Dayton Continues to Streak, Saint Joseph's Claims Big 5 Title
DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton women’s basketball team kept two streaks alive with its 73-64 win over Fordham(15-4, 4-2 A-10) Sunday at UD Arena in front of 1,936 fans and in a game that was nationally-televised on ESPNU. The game had 16 lead changes and nine ties.
The Flyers (11-4, 4-0 A-10) have won 22 consecutive Atlantic 10 games, dating back to Feb. 11, 2012. UD has also won 21 consecutive home games; its streak is the third longest in NCAA D-I women’s basketball.
Sophomore Amber Deane led UD in scoring with 15 points, while sophomore Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova and junior Ally Malott added 14 points each. Malott also had a game-high 14 rebounds to notch her 10th career double-double and sixth this season.
Sophomore Kelley Austria turned in a solid performance of 12 points, five assists and a season-high six steals. Senior Cassie Sant was the fifth Flyer to score in double figures, contributing 10 points and eight rebounds.
UD trailed just 39-38 after the first half, despite the Rams shooting 56 percent from the field, including 87 percent (7-of-8) from three-point range, in the first 20 minutes of action.
Both teams struggled to put away a field goal to start the second half. UD did not convert until an Austria layup with 13:32 left to play to tie the score 41-41.
The Rams led 54-48 with just 5:29 left to play in the game.
Malott scored all 14 of her points in the final 5:17 of the game. Fordham’s Samantha Clark hit a three-pointer to give the Rams a 58-57 lead and Malott answered with a three the next time down the floor to give the Flyers the lead for good with 2:42 to play.
Erin Rooney led the Rams (15-4, 4-2 A-10) in the loss, tallying 19 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds, while co-captain Abigail Corning narrowly missed a double-double with 16 points and nine assists. Freshman Hannah Missry had a terrific shooting performance on the afternoon, hitting four of her six attempts from three for 12 points. Clark also finished in double figures for Fordham, registering 11 points and seven rebounds.
Saint Joseph’s 64, La Salle 52
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team claimed its 16th Philadelphia Big 5 title, and first outright crown since 2000-01, as the Hawks topped La Salle, 64-52, Sunday afternoon at Tom Gola Arena.
Led by a 14-point, nine rebound, nine assist performance from junior guard Natasha Cloud, Saint Joseph's finished Big 5 play with a 4-0 record, earning the program's first city series title since 2008-09 when it split with Temple.
Taking control from the opening basket and never falling behind, the Hawks used an 11-0 run towards the end of the first half to open its' 14-13 lead to a 25-13 advantage on a jumper by Ciara Andrews at 3:05.
Holding La Salle (9-9, 4-2 A-10, 0-4 Big 5) to just 25.8 percent shooting in the first half, the Hawks took a 31-20 lead into the second half.
In the second half, the Explorers cut SJU's lead to 48-44 with 7:40 to go, but the Hawks responded with seven-straight points as a jumper by sophomore Sarah Fairbanks pushed her team's lead to 55-44 with 3:22 to play.
Saint Joseph's (14-4, 3-2 A-10) would hit 9-of-10 free throws from there to close out the victory.
As a team, Saint Joseph's shot 45.1 percent overall (23-of-51), hit 3-of-15 from three-point range and converted 15-of-20 from the foul line. The Hawks finished with a 40-37 edge in rebounds and assisted on 18 of 23 field goals.
Individually, Fairbanks paced SJU with 16 points and added eight rebounds, while senior Ilze Gotfrida and Erin Shields added 10 points apiece.
At the other end, La Salle shot just 32.3 percent overall (21-of-65) and hist just 3-of-15 from behind the arc and 7-of-13 from the foul line (53.8 percent). Alicia Cropper led all scorers with 17 points for La Salle.