The No. 17/16 University of Dayton women’s basketball team rolled to an 80-52 victory in front of 6,723 fans on its annual Math Day Thursday morning at UD Arena. Dayton continues their best start in program history by improving to 16-1 on the season, including 4-0 in Atlantic 10 action.
Dayton (15-1, 3-0 A-10) started the Atlantic 10 season 3-0 for the first time in program history. Not only did the Flyers accomplish the feat for the first time, they did so in convincing fashion with a +39 scoring margin of victory in conference games.
Senior Sam MacKay led the Flyers with 16 points, five assists and five steals. The UD point guard, who leads the A-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio, had just one turnover. Sophomores Andrea Hoover and Ally Malott also reached double figure scoring with 11 points each. Freshman Kelley Austria tied her career-high with a game-high six assists. Freshman Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova had three blocked shots.
No. 22/17 University of Dayton defeated Butler 82-39 in their Atlantic 10 opener Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Flyers improve to 13-1 overall, while the Bulldogs drop to 9-7 overall. It was the first A-10 women’s basketball game for BU who joined the league last summer.
The end of the 2011-12 season brought on both highs and lows for the Dayton women’s basketball team. The Flyers captured their first Atlantic 10 Championship in their program’s history, guaranteed a fifth consecutive postseason appearance and punched a one way ticket to a third trip to the NCAA tournament. However the end of season also brought the culmination of the basketball careers for seven seniors, four of which were starters.
For the eighth consecutive week the University of Dayton women’s basketball team is ranked in both the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Six Flyers scored in double figures in the University of Dayton’s 91-53 win over Siena (3-6) Saturday at the Alumni Recreation Center. With the victory Dayton improves to 12-0, tying its best start in program history (UD also started the 1983-84 season 12-0).
No. 16/15 Dayton (11-0) is 1 of 7 teams in NCAA D-I Women’s Basketball this is still unbeaten this season: Colorado, Connecticut, Dayton, Duke, Georgia, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Stanford.
Four Flyers scored in double figures including junior Cassie Sant and sophomore Andrea Hoover who put up a game-high 18 points. Senior Olivia Applewhite added 15 points, while senior Sam MacKay registered her first career double-double of 13 points and a career-high 10 assists. She also had seven rebounds.
The University of Dayton women’s basketball team moved up one spot to No. 16 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll. The Flyers received 395 votes in the media poll. The Flyers (10-0) are coming off finals week and have not played since their 60-53 defeat of previously unbeaten Michigan State on Dec. 8 at UD Arena.