The University of Dayton takes to the road for two Atlantic 10 conference games, taking on Massachusetts, followed by a battle in the Bronx against Fordham. First, the Flyers take on the Minutewomen in a mid-morning game on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 11:45 a.m. ET for the UMass Field Trip Day which averages 2,500 children each time they hold the event. Dayton is aiming to rebound from their first home loss of the season, a 61-57 setback to Temple Sunday. UMass is also coming off a loss at home, 73-54 against Richmond. The Minutewomen are 2-6 at the Mullins Center, while the Flyers are 1-3 in road games this year.
Dayton is 10-5 overall and 2-1 in Atlantic 10 with conference wins over Rhode Island and Saint Joseph’s. UD is second in the A-10 in scoring with 70.8 ppg. Senior Justine Raterman leads the Flyers in scoring (13.9 ppg – 7th in the A-10) and in rebounding (6.1 rpg). Freshman Andrea Hoover is also averaging double figure scoring with 10.1 ppg. Senior Patrice Lalor leads Dayton in assists with 4.47 per game (3rd in the A-10) and leads the A-10 in assist/turnover ratio (2.2). Senior Casey Nance paces the defense with 1.5 blocks per game (T-5th in the A-10) and senior Elle Queen has a team-high 1.8 steals per game (7th in the A-10), including a career-high five in Dayton’s 65-51 win over SJU.
SCOUTING THE MINUTEWOMEN
Massachusetts is 6-12 overall and 1-2 in Atlantic 10 play. Junior center Jasmine Watson leads the Minutewomen in points (11.8 ppg - 17th in A-10), rebounds (8.3 rpg - 7th in A-10), blocks (27 - T-5th in A-10) and steals (24). Junior Shakia Robinson adds 11.4 ppg. Redshirt sophomore Carolann Cloutier dishes an Atlantic 10 best 4.89 assists per game. UMass has played four of the same opponents that Dayton has so far this season (Boston College, Binghamton, Saint Joseph’s and Rhode Island). Massachusetts went 2-2 with wins over Binghamton (W 64-55) and Rhode Island (W 46-39). Dayton went 4-0 against the same teams.
The Minutewomen lead the all-time series against Dayton, 10-8, although the Flyers have won the last four meetings, including last year’s game at UD Arena which saw the Flyers win 66-58 on Feb. 9, 2011. Justine Raterman had 12 points and Elle Queen had seven rebounds to lead the Flyers. When UD is playing UMass on the road the series is tied 5-5.
The Flyers will take a trip to the Bronx where they will take on Fordham Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at 2 p.m. ET. Dayton returns to UD Arena to face off against Richmond on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. ET.
LAST TIME OUT
The Flyers dropped their first Atlantic 10 conference game of the season, 61-57, against Temple Jan. 15. A second-half frenzied comeback fell short for UD. The Flyers trailed 49-42 with 9:33 left before UD scored eight unanswered points to take their only lead of the game 50-49 with 5:37 left. The Flyers’ lead lasted for just 18 seconds before a three-pointer by Shey Peddy gave the Owls the lead for good 52-50. The Flyers trailed by one, 58-57, with 26 seconds left after a runner dropped in for senior Patrice Lalor. However, Temple converted 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win. The Flyers shot a season-low 12.5 percent from three-point range.
FIRST ROAD WIN
Dayton cruised to a 65-51 win over Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Philadelphia. It was the Flyers’ first road win and SJU’s first home loss. All 10 Flyers who got in the game scored and freshman Andrea Hoover led the way with career highs in points (18), rebounds (8), steals (4) and field goals made (7). Senior Justine Raterman and sophomore Cassie Sant each added nine points for the Dayton cause. Senior Casey Nance had a season-high 10 rebounds and senior Elle Queen had a career-high five steals.
A-10 ROOKIE REPEAT
Andrea Hoover averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals, as the freshman guard helped Dayton to a 1-1 week, including a 65-51 road win at Saint Joseph’s and a heartbreaking 61-57 loss to Temple at home. The Bellbrook, Ohio, native registered career highs in points (18), rebounds (8), steals (4) and field goals made (7) against the Hawks, as she was the only Flyer to score in double figures to lead Dayton to its first road win of the 2011-12 season. Hoover had six points and four rebounds in a tough loss to the Owls in a nationally-televised ESPN2 game. The award marks the second for Hoover this year, as she was previously named Rookie of the Week on Jan. 2. She is the only A-10 freshman to receive the award on two occasions so far this season.
The Flyers have two impressive freshmen this season: 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. Hoover has already started 11 games and is Dayton’s second leading scorer, averaging 10.1 points, and 25.3 minutes per game. Malott is third on the team in scoring with 7.2 ppg, has started two games and averages 18.6 minutes per game.
Justine Raterman has 815 career rebounds, sixth all-time at UD. She needs 83 to move into fifth all-time, currently held by Theresa Yingling (‘82-86) with 898.
PATRICE IS RIGHT ON POINT
Senior point guard Patrice Lalor has 438 career assists, sixth all-time at UD. Lalor needs three to move into UD’s Top 5. Leah Abla (1981-85) has 441, Pam Palmer (1980-84) has 443 and Cindy Frericks (1986-90) is third with 450. She’s led the Flyers in that category all three seasons. She is a 2011 A-10 Preseason Third Team selection. She is third in the A-10 this season with 4.47 assists per game. She leads the A-10 in assist/turnover with 2.2.
NANCE’S BLOCK PARTY
Senior Casey Nance is second all-time on Dayton’s career blocks list with 196. The 6-foot-5 center needs 26 to move to the top of the list past Michelle Kruty’s 222. She was a 2011 Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Defensive Team selection. This is the first year she hasn’t had a knee surgery prior to the season. Nance had knee surgeries for a microfracture prior to her freshman and sophomore seasons, and an osteotomy prior to her junior season. Nance is also 11th in UD’s record book for rebounds with 650. She needs 11 to move to 10th held by Nikki Oakland (2004-08) with 661.
REAL DEAL RATERMAN
Senior Justine Raterman is a 2010-11 First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection. The three-time A-10 All Championship Team selection has led Dayton in scoring in each of her three seasons and currently has 1,607, fifth all-time at UD. She needs 20 to move into fourth with Beverly Crusoe (1977-80) who has 1,627. Since UD transitioned to D-I women’s basketball in 1984-85, Raterman is Dayton’s modern-era all-time leading scorer. 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 started the first game of the season. 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.
THREE POINTS OF EXCELLENCE
Dayton has hit at least one three point shot in 333 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 2, 2001, the longest streak in the Atlantic 10 Conference and one of the top 10 streaks in the nation. The Flyers made a program record 15 three-point field goals against Buffalo in the Connecticut World Vision Classic on Nov. 25, 2011.
Senior guard Kayla Moses averaged 3.1 ppg, and 9.5 minutes per game off the bench last year. She scored a career-high 15 points at Saint Louis her freshman season. She earned her first start in UD’s game against St. Joseph’s on Jan. 20, 2011. She is averaging 2.6 ppg this season.
FIT TO BE QUEEN
In her debut in a Flyer uniform Elle Queen put up solid numbers in Dayton’s upset over then-No. 10 Michigan State on Nov. 13, 2009; 9 points and 6 rebounds. She averaged 4.9 ppg and 3.4 rpg, coming off the bench in all 33 contests in her first season for UD. Last year she averaged 5.3 ppg and 4.0 rpg in 33 games with 23 starts. She came to the Flyers from Colorado State where she saw action in all 32 games during the 2007-08 campaign. She ranked third on the team in both scoring and rebounding as a freshman. She tallied a season-high 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a win over UNLV in the opening round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament. She earned UD’s Coaches Award for the second conecutive season and is a co-captain again this season. Queen scored a career-high 17 points in UD’s 98-78 win over Cal State-Bakersfield on Dec. 22, 2010. She is averaging a career-best 6.3 ppg and has also started 10 games this season. She has missed two games to turf toe (Nov. 25& 26 against Buffalo and Fairleigh Dickinson).
WILLIS WALKS THIS WAY
Staci Willis, a walk-on from Cincinnati, appeared in nine games for Dayton during the 2008-09 season,10 games in 2009-10 and five games last year. She has already appeared in four games this season.
Sam MacKay was named a McDonald’s All-American Nominee and was the District 10 Player of the Year and Ohio Central Conference Player of the Year. She averaged 1.8 ppg and 1.3 apg and saw action in 26 games as back-up point guard as a freshman. She had a career-best five assists against Milwaukee-Wisconsin. MacKay scored a then-career-high 12 points on a nationally-televised ESPN2 broadcast in Dayton’s 63-59 setback to No. 9 Xavier on Jan. 9, 2011. She also tied a career high with five assists against the Musketeers. She dished five assists against Temple to help UD advance to the A-10 final. This year she is averaging a career-best 4.5 ppg and scored a career-high 14 points against Binghamton to help the Flyers claim the 2011 Saint Peter’s College Holiday Classic championship.
IRON LADY CASEY
Senior Casey Nance has played in all 116 games of her career (this despite having three major knee surgeries during her college career). With three more she will enter Dayton’s Top 10 for most games played. She has 107 starts in her career. Patrice Lalor has played 115 games with 113 starts and Justine Raterman has 115 games with 114 starts.
ROUND 3 FOR APPLEWHITE
Flyer junior Olivia Applewhite brings a powerful presence in the paint. She appeared in 28 of the Flyers’ games as a freshman. Against Navy, Applewhite scored eight points and brought down eight rebounds. She’s eclisped that as a sophomore, notching a career-high 10 points against No. 24/25 Michigan State. She earned her first career start in the opener against Penn State her sophomore season. Applewhite again topped her career high with 12 points against UIC, and once again with 14 vs. Toledo. Applewhite had a then-career-high 13 rebounds to go along with 12 points for her first collegiate double-double against La Salle (1/26/11). She played in all 33 games and averaged 5.3 ppg. This season she crushed her career high in rebounds after pulling down 18 against FDU on Nov. 26 at the UConn World Vision Classic. That is the 11th best single-game rebounding performance in UD program history. She is averaging 5.7 ppg and 4.3 rpg this season.
Flyer sophomore Cassie Sant’s scoring average is more than doubled from her rookie season. She is Dayton’s fourth leading scorer this year with 7.1 ppg, compared to 3.5 as a freshman. She scored a career-high 16 points in Dayton’s win over Binghamton to claim the Saint Peter’s College Holiday Classic (12/30/11) and was named to the all-tournament team. She earned her first career-double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds against Rhode Island (1/7/12).