Dayton 87, Duquesne 77
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The University of Dayton women's basketball team shot 54 percent from the field in its 87-77 win over Duquesne Saturday. Five Flyers scored in double figures, paced by junior Andrea Hoover's 23 points. UD improves to 15-5 overall and 8-1 in the Atlantic 10, remaining atop the conference standings. The Dukes drop to 16-8 overall and 8-3 in A-10 action.
Freshman Celeste Edwards followed up her career game vs. VCU (18 points), with 17 points, six rebounds, and a game-high 6 assists. Senior Cassie Sant contributed 13 points, sophomore Amber Deane tacked on 11 points, and junior Ally Malott rounded out the Flyers in double figures with 10 points. Freshman Andrijana Cvitkovic added eight points and a career-high three blocked shots.
UD dominated on points in the paint, 34-14. The Flyers also had 21 fast break points to the Dukes' 10.
The Flyers held a 45-37 lead at the half.
Fordham 67, George Washington 58
BRONX, NY -- Abigail Corning paced the Rams with 20 points and seven rebounds, helping Fordham outlast George Washington, 67-58, on Saturday afternoon in the Rose Hill Gym.
With the win, the Rams move to 19-5 (8-3 in the A-10) and bump their home record to 12-1 on the year.
Corning was one of four Rams to finish the game in double figures. Hannah Missry posted 12 points, while Erin Rooney and Emily Tapio each added 11. Rooney also dished out a game-high seven assists.
Graduate student Danni Jackson led the Colonials with 16 points and four assists and freshman Caira Washingtonfinished a rebound shy of her eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and nine boards, making 7-of-10 attempts from the floor. Sophomore Jonquel Jones added eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Rams played incredibly unselfish basketball in the win, assisting on 21 of their 22 field goals for the game. They also connected on 45.8 percent of their field goals, 40 percent of their three pointers and 83 percent of their tries from the charity stripe.
Fordham got on the board first in the early going, as Missry connected on a three and Tapio banked in a layup to put the Rams ahead 5-0 a few minutes into the action. The Colonials quickly closed the gap, uncorking a 14-2 run to move ahead 14-7 at the 13:44 mark of the half.
Down seven, the Rams responded with five unanswered to pull within two, but GW (16-8, 7-4 A-10) answered every Fordham bucket with one of their own, holding on to a 20-19 lead at the under eight minute media timeout.
Missry finally knotted the game at 26 on a deep three with 2:42 to go and the Rams grabbed their first lead in nearly 15 minutes when Corning connected from downtown a minute later. A few possessions later, Clark nailed a 15 footer from the baseline to cap the Fordham run at 8-0, giving the Rams a 31-26 lead. The Rams maintained that lead at the intermission.
Corning led Fordham with 13 points and five rebounds in the first half, while Missry and Mary Nwachukwu each added six.
The Rams started the second stanza with a bang, as Corning and Missry connected from downtown on an 8-2 run, giving the Rams an 11 point lead, 39-28, just 1:16 into the half.
GW threatened a few minutes later, as Danni Jackson cut the Fordham lead to five with a three-pointer, but the Rams moved the lead back to nine when Rooney found Tapio inside for an easy bucket with 12:52 to go.
The Rams would build their lead as high as 13 before the Colonials made another push, narrowing the deficit to eight on a pair of Jackson free throws with 6:40 left in the half. But Clark put to bed any hopes of a comeback at that time, draining a three from the corner to put the Rams back up by 11.
With a minute to go, the Colonials made one last attempt when Jones converted on a three-pointer to cut the lead to five, 61-56. But the Rams continued their stellar free throw shooting over the closing minute, outlasting GW and earning the victory.
St. Bonaventure 88, UMass 66
AMHERST, Mass. – The Bonnies led wire-to-wire for the second consecutive game and cruised to an 88-66 victory over UMass on Saturday. Nyla Rueter registered a career-high with 27 points and Hannah Little posted her second double-double in as many games with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
St. Bonaventure was led by a balanced attack in its victory over UMass, as four players registered 15 points or more. Nyla Rueter (27 points), Hannah Little (20 points), Chelsea Bowker (18 points) and Katie Healy (15 points) accounted for 80 of the Bonnies 88 total points. SBU took a 44-35 lead into halftime, as it shot 16-28 (57.1%) from the field in the first half and 6-7 from the free throw line while UMass was 11-26 (42.3%) and 11-13 from the line. The Bonnies knocked down six triples in the first half and opened the game on an 8-2 run powered by back-to-back three's from Bowker and quickly extended that lead to 13-5 four and half minutes into the contest. With just over eight minutes to go in the first half, St. Bonaventure led by as many as 12 points, its largest lead of the stanza. The Brown and White would go on to take a nine-point lead into the break. Chelsea Bowker led all players in scoring at the break, as she was 5-7 from three point land and Hannah Little scored 11 points and brought down nine boards.
In the second half, Nyla Rueter tallied 16 more points to her first half total of 11, as the Bonnies extended their lead over double digits once again. By the midway point of the second half, the Brown and White led by 20 points or more for the remainder of the contest, building up as many as a 29-point lead with four minutes remaining and would eventually cruise to the 22-point victory.
Saint Louis 65, George Mason 62
FAIRFAX, Va. – Denisha Womack scored a career- and game-high 20 points, and Saint Louis shot a blistering 61.5 percent in the second half en route to a 65-62 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over George Mason Saturday afternoon at the Patriot Center.
Erin Nelson tallied 16 points and Desirae Ball added 15 for the Billikens (9-14, 4-6), who became the first team in Saint Louis women’s basketball history to register three consecutive conference road victories. SLU won at Rhode Island and Saint Joseph’s in its last two road outings.
The second-half shooting effort gave the Billikens a season-best 50-percent mark (27-of-54) for the game. Included was a 6-of-13 showing (46.2 percent) from beyond the arc. In addition, SLU committed a season-low eight turnovers while notching 17 assists.
Sadie Stipanovich led Saint Louis with seven rebounds, followed by Womack with six. Womack also recorded a career-high-tying and game-high-tying six assists, while Jamesia Price added five assists.
George Mason (6-18, 0-11), in its first season as a member of the Atlantic 10, got 15 points from Taylor Brown, 13 from Talisha Watts and 11 from Janaa Pickard. Pickard had game highs of 11 rebounds and four blocks, Watts had nine boards, and Brown added six rebounds and six assists.
Trailing by three at halftime, the Patriots scored on their first three second-half possessions to forge a 30-30 tie. The Billikens got two Nelson free throws and layups from Womack and Ball to take a 36-32 edge, only to see George Mason pull even again at 36.
Nelson buried a 3-pointer that put SLU in front for good and began a torrid stretch that saw the Billikens score on 13 of 15 possessions. Six different players scored during the flurry, including four who had at least five points. Olivia Jakubicek’s 3-pointer punctuated the run and put the Bills in front 65-55 with 3:10 to play.
However, George Mason – which used six 3-pointers in the second half to stay within striking distance – mounted a late rally. A trey by Britanny Jackson, a layup by Watts and two Kyana Jacobs free throws made it a one-possession game with 18 seconds remaining.
The Billikens missed the front end of a 1-and-1, but a Mason 3-point attempt to tie was off the mark.
George Mason led 11-5 before Saint Louis found its offensive stride, scoring on six of nine possessions in a 14-6 run that put the Billikens in front.
Nelson began the surge with a layup, and Womack followed with two free throws. Ball connected on a 3-pointer and a layup on consecutive possessions, trimming the Mason lead to 15-14.
Nelson answered a Patriot basket with another layup, and the first of two Womack first-half treys gave the Billikens a 19-17 advantage.
After Mason tied it, Halee Castleman drove the lane for a layup that gave Saint Louis the first-half lead for good. Stipanovich made a layup, and Womack’s layup and 3-pointer gave the Bills their largest first-half lead, 28-21. SLU led 28-25 at the break.
VCU 63, Richmond 62
RICHMOND, VA -- VCU's Robyn Parks scored 19 points and Richmond's final basket was waived off after officials determined it was released after the clock had expired, as the Rams held on for a 63-62 win over crosstown rival Richmond before a season-high crowd of 1,602.
On the final play, Richmond's Genevieve Okoro gathered an offensive rebound off teammate Lauren Tolson's miss on the left block. Okoro laid the ball into the basket, but it was immediately waived off by officials. The officiating crew confirmed the call after reviewing video replay.
VCU freshman Isis Thorpe hit a go-ahead jumper from the right wing with 4:42 left that gave the Rams a 58-56 advantage and finished with 11 points. Sophomore Jessica Pellechio added 10 points for VCU.
Richmond's Kristina King led all players with 21 points, and the Spiders' Janelle Hubbard added 19.
Saturday's game was VCU's annual Pink Out game, presented by Massey Cancer Center, which seeks to raise breast cancer awareness.
La Salle 50, Rhode Island 42
La Salle's Micahya Owens led all scorers with 18 points. Alicia Cropper added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the as the Explorers topped Rhode Island 50-42 in Atlantic 10 action on Saturday evening.
La Salle held the Rams to just 20.3 percent (13-of-64) from the floor. Rhody's cold touch allowed La Salle (12-11, 7-4 A-10) to open the game on a 19-5 run. During that stretch, the Rams went more than eight minutes without a point.
Redshirt freshman Kallie Banker led the Rams with 12 points, her fourth straight game in double digits. All 12 of her points came in the second half.
Despite only making 30.9 percent of its own shots, La Salle never trailed in the game. Rhode Island was able to close within four points in the second half, but could not finish the rally.