Dayton Women's Basketball Wins Final Italy Tour Contest
August 12, 2018
VENICE, Italy – The University of Dayton women's basketball team played its final game of the 2018 Italy Tour and earned a hard-fought 65-64 victory over the Slammers All-Star team out of Germany.
The game went down to the wire with Dayton overcoming a nine-point deficit at one point as senior Lauren Cannatelli hit the go-ahead jumper with 21 seconds to go in the game. A strong defensive effort in the final stages earned UD the victory.
Redshirt junior Shakeela Fowler led the way with 15 points and two steals while Cannatelli chipped in 10 points and three boards. Redshirt junior Brittany Ward and senior Tiaera Phillips had team high's with eight rebounds each.
Redshirt sophomore Araion Bradshaw had four steals in the game with redshirt junior Julia Chandler contributing two steals and two blocks defensively.
- The game started with the Slammers jumping out to a 5-0 lead, but the free throw line allowed Dayton back in the contest, scoring four of its first six points at the charity stripe.
- UD tied the game up at 9-9 with 2:30 to go in the first.
- Senior Maddy Dennishit a buzzer beater to make it tied at the end of the first.
- In the second quarter, one possession saw a block by freshman Kyla Whiteheadand a steal by redshirt sophomore Araion Bradshaw, who then got a another steal the following possession.
- Junior Jenna Giaconehit a big three with 8:03 to go to put Dayton ahead 24-19.
- The Slammers then went on a run of their own and took a 37-29 lead with 3:24 in the half.
- Going into the locker room, Dayton trailed 41-35.
- The Slammers led by as much as nine at 44-35 with 8:18 left in the third quarter.
- Dayton used a 14-7 run over the course of the third however to pull back into the game.
- With four seconds left in the third, a steal by Fowler and a bucket and free throw combination by Ward gave UD the 49-48 lead heading into the final quarter.
- The Flyers started to pull away in the fourth with big shots by Scaife and Cannatelli, forcing a Slammer timeout with 3:15 to go.
- By the 1:21 mark, the Slammers had closed the gap to one before taking a 64-63 lead with :50 remaining.
- Cannatelli shot faked on a three and drove in for a jumper at the free throw line with 21 seconds left to put the Flyers ahead once and for all. Two more strong defensive possessions clinched the win for UD.
- The Flyers went undefeated on the Italy Tour.
- The Flyers return home and will take a break before the start of school. Dayton hosts Indianapolis in the lone exhibition game of the season on Nov. 1.
August 10, 2018
FLORENCE, Italy – The University of Dayton women's basketball team earned its second victory of the Italy Tour on Friday with a 49-45 win over TK Hannover outside Florence.
It was a back-and-forth game throughout the contest with Dayton holding on late for the win.
Senior Lauren Cannatelli had a game-high 17 points and hit four three-pointers to go with five rebounds. Redshirt junior Brittany Ward had a strong showing as well with seven points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
Redshirt junior Shakeela Fowler made the start at point guard and played well on both ends of the floor with seven points and two boards. Junior Jayla Scaife chipped in five points and six rebounds.
- Dayton and Hannover were close the entire game, starting with a 4-4 tie right out of the gate, but a Cannatelli three put the Flyers on top 7-4 with 7:50 in the first quarter.
- UD went on a run and pulled ahead 16-9 when a Hannover turnover led to another Cannatelli three.
- The Flyers trailed 20-19 after the first quarter as Hannover answered with a rally of its own.
- The second quarter was a defensive battle in the early stages with neither team scoring until the 7:52 mark.
- UD suffered during a 2:30 scoring drought as the Flyers found themselves trailing by two.
- With four seconds before the half, a Ward layup put Dayton back on top 31-30 going into the locker room.
- The physical battle continued with the Flyers scoring only one bucket in the first six minutes of the third.
- Senior Tiaera Phillipsmade a crucial play with an offensive rebound that led to her making a bucket to put Dayton ahead in the late stages of the third quarter.
- The fourth quarter was much of the same with Hannover fighting to get back in the game and Dayton trying to extend its slim margin.
- As the clock ticked under a minute to play in the game, the Flyers led 49-43, which proved to be too much for Hannover to overcome.
- The Flyers will finish up their Italy Tour on Sunday in Venice with a game against the Italy All-Star squad.
August 8, 2018
ROME – The University of Dayton women's basketball team defeated the Dream Team in the opening game of the 2018 Italy Tour, 53-50.
The Flyers battled back from an early deficit and rode a strong third quarter to victory over a talented team made up of professional international players.
Senior Lauren Cannatelli led the way with 11 points and five rebounds while fellow senior Ashleigh Parkinson returned to her first competitive game since Nov. 25, 2017 with a bang, scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds.
Junior Jayla Scaife also had six rebounds while freshman Kyla Whitehead made her debut with three points and six boards.
- Dream Team led early, but Dayton got its first lead of the game at the 9:01 mark in the second quarter on a Whitehead free throw, 11-10.
- UD led at the half 27-20.
- By the 6:38 mark in the third quarter, Cannatelli hit a big three to push the Flyers' advantage to 36-22.
- Dream Team answered though and narrowed the gap all the way to one possession despite trailing by 15 at one point. With 8:01 to go in the fourth, Dayton led by just three before junior Jenna Giaconehit a deep three to end the skid.
- Junior Jordan Wilmothcollected a smooth pass from Parkinson in the paint to score the final basket for the Flyers with just 34 seconds remaining.
- On the following possession, Scaife made the game-clinching steal as the Dream Team ran out of time.
- UD recorded six steals in the game.
- The Flyers return to action on Friday in Florence against TK Hannover out of Germany, a team that just beat the University of Kentucky by 20 in Italy.