Feb. 11, 2007
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CINCINNATI - Visiting Dayton could not fight off a cold shooting performance and a strong Xavier duo as the Flyers lost to the Musketeers, 80-52 on Sunday. With the loss, UD falls to 9-16 overall and 4-6 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
After a basket to open the game, Dayton missed 10 consecutive shots from the field and would never recover. The Flyers were held to 20-for-71 (.282) shooting overall on the afternoon including just 3-of-15 from three-point range. In contrast, Xavier made 28-of-61 (.459) shots from the field including nine treys.
Junior Nikki Oakland was the lone Flyer to reach double figures in scoring. She finished with 13 points, five rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist in 25 minutes of action.
Xavier was led by 21 points and 13 rebounds from Amber Harris as well as 19 points from Suntana Granderson.
Junior Kathy Guin finished with eight points and two assists for Dayton while fellow junior Ashley Armstrong scored seven points off the bench.
Brittany Holterman collected a team-high 10 rebounds including six on the offensive end of the court. She was followed by six by Kendel Ross who also scored six points.
Dayton started the scoring on its first possession on a hook shot in front of the basket by Brittany Holterman just 39 seconds into the contest. Xavier came back with 11 straight points by four different players over the next 3:51 to build an 11-2 advantage. UD missed 10 consecutive shots from the field during the stretch before Kathy Guin drilled a trey from the right corner at the 13:24 mark to pull the Flyers within six at 11-5.
The cold shooting continued throughout the first half for Dayton as the Flyers made just 8-of-33 (.242) shots in the first 20 minutes of play to fall behind 40-19 at halftime. UD forced XU into 11 turnovers, but only earned six points off those mistakes. Nikki Oakland led Dayton with six points and four rebounds in the first half while Brittany Holterman added four points and five rebounds. Karah Cloxton came off the bench to record two points, three steals and two assists in the first half.
Dayton started off strong in the second half by making 4-of-9 shots from the field including 1-of-3 from three-point range over the first 4:19. Kelly Keil and Kathy Guin each had four points during the stretch that brought UD within 19 at 49-30.
Unfortunately the Flyer would get no closer for the remainder of the game as Suntana Granderson scored 12 second-half points for the Musketeers. Dayton countered with eight points in the second half by Kelly Keil, but made just 12-of-38 shots in the final 20 minutes of an 80-52 defeat.
UD closes out a stretch of four out of five games on the road on Thursday when they face Rhode Island. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET for a game that can be followed with live audio and Gametracker at www.DaytonFlyers.com.