Dayton 82, Saint Joseph’s 56
DAYTON, Ohio – The No. 22 University of Dayton women’s basketball team (20-5, 13-1 A-10) topped Saint Joseph’s (20-7, 9-5 A-10) on senior day for Cassie Sant at UD Arena.
Sophomore Amber Deane led the way for Dayton finishing with a team high 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor. She did not play in the first matchup against Saint Joseph’s when she was out with a concussion. The Flyers lost that game 75-63 on Jan. 26.
Four other Flyers finished with double digits including freshman Celeste Edwards and junior Andrea Hoover with 14. Hoover added a game-high seven assists as well.
Junior Ally Malott and sophomore Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova both finished with a double-double. Malott had 11 points and 10 rebounds, notching her eighth double-double of the season, and 11th of her career. Cornelie-Sigmundova had 10 points and 11 rebounds in her first career double-double.
Dayton trailed for most of the first half, before finally taking the lead back at the 4-minute mark on a Malott jumper. UD would eventually take a 36-27 lead into halftime.
The Flyers extended that lead by 14 following a pair of Edwards three pointers, and Dayton never looked back. They cruised to a 26-point victory.
As a team Dayton shot 48 percent from the floor as well 92 percent from the free-throw line. They also out rebounded the Hawks 51-29.
This marks the seventh consecutive season that the Flyers have won 20+ games. Dayton won its first ever A-10 regular season title last season after going 14-0 vs. the conference slate. UD won its first A-10 Tournament Championship in 2012.
UMass 69, Rhode Island 56
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team earned a 69-56 victory over Rhode Island at home in the Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon through a stout defensive effort and sophomore guard Jasmine Harris' second consecutive 20-point game. Harris scored exactly 20 to lead both teams while Rashida Timbilla tallied 19 points and Nola Henry added 10 to go with nine rebounds and five assists.
Timbilla also pulled down eight boards and dished out three assists while Kim Pierre-Louis grabbed 13 boards, including seven from the offensive glass, and chipped in eight points.
Tayra Melendez led Rhode Island with 19 points while Samantha Tabakman tallied 13 before fouling out in the final minutes of the second half.