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VCU Advances to Second Round of WNIT; Dayton Falls to Northwestern

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VCU 65, CHARLOTTE 52

RICHMOND, Va. – Much like it had all season, VCU used a stifling defense to control matters Thursday, allowing just 22 points in the first half before beating Charlotte in Round 1 of the 2019 Postseason WNIT.

VCU (24-9), which for the first time claimed a share of the Atlantic 10 regular season title, allowed teams to score just 51.1 points per game this year. Against the 49ers, Tera Reed had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Danielle Hammond added 14 points.

Charlotte scored the first seven points of the third quarter to get within 34-29, and a 3-pointer from Mariah Linney made it 53-48 with 6:24 left in the fourth quarter. But VCU dug in and allowed just nine points in the final quarter.

Charlotte (18-13) had a 21-8 lead in the all-time series before Thursday. Jade Phillips and Linney each had 13 points.

With the win, VCU will advance to the second round of the WNIT and face Virginia Tech. 


NORTHWESTERN 74, DAYTON 51

EVANSTON, Ill.  –The University of Dayton women's basketball team fell in the first round of the WNIT, 74-51 at Northwestern Thursday night.
 
The Flyers (17-14) finish up their postseason run while the Wildcats (17-14) move on to face Toledo in the next round.
 
KEY MOMENT
1st quarter – Dayton went scoreless over the final 6:12 of the quarter while Northwestern rode an 8-0 run to push the margin to double digits.
 
GAME BREAKDOWN
1ST Quarter: Dayton 6, Northwestern 17

  • The host Wildcats were the first to strike and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but a three by junior Jayla Scaifeput the Flyers on top.
  • Dayton then went on a two minute scoring drought as Northwestern pulled ahead 9-3.
  • Another Scaife three ended the skid and pulled UD within a possession.
  • Midway through the quarter, Dayton trailed 13-6.
  • Dayton was forced to call a timeout with 3:39 to play to try and stop an 8-0 Northwestern run as the hosts led by 11.  
  • The Flyers did not score for the final 6:12.
  • UD went 2-of-17 while NU went 7-of-18.

2nd Quarter: Dayton 17, Northwestern 39

  • Dayton's first nine points in the game came from a Scaife three as she hit another to start the second.
  • Both teams struggled over the next few minutes, entering the media timeout with a 19-9 deficit.
  • Northwestern woke up for another run over a 1:10 stretch to extend its lead to 30-10 with just over three minutes to play.
  • UD was forced to call a timeout with 2:27 on the clock as NU led by 22.
  • The first Flyer to score besides Scaife came with a minute left in the second quarter on a runner by redshirt junior Shakeela Fowler.
  • The quarter ended with the Wildcats holding a 22-point lead.
  • Scaife had a team-high 15 points while hiiting four three's.
  • UD shot 19 percent while NU shot 46 percent.

 
3rd Quarter: Dayton 34, Northwestern 59

  • Senior Lauren Cannatelli hit a three out of the locker room to get things going for Dayton in the second half.
  • Dayton hung with Northwestern for the most part, trading buckets back and forth in the first half of the third quarter.
  • At the media break, UD trailed NU 50-25.
  • The Flyers put together a run of five straight points to try and fight their way back into the game.
  • Six different Flyers scored in the quarter.

4th Quarter: Dayton 51, Northwestern 74

  • The Flyers outscored the Wildcats 8-6 in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter.
  • Despite the margin in the game, Dayton showed real fight on both ends of the floor, continuing to pressure Northwestern.
  • Midway through the quarter, it was a 22-point game at 66-44. The Flyers outscored the Wildcats 10-7 in the fourth up to that point.
  • Northwestern suffered from its own drought, going 0-for-7 over a 2:21 skid.
  • Scaife reached the 20+ point mark in the fourth.

 
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
27.4 % – Dayton shot 27.4 percent in the game while Northwestern shot 41.4 percent.
42% - The Flyers did shot 42 percent from three in the contest.
24 – Jayla Scaife had a team-high 24 poitns and hit a season-high five three pointers in the game.
9-3 – Shakeela Fowler added nine points and three assists off the bench.
19 – The 19 percent shooting by the Flyers in the first half was the worst first half shooting performance of the season.
7 – Jayla Scaife recorded her seventh 20+ point game of the season.
47 to 39 – The Flyers were outrebounded in the game 47 to 39.
 
KEY STAT
40-16 – Dayton was outscored 40 to 16 on points in the paint.

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