Dayton, VCU and GW Pick Up Wins on Saturday
DAYTON 89, IOWA 54
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The No. 14/16 University of Dayton women's basketball team opened the 2013-14 regular season with a resounding 89-54 win over UC Riverside in its first game of the 2013 Iowa Hawkeye Challenge. Junior Ally Malott led all scorers as she equaled her career high with 20 points after making nine of her 10 attempts to go with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks for the Flyers. Dayton is now 1-0 on the season while UC Riverside falls to 0-2.
Dayton shot 51.5 percent from the floor and 85.7 percent from the line for the game compared to UC Riverside's 33.8 percent and 56.3 percent. The Flyers out-rebounded the Highlanders, 44-35, while the fouls were nearly even at 16 for UD and 17 for UCR.
Also for the Flyers, sophomore Amber Deane was the only player to record a double-double for the game and was the second of five Flyers that posted double-figures scoring. She went 6-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line for 17 points and she grabbed 10 rebounds while dishing out four assists. Sophomore Kelly Austria tallied 14 points, three assists and two steals while Senior Cassie Sant added 13 points and six rebounds. Rounding out the double-digit scores for Dayton was junior Andrea Hoover with 11.
VCU 85, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 66
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- VCU used a 33-8 edge in points off turnovers to defeat the Youngstown State women's basketball team 85-66 at Beeghly Center on Saturday in the 2013-14 season opener for both teams.
The Rams used their length and athleticism to force the Penguins into 27 turnovers, which allowed the visitors to attempt 21 more field goals. Of the 27 turnovers, 23 of them were the results of steals. VCU also outscored Youngstown State 25-2 in fast-break points and 41-14 in bench points.
Freshman Monnazjea Finney-Smith came off the bench to lead VCU with 18 points, and the Rams' touted freshman class combined for 44 points.
Both teams shot 38.3 percent, but VCU made eight more field goals. The Rams also hit seven more 3-pointers than the Penguins, who went 1-for-15 from beyond the arc.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 101, JACKSON STATE 73
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Five players scored in double figures as the George Washington women's basketball team exploded for 101 points in a 101-73 victory over Jackson State in the 2013-14 season opener on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.
GW topped 100 points for the first time since a 100-57 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 17, 2000, and the 101 points were the most the Colonials have scored in a game since a 111-61 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Dec. 28, 1999.
Graduate student Megan Nipe led the Colonials with 20 points, and freshman Hannah Schaible totaled 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists in her collegiate debut. Rookies Shannon Cranshaw and Caira Washington scored 13 points apiece in their first games, as Cranshaw made three 3-pointers and dished out a team-high five assists while Washington pulled down eight boards.
Grad student Danni Jackson rounded out the double-figure scorers for GW with 12 points to go with three assists and five steals. In addition, grad student Brooke Wilson recorded a game-high 11 rebounds to go with eight points in her first official game since tearing her ACL nearly a year ago.
GW (1-0) was hot out of the gates, jumping out to a 23-7 lead after seven minutes of play behind nine points from Nipe. The Lady Tigers chipped away and pulled within single digits three times, but never got closer than eight, and an 11-4 GW run to end the half - capped by a jumper by Jackson just before the buzzer - gave the Colonials a 52-37 advantage at the break.
DEPAUL 88, DUQUESNE 77
CHICAGO - The Duquesne women's basketball team finished as the runner-up at the 2013 Maggie Dixon Classic. After defeating Cal Poly 84-69 Friday night, the Dukes (1-1) fell to host DePaul 88-77 on Saturday night.
Orsi Szecsi led three Dukes in double-digits with 20 points. Wumi Agunbiade and April Robinson each scored 10 points for Duquesne which shot 49.1 percent from the floor, making 28-of-57 shots on the night.
DePaul (2-0) connected on 10 three-points in the victory. Brittany Hrynko led all scorers with 21, while pulling in a game-high eight rebounds as well.