Jan. 23, 2013
WHAT’S ON TAP FOR WEDNESDAY (1/23)
*Saint Louis at Richmond | 12:00PM
*Butler at UMass | 7:00PM
*Duquesne at VCU | 7:00PM
*Fordham at Xavier | 7:00PM | Assistant Brian Neal’s Game Preview
*Rhode Island at St. Bonaventure | 7:00PM
- Duquesne’s Wumi Agunbiade and Dayton’s Amber Deane have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the league office announced on Monday. The award marks the second-straight and third overall for Deane, while Agunbiade collects the citation for the first time this season. Both student-athletes were recognized for games played during the week of Jan. 14-20.
- For the 10th consecutive week Dayton is ranked in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Polls. Dayton (15-1, 3-0 A-10) moved up one spot to No. 17 in the AP Top 25 with 343 points, improving upon the 276 last week. UD is tied with North Carolina at No. 16 in the Coaches Poll with both teams accumulating 323 points. The Flyers are just nine points from Georgia and South Carolina who both have 332 and are tied at No. 14 in the poll.
- Temple will take a break from conference play for the final time in this regular season, as the Owls head across town to Penn for a Philadelphia Big 5 game tonight at 7:00 p.m. Temple (7-10, 1-2, 0-1 Big 5) has won its last eight meetings with Penn (7-7, 0-1, 1-2 Big 5) including a 72-47 victory a year ago. Temple’s game also marks the final non-conference contest for any A-10 team this season.
- No. 17/17 University of Dayton started the Atlantic 10 season 3-0 for the first time in program history when it knocked off Rhode Island 74-48 on Jan. 20. Not only did the Flyers accomplish the feat for the first time, they did so in convincing fashion with a +39 scoring margin of victory in conference games.
- The 49ers have held six-straight opponents under 60 points, giving up an average of only 48.3 points in those contests.
- Fordham continues its best A-10 start in school history, moving to 3-0 in the conference with wins over Richmond and UMass last week. The Rams have secured their longest winning streak since the 1992-93 season.
- Duquesne has started out 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 2010.
- George Washington earned its first A-10 victory of the season last Sunday at VCU, defeating the Rams, 79-68. The 79 points were the second-highest scoring output of the season for the Colonials. Chakecia Miller again tallied 20 points, while graduate student Sara Mostafa posted her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
- Charlotte senior Jennifer Hailey continues to climb the school’s career scoring list, moving into 13th place with 1,212 points following her 23-point effort in Sunday’s triumph; she also has extended her consecutive games streak to 29 with at least one blocked shot and moved within 17 of equaling the program’s all-time record.
- Freshman Adaeze Alaeze posted her first career double-double with a career-high 10 points and 10 rebounds in VCU’s first-ever A-10 win at Temple last week.
- St. Bonaventure’s Katie Healy has now started four-straight games for the first time in her young career. She has led the Bonnies in scoring twice over that span. Both have come on the road. She scored 16 points in the loss to the Green Bay. On Wednesday (Jan. 16), Healy scored a game-high 13, including 10 in the first half, in the loss to Richmond. During her start streak, the Lancaster, N.Y. native is averaging. 9.8 points and 5.8 rebounds.
- Fordham and Xavier will meet for the 22nd time in program history today with XU owning the 19-2 series advantage. Xavier has won 17 straight against Fordham including the 68-57 overtime win in the Bronx last season on Feb. 11, 2012.
SUNDAY’S (1/20) RESULTS
George Washington 79, VCU 68
Junior Robyn Parks led all scorers with a game-high 23 points and freshman Kaneisha Atwater added a career-best 17 points and eight rebounds, but VCU couldn't overcome a hot shooting George Washington squad, and dropped its Atlantic 10 home opener 79-68 Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Fordham 47, Richmond 40 | Fordham Highlights
Marah Strickland's 1,000th career point couldn't have come at a better time for the Rams. The graduate student sank four free throws, the last of which marked her 1,000th, in the closing minute of the game to seal her team's victory over Richmond, 47-40, in the Rose Hill Gym. With the win, Fordham moves to 13-5 (3-0), extending its best ever start in A-10 play and securing a six game win streak for the first time since 1993. Richmond fell to 11-8 (1-2) with the loss.
Dayton 74, Rhode Island 48 | UD Postgame
No. 18/17 University of Dayton defeated Rhode Island 74-48 Sunday at the Ryan Center. The Flyers (15-1 overall, 3-0 Atlantic 10) improved to 3-0 in A-10 play for the first time in program history. Senior Sam MacKay led the Flyers with 16 points, five assists and five steals. The UD point guard, who leads the A-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio, had just one turnover. UD won the battle of the boards 31-28 after trailing in that category at the half. The Flyers forced 25 turnovers, their second-highest tally this season and capitalized with 33 points off turnovers.
Charlotte 67, Xavier 55 | Charlotte Highlights | Charlotte Postgame
Charlotte needed all 40 minutes thanks to an all-around team effort to hand Xavier a 67-55 setback Sunday afternoon in Atlantic 10 women's basketball action inside Halton Arena in Charlotte, N.C. The 49ers turned to their All-A-10 honoree, senior Jennifer Hailey, to guide them throughout the contest. She finished with her 12th double-double of the campaign and 32nd of her career with game-high honors of 23 points and 13 rebounds, including 10 on the defensive glass. She also added three blocked shots, extending her streak to 29-straight contests, while surpassing the 1,200-point plateau for her career and sliding into 13thplace on the school's all-time list.
Butler 59, La Salle 42
Junior Daress McClung stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks to lead the Butler women's basketball team to a 59-42 win at La Salle on Sunday. The Bulldogs have now won seven of their last nine games. McCLung finished 7-for-15 shooting and also added five assists and three steals. Sophomore Liz Stratman added 12 points for BU, which picked up its first road win in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Saint Joseph's 69, Saint Louis 38
Holding Saint Louis to just 25 percent from the floor (14-of-56), the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team downed the Billikens, 69-38, Sunday afternoon at Chaefitz Arena. The Hawks, who improved to 12-5 overall and 3-0 in Atlantic 10 play, finished with three players in double figures, led by redshirt senior forward Chatilla van Grinsven's 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Duquesne 65, Temple 45 | Duquesne Postgame
Wumi Agunbiade scored a game-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting to lead the Duquesne women's basketball team (14-3, 3-0 A-10) to a 65-45 victory over Temple (7-10, 1-2 A-10) on Sunday afternoon at the Palumbo Center. Vanessa Abel scored a season-high 11 points and made her first start this year for the Dukes who improve to 8-1 at home this year. Ahjah Hall added six points, tied a career-high with five steals and grabbed five rebounds off the bench.