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Release: 02/26/2014
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Dayton 67, Saint Louis 58
DAYTON, Ohio –
No. 21 University of Dayton women's basketball (21-5, 14-1 A-10) defeated Saint Louis (11-17, 6-9 A-10) 67-58 Wednesday morning in its annual "Math Day" game in which more than 7,000 fans filled UD Arena. It was Dayton's final home regular season game. The Flyers are  24-0 at UD Arena in the last two seasons and their home court win streak is up to 26 consecutive victories, which is the third-longest streak in the nation.

Junior Andrea Hoover led the Flyers with a game-high 19 points, to go along with her eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. Junior Ally Malott added 16 points. Freshman Celeste Edwards also scored in double figures, posting 14 points. In addition, Edwards had six rebounds and four assists.
The Flyers faced their biggest halftime deficit this season when the Billikens led 36-25 after the first 20 minutes. SLU led by as many as 13 points early in the second half, but then the Flyer defense stepped up.

Dayton held Saint Louis without a three-point field goal (0-for-10) and outscored the Billikens 42-22 in the second half.

A three-pointer by Edwards gave UD its first lead of the game at 9:02 (51-48). In fact, Edwards scored 10 points in less than three minutes to help give UD its first lead.

Hoover, who scored a career-high 29 points against Saint Louis earlier this season, scored 12 of her 19 points in the second half, including a fastbreak layup with 45 seconds left in regulation to give Dayton its largest lead of the game.

The Flyers outrebounded SLU 37-36 and dominated on fastbreak points, 23-9.

Fordham 71, George Mason 52
-- Erin Rooney scored a game-high 24 points and dished out nine assists to lead Fordham to a 71-52 victory over George Mason.
With the win in their home finale, the Rams (21-7, 10-5 A-10) improved to 14-1 inside the friendly confines of the Rose Hill Gym this season.
Emily Tapio continued her stellar play for the Rams, scoring 16 points and grabbing six boards in the win.  Coming into Wednesday's contest, Tapio had registered three consecutive double-doubles, including a career-high 19 points against Duquesne.
Samantha Clark pulled down a season-high ten rebounds and added nine points, while Abigail Corning finished with eight points and four assists. 
Freshman Hannah Missry, who ranks second on the Fordham single season record list for made three-pointers, connected on two shots from beyond the arc, scoring seven points.
With eight three-pointers as a team, the Rams increased their season total to 210, making them the highest scoring team from downtown in Fordham history.
The Rams shared the ball particularly well against George Mason, recording 19 points while surrendering only 10 turnovers.
George Mason (7-21, 1-14 A-10) got on the board first, but it was all Fordham after that.  Rooney scored four points on a 9-0 Fordham run, putting the Rams ahead by seven with just three and a half minutes gone in the game. 
After the Patriots ended the run with a layup, the Rams outscored their opponents 14-4 over the next nine minutes, as Missry pushed the team's advantage to 15, 23-8, on a triple with seven and a half minutes to go in the first half.
Mason would cut the Fordham lead to as little as nine with just over three minutes to play, but the Rams closed the half on an absolute tear.  Led by four points from Clark, Coach Gaitley's squad outscored the Patriots 11-0 to close the period, giving the Rams a 38-18 lead heading into the locker room.
Rooney led the Rams with 13 points and four assists in the opening half, while Tapio added eight and Corning chipped in six.
The Patriots came out ready to start the second half, outscoring Fordham 9-4 in the opening minutes and forcing a timeout just over three minutes into the period.
The Rams, however, quickly built their advantage back to where it was at the break, as a Clark three-pointer pushed Fordham ahead by 21, 49-28, with a little over 15 minutes to play.
George Mason trimmed the Fordham lead down to as little as 12 over the next several minutes, but that's as close as the Rams would allow the Patriots to come.  Fordham scored eight in a row, building its lead back to 20 with two and a half minutes to play and sealing the victory.

Richmond 73, VCU 60
– Five Spiders in double-figures, including redshirt-junior Genevieve Okoro’s 20th double-double of the season led the Richmond Spiders over the VCU Rams, 73-60, Wednesday night at the Robins Center for its final home contest of the season.

Okoro led the five starters with 17 points, 16 rebounds and two steals, while sophomore Lauren Tolson and senior Kristina King both tallied 13 points and nine boards. Junior Keri Soppe recorded a game-high nine assists – good for a career high, while freshman Janelle Hubbard recorded her 11-straight game with double figures as she also scored 10 points.

Richmond (13-15, 7-8 A-10) held VCU (21-8, 9-7 A-10) to just 32.9 percent from the floor, while shooting 46.6 percent. The Spiders made 27 field goals to go along with their 21 assists, a season high and outscored the Rams 32-24 in the paint. Richmond also held the rebounding advantage, 42-39, for 11 second-change points.

The Spiders were hot from the start, shooting 53 percent in the first 20 minutes, while holding the Rams to 33 percent. Richmond went 6-of-8 from the charity strip in the first half, while VCU made no trips to the line in entire first half as Richmond took the 36-24 lead in to the second half.

Up 53-37 with 10 minutes to go, the Spiders capitalized on a 7-0 run over a two-minute span to eventually secure the victory over the Rams as they met for the second time this season.

St. Bonaventure 74, George Washington 64
 St. Bonaventure claimed a crucial victory on Wednesday night, defeating George Washington, 74-64 in a battle for second place in the A-10. The Bonnies improve to 11-4 in the A-10 and GW falls to 10-5, each with one regular season game remaining. Nyla Rueter scored a game-high 22 points, including 10-10 from the free throw line. Katie Healy finished with 18 points and Chelsea Bowker added 15 for the Brown and White.

With just one more game remaining on St. Bonaventure and George Washington's schedules after tonight and both teams entering the contest tied for second place, to say tonight's game was a critical one in the A-10 standings is a vast understatement. The win tonight secures a first round bye for the Bonnies in the Atlantic 10 tournament next week.

St. Bonaventure led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but carried a six-point lead into halftime, led by Nyla Rueter who led all players with 11 points, followed by Katie Healy with 10 points. Rueter scored 11 of the first 23 points for SBU. Both teams shot below 40% in the first half as the Bonnies shot 9-23 (39.1%) from the field while GW was 10-29 (34.5%). SBU also drained 4-8 from long range which was a key in the first half. The final time the Colonials would hold the lead for the duration of the game was at the 13:38 mark of the first half.

The Brown and White quickly extended its lead to 11 points just over a minute into the second stanza, but the Colonials cut the lead to six points a minute later. The Bonnies built their lead back up to 11 points and kept George Washington at a distance, as they cut back into SBU's lead and trailed by four points with 12:41 remaining. That is however the closest GW would get, as a Chelsea Bowker three followed by an Imani Outlaw steal and put back put Bona back up by nine points before the under 12 media timeout. The Brown and White extended its lead to 11 points nine more times in the final 10 minutes. Rueter finished with a game-high of 22 points, including 10-10 from the FT line (9-9 in the second half).

La Salle 68, Duquesne 63
La Salle used a 16-3 run with under seven minutes remaining to pull out a come-from-behind win at Duquesne, winning 68-63 to spoil the Dukes' Senior Night. Leeza Burdgess hit a bucket inside with 2:26 remaining, and the squad never relinquished that lead thanks to a 5-for-6 showing at the free throw line in the final minute.

Rookies Micahya Owens and Jasmine Alston led the offensive attack, with both matching their career highs. Owens drained a game-high-tying 23 points and Alston poured in 16, with 11 of those in the second half. Alston went 7-for-9 from the field and dished out four assists. The duo tied for team-high rebounding honors with eight boards apiece.

Alicia Cropper added 13 points and a game-high six assists, including the helper on Burdgess' winning basket, and Burdgess chipped in 12 points total. The win snapped a three-game skid for the Explorers (13-14, 8-7 Atlantic 10), who moved back above .500 in conference play.

Duquesne's Wumi Agunbiade led the home squad with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Raegan Moore added 15 and Olivia Bresnahan chipped in 10 off the bench. After winning eight of their first nine A-10 games, the Dukes (17-11, 9-6 Atlantic 10) dropped their fifth in the last six.

The Explorers found their shooting touch at the Palumbo Center, going 50.9 percent from the field overall including a 55.2 percent outing in the decisive second half. Free throws helped the squad tonight as the Explorers went 11-for-15 at the charity stripe. They held Duquesne to 34.7 percent for the game, which included a 28.2 percent effort in the first half. They also held the Dukes without a three-pointer until the final minute of play, as the Dukes finished 1-for-11 from long range.

With the Dukes holding an eight-point 55-47 lead with 7:02 left, Alston hit back-to-back baskets to draw within 55-51. A La Salle turnover turned into a Belma Nurkic layup and she drained the and-one to put the Dukes back up seven to prompt Head Coach Jeff Williams to call for a timeout.

The well-placed timeout yielded a 12-0 Explorer run to put the Blue & Gold on top 63-58 with 38 seconds left in the game.

Moore responded with the Dukes' only three-pointer just eight seconds later to cut the La Salle lead to two at 63-61. The Dukes were forced to foul Owens on the inbounds, and she sank both ends of the one-and-one to go back up four with 27 seconds remaining.

Bresnahan drove the paint with 22 seconds left to once again get back within two. Cropper was fouled this time on the inbounds and also sank both ends of the one-and-one with 20 seconds left.

Bresnahan picked up an offensive rebound on a missed Moore layup and then missed her own attempted shot, which Owens snagged. One more foul attempt sent Owens back to the line, who made the first of her two free throws for the final 68-63 score. An April Robinson jumper at the buzzer was off the mark.

The game started slow, with the Dukes getting out to a 12-3 lead at 13:54. The Explorers kept the Dukes within single digits for the entire first half, and an Owens jumper before the half cut the Dukes lead to just two (29-27) heading into halftime.

Duquesne opened the second half on a 16-5 run to take its largest lead of the game at 45-34 with 13:45 remaining before the Duke shots went cold once again.

The Explorers edged the Dukes on the boards, 40-38, though the Dukes dominated the offensive glass, 17-8. The Explorers also committed 14 turnovers, nine of which came in a sloppy first half. Duquesne committed just five miscues in the game.

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