Feb. 22, 2013
WHAT'S ON TAP
(*denotes A-10 Conference game)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23
*Xavier at VCU | 1:00PM
*Richmond at Butler | 2:00PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
*Charlotte at La Salle | 1:00PM
*Duquesne at Massachusetts | 2:00PM
*Saint Joseph's at Fordham | 2:00PM
*St. Bonaventure at George Washington | 2:00PM | CBS Sports Network
*Temple at Dayton | 2:00PM
*Saint Louis at Rhode Island | 5:00PM
-Chatilla van Grinsven of Saint Joseph's and La Salle's Shanel Harrison have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Players of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. Fordham's Samantha Clark was also honored as the A-10's Rookie of the Week. The three student-athletes were recognized for games played during the week of Feb. 11-17.
- 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).
-George Washington (11-14, 5-6) plays host to St. Bonaventure (9-17, 2-9) in a game televised on CBS Sports Network. The Colonials are coming off a 12-point loss to Charlotte last weekend, while the Bonnies are fresh off a narrow defeat to Dayton.
-VCU's Robyn Parks posted her first career 20-20 outing with a game-high 29 points to go along with a career-best 20 rebounds Wednesday evening against Richmond. It's the second straight season a VCU player has posted a 20-20 effort as Courtney Hurt logged three last year, including a 32-point, 21-rebound game against Morgan State on Dec. 28, 2011.
-Saturday marks the first-ever meeting between the Butler Bulldogs and the Richmond Spiders. Butler comes into the game with a 16-10, 7-4 mark. The Bulldogs are currently in sixth place in the A-10 standings. Richmond (14-13, 4-7) is in a three-way tie for ninth.
-Charlotte (21-4, 10-1) enters Sunday's matchup against La Salle (8-18, 4-7)riding a 10-game winning streak highlighted by victories against Conference foes Duquesne at Saint Joseph's
-Duquesne's Jocelyn Floyd currently leads the NCAA in steals and steals per game and needs just one more to become the program's all-time leader to surpass Korie Hlede (1995-98).
-With their 67-63 win over St. Bonaventure on Feb. 21, Dayton has secured one of the top four seeds and a first round bye) for the A-10 Championship.
-No. 14/14 Dayton is 1 of 4 teams with just one loss in NCAA Division I Women's Basketball. The others are: No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 5 Duke.
THURSDAY (2/21) RESULTS
FORDHAM 51, RHODE ISLAND 42
KINGSTON, R.I. - Fordham improved to 19-7 on the season and 9-2 in the Atlantic 10 Thursday evening on the strength of their outside shooting as they went 10-of-20 from three-point range en route to defeating Rhode Island 51-42.
Rhode Island (6-20, 1-10 A-10) trailed by just three, 28-25, at halftime before Fordham opened the second half with an 11-3 run to increase its lead to 39-28 with 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Rhode Island clawed its way back and made it a two-possession game with a little under two minutes left to play, but Fordham held on for the 51-42 victory.
Fordham's Erin Rooney led Fordham in scoring once again on the evening, pouring in 18 points and grabbing six boards. Marah Strickland was the only other Fordham player in double figures, tallying 14 points.
Taylor Melendez led the way for Rhode Island with a team-high 13 points and three steals. She has now scored in double figures in 15 of the team's 26 games and has been Rhode Island's top scorer 12 times.
DAYTON 67, ST. BONAVENTURE 63 | DAYTON POSTGAME | SBU HIGHLIGHTS/POSTGAME
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y - The University of Dayton women's basketball team defeated St. Bonaventure 67-63 on Thursday evening to remain undefeated in conference play this season. With the victory, Dayton improves to 23-1 overall and 11-0 in the Atlantic 10 and clinches a bye in the first round of the A-10 Championship. With the loss, St. Bonaventure falls to 9-17 and 2-9 in the conference.
Andrea Hoover led the way with 13 points while Aly Mallot chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead Dayton as a total of nine Flyers scored on the evening.
Four St. Bonaventure players scored in double-figures, led by Alaina Walker's 17 points. Doris Ortega and Emily Michael each added 12 points for the Bonnies, while Katie Healey had 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Flyers battled to a 32-24 lead at the half. There were five lead changes and two ties in the first seven minutes. A three by Malott at the 13:08 mark gave UD an 11-8 lead that the Flyers never relinquished.
Dayton's lead swelled to 15 early in the second half as Kelley Austria's jumper gave the Flyers a 44-29 advantage with 14:03 left in the game. Dayton held a 13-point lead with 37 seconds left in regulation, before the Bonnies went on a 10-1 run to pull within three as regulation ended.