Dec. 7, 2004
The University of Dayton women's basketball team pulled out a 65-55 win over Wright State, out-scoring the Raiders 12-2 in overtime, Tuesday night at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, OH. All 10 of Jennifer Strong's points came in the second half and overtime and Nikki Oakland added a career-high eight points to go with five blocks.
Brittany Holterman set career-highs with eight points and 10 rebounds. Emily Williams led UD with 13 points. The Flyers improve to 4-3 overall and have won the last 10 meetings with the Raiders (3-3).
Dayton trailed by as many as 10 before holding the Raiders to two field goals in the final 7:15 of regulation, and just one in overtime. The Flyers closed WSU's lead to 42-37 and after WSU stretched the lead to seven, Dayton used a 7-2 run, holding WSU without a field goal for almost four minutes to pull within two at 49-47.
Holterman made an acrobatic block on the defensive end, and on the ensuing break, Strong nailed a three from the corner while being fouled. She knocked down the foul-shot as UD took the lead, 51-49 with 2:07 to go. It was her only field goal of the game, but the sophomore forward was seven-for-seven from the line from that point on.
Tied 51-51 after a pair of free throws, Dayton beat the shot clock as Oakland converted an inside deuce to put UD on top 53-51 with 20.9 remaining. On the other end, Angie Ott banked in a low-angle shot with 8.5 seconds to go to force overtime.
Holterman put UD up 55-53 in the overtime, and the Flyers never looked back, scoring the first six points of overtime.
At the start of the game, the Flyers fell behind 6-0 early before Emily Williams cut the deficit in half with a three from the corner. Dayton continued the 9-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 9-6 lead 7:22 into the first.
After the Raiders came back to take a 10-9 lead, Dayton responded with inside buckets from Brittany Holterman and Angela Cape to re-establish the lead. But the Raiders went on a 11-0 run over the next 5:12 and the two teams traded buckets down the stretch. WSU took a 28-20 lead into the break.
Williams led the Flyers at the break with eight points.
The Flyers opened the second half with four-straight points before the Raiders answered to stake a 34-24 lead with 15:49 to go. The Flyers rallied with 6-0 run sparked by four Butler points, and after WSU responded, a Williams' three pulled UD to within five at 42-37.
Katie Butler chipped in a career-high nine rebounds as UD out-rebounded its seventh-straight opponent, 54-47.
Head coach Jim Jabir picks up the victory in his first game back from a 35-day leave of absence due to a heart ailment.
The Flyers will host Notre Dame (No. 7 AP/No. 5 Coaches) on Thursday in their second game versus a top 10 opponent in six days. Dayton fell to current No. 10/No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday. The Flyers and the Fighting Irish tip-off at 7:00 p.m. at University of Dayton Arena.