The University of Dayton women's basketball team opens its 2011-12 season against Bowling Green this Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. ET at UD Arena. The Flyers are celebrating Veteran's Day with Military Appreciation Day and all servicemen and women get free admission with a military-issued ID.
SERIES INFORMATION These teams have met 23 times since their first meeting on March 8, 1969 with a Flyer victory 50-38. UD has not been as lucky as of a late with a five game losing streak and trailing in the series 10-13. The last meeting was December 29, 2008 in the Dayton Flyer Classic when the Flyers fell short 68-77. The Flyers have a record of 7-9 when playing the Falcons at home.
FLYER NOTES >> Head Coach Jim Jabir became the career leader for wins for the UD women’s basketball program with the Flyers’ 102-69 win over Toledo on Dec. 5, 2010. And, with UD’s 87-80 overtime victory over St. Bonaventure on Feb. 2, 2011 Jabir reached 350 in his career. >> The University of Dayton is coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and loses just one starter from the 2010-11 squad that advanced to the finals of the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time in program history.
>> The Flyers earned their fourth consecutive postseason berth and second straight NCAA at-large berth in 2010-11.
>> With their 21-12 record it marked the fourth season in a row that the Flyers have won 20+ games.
>> UD will have seven seniors on the team next season and add two impressive freshmen: ESPN Class of 2011 Super 60 Player Andrea Hoover, and 2011 High School McDonald’s All-American Ally Malott.
>> The Flyers were winners of the 2010-11 Atlantic 10 Female Sportsmanship Award and were named to the WBCA Academic Top 25 with the ninth best GPA in the nation.
>> Senior Casey Nance is second all-time on Dayton’s career blocks list with 174. She needs 49 in her final season to move to the top of the list.
>> Senior Justine Raterman, a First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection, is UD’s top returning scorer with 16.1 ppg. The 2011 A-10 All Championship Team selection has led Dayton in scoring in each of her three seasons and currently has 1,399, seventh all-time at UD. She has 723 career rebounds, eighth alltime at UD. Raterman was invited to participate in the 2011 USA Basketball’s World University Games but had to decline due to her knee ACL surgery. She was named to the Women’s Preseason Top 30 list for the 2012 John R. Wooden Award.
>> Senior Patrice Lalor has 371 career assists, seventh all-time at UD. She’s led the Flyers in that category all three seasons.
>> Dayton led the A-10 and finished 22nd in the country in scoring offense (74.2) and was also 22nd in the NCAA in rebounding margin (+6.3). The Flyers were 15th in the country in three-point field goal percentage (36.6).
SCOUTING THE FALCONS
Bowling Green is coming off a 2010-11 season in which they went 28-5 and 13-3 in the MAC. The Falcons were crowned the MAC Tournament champions after a 56-41 win over Eastern Michigan. Senior Lauren Prochaska led the team last year with 17.9 ppg and 5.9 rpg before graduating. The Falcons’ only returning starter is junior guard Chrissy Steffen (10.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg) who led the team in steals last year with 54 and averaging 1.6 steals per game. Steffen was named preseason All-MAC team after finishing the 2010-11 season third for Bowling Green in scoring, assists, and three-point FG made. Redshirt sophomore Alexis Rogers sat out the 2010-11 season as a transfer from Duke University where she recorded a field goal percentage of 41.7. BGSU also returns nine letterwinners while adding five freshmen. Freshmen guards Jasmine Matthews and Kaila Hulls were both McDonald’s All-American nominees.
AUTOGRAPHS AND A CONCERT
Following the game, the Flyer women’s basketball team will sign autographs on press row. During the autograph session fans will also be entertained with a mini-concert with performances by UD alumni Kelly Fine and Ben Rivet.
The Flyers are holding Military Appreciation night Friday. Dayton women’s basketball would like to thank the servicemen and women who are serving our country. All servicemen and women with a military-issued ID will get free admission to the game vs. Bowling Green.
The Flyers are wearing neon green shoe laces during their game against the Falcons to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research. The shoelaces were provided by the Go4theGoal Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to children and their families affected by cancer, with the ultimate goal of curing cancer by funding innovative research and providing financial support to patients and their families.
DAYTON’S LAST TIME OUT
Dayton defeated the Northern Kentucky Norse, 88-34, in an exhibition game Tuesday, Nov. 1. Senior De’Sarae Chambers had a team-high 16 points and senior Casey Nance led the team in rebounds with eight.Freshman Ally Mallot saw the most time on the court with 23 minutes.
Dayton will travel to Toledo, Ohio on Sunday, Nov. 13 to take on the Toledo Rockets. Game time is set for 2 p.m. ET at Savage Arena. The Flyers beat the Rockets last season in a stunning 102-69 performance at UD Arena. The UD women will hit the road again on Wednesday to play at Cincinnati before the World Vision Classic in Storrs, Conn. Nov. 25-27.
FLYERS PICKED FIRST
Dayton was picked to finish tied for first in the Atlantic 10 this season. The Flyers are the preseason favorites along with Temple – each garnering 189 points and seven first-place votes. The Flyers tied for third last season.
The Flyers received four votes in the first national poll of the season, the AP preseason Top 25. They received 16 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Dayton is coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and loses just one starter from the 2010-11 squad that advanced to the finals of the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time in program history.The Flyers earned their fourth consecutive postseason berth and second straight NCAA at-large berth in 2010-11.
20 ROCK SOLID
With their 21-12 record it marked the fourth season in a row that the Flyers have won 20+ games.
PATRICE IS RIGHT ON POINT
Senior point guard Patrice Lalor has 371 career assists, seventh all-time at UD. She’s led the Flyers in that category all three seasons. She was a 2011 A-10 Preseason Third Team selection.
JABIR IS BEST
Jim Jabir became the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in University of Dayton program history with the Flyers’ 102-69 victory over Toledo on Dec. 5, giving him the 120th in his UD career. He has a career record of 356-338 in 24 seasons and his UD record is 136-115 in eight seasons.
UD will have seven seniors on the team this season: De’Sarae Chambers, Patrice Lalor, Casey Nance, Kayla Moses, Elle Queen, Justine Raterman and Staci Willis.
The Flyers also add two impressive freshmen: ESPN Class of 2011 Super 60 Player Andrea Hoover, and 2011 High School McDonald’s All-American Ally Malott. She is the first-ever Dayton player to be named a HS All-American.
FIRST CLASS AND SMART TOO
The Flyers were winners of the 2010-11 Atlantic 10 Female Sportsmanship Award. Dayton was also named to the WBCA Academic Top 25 after turning in the ninth best team GPA in the country.
NANCE’S BLOCK PARTY
Senior Casey Nance is second all-time on Dayton’s career blocks list with 174. The 6-foot-5 center needs 49 in her final season to move to the top of the list. She was a 2011 Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Defensive Team selection. This is the first summer she hasn’t had a knee surgery prior to the season. Nance had ACL surgeries prior to her freshman and sophomore seasons, and an osteotomy prior to her junior season.
REAL DEAL RATERMAN
Senior Justine Raterman, a First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection, is UD’s top returning scorer with 16.1 ppg. The 2011 A-10 All Championship Team selection has led Dayton in scoring in each of her three seasons and currently has 1,399, seventh all-time at UD. She has 723 career rebounds, eighth all-time at UD. Raterman was invited to participate in the 2011 USA Basketball’s World University Games but had to decline due to her ACL knee surgery on March 25, 2011. She has not missed a single practice and is expected to start. She was selected to the 2011 A-10 Preseason First Team. She also became the first Dayton women’s basketball player named to the Preseason Top 30 Wooden Watch List when she was selected this year. The two-time captain has led the Flyers in scoring all three years.
IN SELECT COMPANY
Justine Raterman was one of 30 women’s basketball players selected as a candidate today for the 2011-12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Raterman, also named to the 2011-12 Preseason Top 30 list for the Wooden Award, has averaged 14.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game over her three seasons at Dayton. She is one of eight players to be named to both the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Top 30 and Preseason Top 30 Wooden List. The others are: Lasandra Barrett (LSU), Cierra Bravard (Florida State), Keisha Hampton (DePaul), Glory Johnson (Tennessee), Shenise Johnson (Miami, FL), Natalie Novosel (Notre Dame) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Stanford).
BW IS OUT
Dayton will be without the services of redshirt junior Brittany Wilson. The 5-foot-11 forward tore her ACL in preseason training and will most likely miss the entire season.
TOPS IN THE NATION
In 2010-11 Dayton led the A-10 and finished 22nd in the country in scoring offense (74.2) and was also 22nd in the NCAA in rebounding margin (+6.3). The Flyers were 15th in the country in three-point field goal percentage (36.6).
• Chris Vozab joined the Flyer coaching staff this season and will work with the point guards. She played that position at Providence when Jabir was head coach for the Friars.
• Former Flyers Louis Suttmann and Kendel Ross, CSCS also join the Dayton staff. Suttmann, a former student manager, was hired as the Director of Basketball Operations, and Ross, a former standout from 2007-10, is the new strength and conditioning coach.
The UD women’s basketball schedule features games against 14 teams that earned postseason berths and five that won conference titles, including seven-time National Champion Connecticut.
FOUR CAPTAINS NAMED
Seniors Patrice Lalor, Casey Nance, Elle Queen and Justine Raterman have been selected to be the captains of the 2011-12 University of Dayton women’s basketball team. Queen and Raterman were also captains last season.
THE DAYTON DETAILS
Last season the Flyers were 21-12 overall and 9-5 in the Atlantic 10, finishing in a five-way tie for third place. Dayton led the A-10 in scoring offense (74.9 ppg).
SCHOOL’S OUT FOR FLYERS
Over 4,000 area schoolchildren, parents and teachers packed in to UD Arena to cheer the Dayton Flyers to a 66-58 victory over the UMass Minutewomen on Dayton’s annual Math Day matinee game. This year, Dayton’s Math Day will be Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. at UD Arena against Charlotte. To get your school involved call Linda Waltz at 937-229-4447 for more information.
MAKING IT A HABIT
For the 16th consecutive year - every season since joining the league - the University of Dayton advanced to the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship in 2010-11. The Flyers were the No. 6 seed, the lowest to ever advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship final.
FLYER A-10 HISTORY IN THE MAKING
The Flyers played in their fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 semifinal last year, and second consecutive against Temple. In 2009-10 the Owls defeated Dayton (who was the No. 2 seed – the highest in UD program history) 67-64 in overtime. Dayton returned the favor in 2010-11, knocking off No.2 seed Temple March 6, 75-67, to make the program’s first-ever appearance in the A-10 Finals. Graduated Kristin Daugherty led the way with 16 points.
THREE CHEERS FOR TV
The Flyers have two guaranteed nationally-televised games this year. Their Atlantic 10 home game against Temple on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. will air on ESPN2. UD’s road game at Xavier on Sunday, Feb. 5 will air on ESPNU. The A-10 semifinals (March 4) will be on CBS College Sports and the final (March 5) will be on ESPN2. The Flyers’ game against Toledo (Nov. 13) will air regionally on BCSN and their game at Cincinnati (Nov. 16) will be on Fox Sports Ohio.
RADIO FOR THE ROAD
All of the University of Dayton women’s basketball games will be broadcast via radio this year. Barney Sentner will provide play-by-play at home games, along with color commentary from Shane White. White will also provide play-by-play on all the Flyer women’s basketball road games. The games will be aired live on 1660 and DaytonFlyers.com. WHIO will air Dayton’s road game vs. Toledo (Nov. 13) and home game vs. Temple (Jan. 15).