Game Notes - PDF | Dayton Women's Basketball Virtual Guide
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 - 2 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh, Pa. - A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406 capacity)
Radio: 1660 AM Information Radio (Shane White)
Live Stats: DaytonFlyers.com
Live Video Stream: goduquesne.com
The University of Dayton women’s basketball team will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. for its final regular season game Saturday, Feb. 25 against Duquesne. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. The Flyers (19-6, 10-2 Atlantic 10) are currently third in the league. The Dukes (19-9, 7-6 A-10) are currently sixth in the conference standings. The top 12 teams advance to the conference tournament and top four get a first-round bye.
Dayton leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring (71.4 ppg), scoring margin (+11.6) and assists (16.4 apg) and is second in blocked shots (4.2 bpg) and turnover margin (+4.4). Senior Justine Raterman leads the Flyers with 14.0 ppg (T-5th in A-10) and 6.3 rpg. Patrice Lalor leads the Flyers in assists with 116 (3rd in A-10), while senior Elle Queen leads UD in steals with 49 (4th in A-10). The Flyers tied the UD women’s basketball program record for Atlantic 10 victories in a season with their win over Xavier Feb. 22. Dayton also reached 11 conference wins during the 2009-10 season.
SCOUTING THE DUKES
Duquesne is led by sophomore Wumi Agunbiade who puts up 14.7 ppg (4th in A-10) and also leads the Dukes in rebounding (6.6 rpg – 13th in A-10) and blocked shots (35). Senior Alex Gensler puts up 13.9 ppg as well as leading the team with91 assists. Duquesne leads the Atlantic 10 in steals with 12 per game.
The Flyers have clinched a first-round bye in the 2012 Buick Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Championship in Philadelphia March 2-5. They will open tournament play March 3 in the quarterfinals.
LAST TIME OUT
Dayton dominated rival Xavier on Feb. 22, defeating the Musketeers 83-54 in its last regular season home game of 2011-12 at UD Arena. Justine Raterman led the Flyers with 25 points. She made a game-high four 3-point field goals. The senior now has the second-most three-point field goals in program history with 175.
SENIOR DAY SPECIAL
Dayton rolled to a 72-54 win against Saint Louis Billikens on senior day at UD Arena Feb. 18. Dayton had a balanced scoring attack, which was led by senior Patrice Lalor and freshman Andrea Hoover’s 14 points. Senior Casey Nance also scored in double figures with 11 points.
HOOVER AND RATERMAN COMBINE FOR 42 IN WIN OVER LA SALLE
The Flyers overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat La Salle 58-49 Feb. 15 at Tom Gola Arena. UD outscored La Salle 36-16 in the second half to pull out the Atlantic 10 victory. Freshman Andrea Hoover tied her career high with 22 points and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds to pace UD. Senior Justine Raterman 20 points and equaled her career high with three blocked shots.
Dayton jumped out to a big lead on Xavier and then held on for the 74-65 A-10 victory on Feb. 5 at the Cintas Center in front of 1,664 fans on the ESPNU nationally-televised game. Cassie Sant paced the Flyers with 16 points and six rebounds in 17 minutes of action.
VOTE FOR JUSTINE
Dayton’s Justine Raterman is a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Top 10 finalist. Your vote can make the difference! Fan balloting counts for one third of the total vote, with the remaining two thirds determined by NCAA Division I coaches and national media members. You can vote daily at seniorclassaward.com/vote/
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Justine Raterman has 879 career rebounds, sixth all-time at UD. She needs 19 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 487 career assists, third all-time at UD. Lalor needs nine to move into second with Stephanie Miller (99-04) with 496. Lalor has 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 4.3 assists per game. She leads the A-10 in assist/turnover with 2.3, which is also 11th in the nation.
NANCE’S BLOCK PARTY
Senior Casey Nance is second all-time on Dayton’s career blocks list with 209. The 6-foot-5 center needs 13 to move to the top of the list with 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 10th in UD’s record book for rebounds with 696. She needs 18 to move to ninth held by Kendel Ross (2006-10) with 714.
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 1,748, fourth all-time at UD. She needs 102 points to move into third all-time with Donna Burks (1980-84) with 1,850. Since UD transitioned to D-I women’s basketball in 1984-85, Raterman is Dayton’s modern-era all-time leading scorer.
MAKING IT A HABIT
For the 17th consecutive year - every season since joining the league - the University of Dayton advanced to the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship in 2011-12.
WHEN THEY WIN, THEY WIN BIG
In Dayton’s 19 victories this season they are winning by +19.1 ppg. The Flyers are also +6.7 in rebounding margin in wins this season.
KEYS TO VICTORY
The Flyers are 17-1 this season when leading at the half. Dayton is 8-0 when scoring 80 or more points. UD is 11-1 when its defense allows 60 points or less.
IRON LADY CASEY
Senior Casey Nance has played in all 126 games of her career (this despite having three major knee surgeries during her college career). She is tied for fifth all-time at UD for games played. She has 117 starts in her career. Patrice Lalor has played 125 games with 123 starts and Justine Raterman has 125 games with 124 starts. Their 125 games played is tied for eighth all-time.
Flyer sophomore Cassie Sant’s scoring average is more than doubled from her rookie season. She is Dayton’s third leading scorer this year with 8.2 ppg, compared to 3.4 as a freshman. She scored a then 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). She passed her career high with 17 points in UD’s win over UMass (1/18/12).
In 14 of their 19 wins this season, the Flyers have outscored their opponents by 10 points or more. They have scored at least 80 points in nine out of their 19 wins this season including three 90+ point games. The 97 points against Rhode Island, the 94 points against Buffalo and the 91 points against Charlotte are the three highest totals in the A-10 this season.