Feb. 20, 2013
A look around A-10 Women's Basketball for Wednesday, February 20. Thereare five games scheduled for today.
WHAT'S ON TAP
(*denotes A-10 Conference game)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
*Butler at Saint Louis | 1:00PM
*Charlotte at Massachusetts |.7:00PM
*La Salle at Saint Joseph's | 7:00PM
*Xavier at Temple | 7:00PM
*VCU at Richmond | 7:00PM
- Conference realignment has seen the Butler-Saint Louis series come full circle. BU and SLU were conference opponents from 1986-91. The two teams are back in the same conference again, renewing its series after playing twice as non-conference opponents in recent years. Butler swept a home-and-home set vs. SLU in 2009 and 2010.
- Tonight’s Richmond-VCU game features the top two 3-point shooters in the Atlantic 10. VCU freshman Jessica Pellechio leads the league with 2.8 treys per game, while Richmond’s Rachael Bilney (who scored her 1,000 career point Sunday) is second with 2.2.
- Richmond has won the last four and
taking the 11 of the last 13 meetings with VCU. Since 2000, Richmond has had two winning streaks in the series. From 2000 to 2005, Richmond won six-straight over VCU. From 2008 until present day, the Spiders have won four in a row, including last year’s 78-77 thriller at the Siegel Center. This will mark the first time the rials are playing as Confernece opponents since 2001.
- The Explorers and Hawks meet for the 47th time in the long-running Philadelphia Big 5 series on Wednesday. The Hawks own a 37-9 advantage in the series. The Explorers mounted a second-half rally in last season’s contest before falling 57-53 at Tom Gola Arena.
- Wednesday is the final Big 5 game of the season for Saint Joseph’s. The Hawks are currently 2-1 in the City Series with a loss to Villanova and wins over Penn and Temple. A victory by Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday would secure a second place finish in the Big 5 for SJU, while a loss would create a tie for second with La Salle.
- Two of the most successful programs in A-10 history, Temple and Xavier have previously me 23 times in the all-times series between the two programs. Xavier holds the 13-10 advantage and has won three of the last four meetings between
the two. Temple picked up the 64-38 win over Xavier last season on Jan. 24 at XU’s Cintas Center. The two combined for 10 NCAA Tournament appearances from 2007-2011.
- Temple currently leads all teams in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal defense at 23.4 percent.
- Senior Jennifer Hailey set the school’s career mark for blocked shots in the win over Butler Feb. 13 and has since raised the standard to 217. She has at least one rejection in 36-straight games entering today’s action. Hailey also became the fourth player in the school’s women’s basketball history, and seventh overall including the men’s program, to grab 1,000 rebounds when she joined the elite club also against Butler.
- For the 14th consecutive week Dayton is ranked in both the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Dayton also remains one of five teams with just one loss in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball. The others are: Baylor, Connecticut, Duke and Notre Dame. Dayton (21-1, 9-0 A-10) is No. 14 in the AP Top 25.
- The A-10 ranks ninth in the latest RPI Report released on Monday, Feb. 18. The Flyers continue to pace the league, coming in 17th among the nation’s top teams, while four additional teams are ranked among the top 100 – Duquesne (35), Saint Joseph’s (40), Charlotte (51) and Fordham (78).
MONDAY (2/18) RESULT
DAYTON 58, DUQUESNE 57 | DAYTON HIGHLIGHTS/POSTGAME
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Andrea Hoover scored 20 points and Kelley Austria added 17 off the bench as No. 14 Dayton held off Duquesne 58-57 for its 10th consecutive victory Monday night.
The Flyers (22-1, 10-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) trailed 50-41 when Hoover's basket with 12:17 left sparked a 13-0 Dayton run that lasted about 4 1/2 minutes and put the Flyers ahead 54-50.
Ahjah Hall's two free throws pushed the Dukes (19-6, 8-3) back ahead 57-56 with 3:21 left, but Ally Malott answered with two foul shots for Dayton 50 seconds later for the decisive Flyers' lead.
Duquesne missed six shots and committed three turnovers in the final 2 1/2 minutes, including a pair of failed shot attempts in the final 8 seconds.
Oditte Odisho paced Duquesne with 14 points off the bench.
Dayton shot just 37.5 percent (18 of 48), but made 18 of 22 free throws to Duquesne's 4 of 8.
TUESDAY (2/19) RESULT
RHODE ISLAND 45, MASSACHUSETTS 42
Rhode Island (6-19, 1-9) defeated Massachusetts 45-42 Tuesday afternoon in a make-up game from the blizzard.Tyra Melendez led the Rams with 13 points and Emilie Cloutier had 11 rebounds.
Rashida Timbilla paced UMass (3-22, 1-9) with a 14-point, 11 rebound double-double.
In a first half that featured six lead changes and three ties, Rhode Island (6-19, 1-9) closed out the frame on a 10-3 run to take a 26-18 lead into the locker room. Massachusetts (3-22, 1-9) returned from the break and slowly chipped away at the lead, eventually knotting things up at 31-31 after eight minutes of play. The Minutewomen then pushed ahead and took a 36-33 lead but Rhody responded with a 7-0 run to reclaim the lead and remained on top the rest of the way.