The University of Dayton women’s basketball team will host the Gannon University Knights Tuesday at UD Arena at 7 p.m. in its only exhibition game as part of its tune up for the 2010-11 season. The game will be carried by 1610 Information Radio, while live streaming video and stats on Gametracker are available at DaytonFlyers.com.
The Knights return six letterwinners, but will need to replace all five starters from last year’s 37-1 squad. The Lady Knights advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four for the first time in school history last season, before being eliminated with a 97-94 overtime loss to eventual champion Emporia State. The squad broke the NCAA Division II records for most victories in a season and most consecutive wins (37) in a single season. Along the way, the program won its first-ever PSAC Championship and first-ever NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional. Senior Julie Kleber is the most experienced returner from last year’s squad playing in all 38 games, averaging 8.6 points, while shooting 45.2 percent from three-point range. She was selected to the 2010-11 Preseason PSAC All-Conference team. Head Coach Cleve Wright’s squad was ranked No. 1 in the last three USA Today ESPN regular-season Top 25 polls.
2010-11 DAYTON SEASON PREVIEW
The Flyers (25-8, 11-3) welcome back four starters among 14 letterwinners from a team that made the program’s first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round last season. Head Coach Jim Jabir, a finalist for the 2009-10 Kay Yow National Coach of the Year, graduated only one senior and welcomes back a plethora of talent, including three players who earned four A-10 preseason honors. Jabir is five victories from becoming the all-time winningest coach in UD women’s basketball program history.
The 2009-10 University of Dayton women's basketball team experienced one of its best seasons in history, finishing the year with a 25-8 overall mark, tying the school record for wins since becoming a Division I program. Not only did the Flyers make their first trip to the Big Dance, but they captured a win in the tournament with a last-second come-from-behind victory over TCU. The season started with a bang as Dayton defeated its first ever Top 10 team, knocking off No. 10 Michigan State in its season opener. The Flyers continued their firsts and bests throughout the season, appearing for the first time in program history in the AP and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls. UD went 11-3 in Atlantic 10 action and earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament, its highest ever.
Senior Kristin Daugherty is back for her final year with the Red & Blue. A three-time all-conference performer, she was third for the Flyers in scoring (9.6 ppg). Redshirt senior Aundrea Lindsey (1.4 ppg) and redshirt junior Elle Queen (4.9 ppg) also provide leadership and depth. Three of Dayton’s five starters from the 2009-10 season will be juniors this season; two-time scoring leader and two-time Atlantic 10 All-Championship selection Justine Raterman (12.9 ppg); A-10 All-Defensive selection Casey Nance (64 blocks) and point guard Patrice Lalor, who led the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9). Speedy junior guards De’Sarae Chambers (5.4 ppg), and Kayla Moses (4.8 ppg) give the Flyers even more options off the bench.
Redshirt freshman Brittany Wilson (4.9 ppg) and freshmen Kari Daugherty (5.9 ppg and A-10 All-Rookie Team), Olivia Applewhite (3.3 ppg) and Sam MacKay (1.4 apg) have a year of collegiate experience and provide UD with additional weapons. The Flyers also added 2009-10 OHSBCA Division I Player of the Year Cassie Sant, a 6-2 center freshman.
The Flyers host Penn State on Friday, Nov. 12 at UD Arena at 7 p.m. Dayton is holding its Pack the House Challenge for their regular season home opener.
DAYTON PICKED SECOND BY A-10 COACHES
The University of Dayton women’s basketball team received two first place votes and was picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10 this season, according to a vote of the league’s head coaches in the all-conference preseason poll released Wednesday, Oct. 27.
TRIO OF FLYERS HONORED ON A-10 PRESEASON TEAMS
Dayton tied with Xavier for the most honors on the A-10 preseason teams; both teams filling four spots. UD junior Justine Raterman (12.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg), was named a first team selection, teammate senior Kristin Daugherty (9.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg) was named to the second team, and junior Casey Nance was chosen to both the third team and All-Defensive Team (5.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg) for the Flyers. Raterman, the 2008-09 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, has led the Flyers in scoring her first two seasons and has twice been named to the A-10 All-Championship team and was a second team selection last season. Daugherty, a two-time captain for the Flyers, was named a repeat selection to the third team All-Atlantic 10 last season. Nance was selected to the A-10 All-Defensive Team last year after leading the Flyers with 64 blocks and 203 rebounds.
The captains for the 2010-2011 season are senior Kristin Daugherty, red shirt junior Elle Queen and junior Justine Raterman.
JABIR ADDS TO STAFF
University of Dayton head women’s basketball coach Jim Jabir announced the hiring of Adeniyi Amadou as the new assistant coach and added Amanda Fischer as the new Director of Basketball Operations on his Flyer staff. Adeniyi Amadou (pronounced AD-knee AHM-uh-doo) will work with the post players and help with scouting and recruiting for the Flyers. Amadou, a native of Paris, France, comes to UD after serving on the women’s basketball staff at Syracuse University during the 2009-10 season. A 2010 UD graduate who served as a manager for four years, Fischer will coordinate all of Dayton's travel, and oversee day-to-day basketball operations and the Jim Jabir Basketball Camps The native of Frankfort, Ill. is also pursuing her master’s degree in sport leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.
DAYTON COACHING UPGRADES
University of Dayton Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Jabir recently announced upgrades to his staff. Following one of the best seasons in program history, in which the Flyers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Jabir and the administration at UD have taken steps to continue the success of Dayton women’s basketball. Kyle Rechlicz, entering her fourth season as an assistant coach at Dayton, was promoted to associate head coach. Angie Russell, now in her second season at UD, was promoted to recruiting coordinator. Linda Waltz, entering her 14th season with the University of Dayton athletics division as an administrative assistant for women's basketball, has been promoted to an administrative associate.
CASSIE’S ROOKIE DIARY
University of Dayton freshman women's basketball player Cassie Sant is taking over the Flyer Hoops blog. Sant will keep fans filled in on what life as a rookie is like with the 2010-11 UD women's basketball team.
The University of Dayton women’s basketball team was named the recipient of the 2010 Erin Ritchey Memorial Volunteer Service Award. The team was recognized for their continued commitment and exceptional support to individuals with disabilities. UD Associate Head Coach Kyle Rechlicz took the initiative to pair up the Flyer women's hoops team with the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services to start a fan club called FANtastic Flyers. The women’s basketball team also won the Flyer Challenge, a program to increase UD student-athletes’ involvement in NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills, created to support the development initiatives of NCAA member institutions and to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the context of higher education.
FLYER PAIR ARE ARTHUR ASHE SCHOLARS
Patrice Lalor and Casey Nance were named 2010 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars. Established in 1992 by the publication Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, the Sports Scholars Awards honor undergraduate minority student athletes who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. The University of Dayton and University of Texas at Austin were the only teams in the nation to have two players named to the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Women’s Basketball Team.
DAYTON HONORS ITS BEST
The Flyers celebrated all of their accomplishments during the 2009-10 season and handed out individual awards at their annual banquet. The Flyer of the Year Award went to Staci Willis. The Most Improved Player Award went to Olivia Applewhite. The Academic Award went to Casey Nance. Kendel Ross was presented with the team’s Most Outstanding Player Award, while Elle Queen earned the Coaches Award.