyers that saw the floor scored in the game.
49 – The Flyers outrebounded the Bonnies, 49-25.
22 – Dayton assisted on 22 of its 32 field goals in the game.
0 – Dayton did not trail in the game.

KEY STAT
36 – The Flyers had 36 bench points compared to just three for the Bonnies.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS