The Flyers host Temple this Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. ET at UD Arena in an ESPN2 nationally-televised game. It is a battle of the two teams picked in the preseason to win the 2011-12 Atlantic 10 women’s basketball title. It’s also the Flyers’ Pack the House challenge and fans who wear red will get a discounted ticket price of $3 for adults and $1 for children (must wear red to receive the discounted ticket price). Dayton has won seven of its last eight games and is 4-0 at home this season, while the Owls are 3-3 in road games.
Dayton is 10-4 overall and 2-0 in Atlantic 10 with conference wins over Rhode Island and Saint Joseph’s. UD leads the A-10 in scoring with 71.2 ppg. Senior Justine Raterman leads the Flyers in scoring (14.1 ppg – 6th in the A-10) and in rebounding (6.1 rpg). Freshman Andrea Hoover is also averaging double figure scoring with 10.4 ppg. Senior Patrice Lalor leads Dayton in assists with 4.57 per game (2nd in the A-10). Senior Casey Nance paces the defense with 1.5 blocks per game (6th in the A-10) and senior Elle Queen has a team-high 1.75 steals per game (8th in the A-10), including a career-high five in Dayton’s 65-51 win over SJU.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
Temple is 7-8 overall and 1-1 in the A-10. Four of the Owls’ losses have been to nationally ranked teams: 70-66 to No. 24/25* Ohio State, 71-59 to No. 5/4* Texas, 71-50 to No. 11/12* Rutgers, and 65-54 to No. 8/7* Duke. *National rankings at the time Temple played its opponent. Senior Shey Peddy (a transfer from Wright State) leads the Owls with 15.2 ppg (2nd in the A-10) and 2.9 steals per game (3rd in the A-10). Senior Kristen McCarthy leads Temple in rebounds with 6.6 per game and adds 13.1 ppg . Senior BJ Williams has dished a team-high 4.57 assists per game (3rd in the A-10).
The series between Dayton and Temple is tied at 11-11. The Flyers are 6-3 when playing Temple at home, including the last meeting at UD Arena, a 71-63 UD win on Feb. 20, 2010. Last year the two teams split as well; the Owls winning in Philadelphia 76-52 on Feb. 19, 2011. Dayton’s Justine Raterman missed that game with a concussion. Olivia Applewhite had a team-high 12 points in the game, in which the Flyers shot just 24.6 percent from the field. Dayton avenged the loss by winning 75-67 in the A-10 semifinals in Lowell, Mass. on March 6, 2011. Raterman, who tore her ACL in that game, had 15 points to help the Flyers advance to the program’s first ever A-10 championship final.
The Flyers will be on the road for their next two Atlantic 10 games starting with an 11:45 a.m. ET matchup against Massachusetts on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, followed by a trip to the Bronx where they will take on Fordham Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at 2 p.m. ET.
LAST TIME OUT
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.
LARGE MARGIN OF VICTORY
UD cruised to a 97-46 win over the Rhode Island Rams in both teams’ Atlantic 10 conference openers on Jan. 7. Olivia Applewhite scored a career-high 18 points. Cassie Sant recorded her first career double-double with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and snagged a career-high 11 rebounds. The Dayton defense forced a season-high 30 turnovers, including a season-high 17 steals. The 51-point margin of victory is the second largest in the Jim Jabir era at UD.
Justine Raterman and Andrea Hoover were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week for games played from Dec. 19 through Jan. 1. The UD duo is the first to sweep the A-10’s weekly awards since Dec. 28, 2008.Raterman averaged 20.8 ppg and 8.5 rpg over Dayton’s last four games, including wins over Illinois (80-66), South Florida (73-63) and Binghamton (60-50). She sank a career-high seven 3-point field goals on her way to a season-best 26 points in Dayton’s 73-63 win over South Florida on Dec. 29. Hoover tied a career high with 16 points and four assists in Dayton’s 80-66 victory over Illinois in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. Hoover had 14 points in Dayton’s 73-63 win over South Florida on Dec. 29 in the Saint Peter’s College Holiday Classic. She was Dayton’s second leading scorer during the two tournaments, averaging 11.8 points per game.
DAYTON CLAIMS SPC TITLE
UD captured the Saint Peter’s College Holiday Classic with wins over South Florida and Binghamton on Dec. 29 and 30. Senior Justine Raterman was named MVP of the SPC Holiday Classic and sophomore Cassie Sant was named to the all-tournament team. Dayton finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with an 8-4 record.
COMING OUT EVEN IN VEGAS
Dayton went 1-1 at the Las Vegas South Point Holiday Hoops Classic. The Flyers won their first game of the tournament with an 80-66 win over Illinois. The next day UD suffered an 82-76 setback to No. 24 Gonzaga. Senior Justine Raterman was named to the all-tournament team, averaging 23.5 ppg.
UD has seven seniors on the team this season: De’Sarae Chambers, Patrice Lalor, Casey Nance, Kayla Moses, Elle Queen, Justine Raterman and Staci Willis. The seniors have won 20+ games in each of their seasons. Also advanced to postseason every year, including program’s first ever NCAA D-I Tournament.
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 played in three regular season tournaments this season: World Vision Classic (Nov. 25-27) hosted by Connecticut, Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic (Dec. 20-21) and Saint Peter’s College Holiday Classic (Dec. 29-30) in Jersey City, N.J. Dayton was runner-up in the first two tournaments and claimed the SPC Holiday Classic title with wins over South Florida and Binghamton. Justine Raterman was named to the all-tournament team of the Vegas Classic and MVP of the SPC Classic. Sophomore Cassie Sant was named to the all-tournament team of the SPC Classic.
EYE ON THE PRIZE
When the Flyers stepped on the floor to take on Buffalo on Friday, Nov. 25 in the World Vision Classic it was their first game in nine days - their last game was a 75-64 loss to Cincinnati on Nov. 16 at Fifth Third Arena. The offense clicked in a 94-74 win over Buffalo. The Flyers had a season-high 35 field goals made, 15 three-point field goals made, 26 assists and 15 steals. The 15 threes made, as well as the 42 attempts from behind the arc, are both UD program single-game records. The 15 converted treys is two better than the previous high of 13 the Flyers set last year against Minnesota on Nov. 21, 2010. The 42 attempts is 11 more than the previous UD record of 31 against St. John’s in 2003. Ten players scored for the Flyers, including four in double figures, in an 84-48 win over Fairleigh Dickinson in UD’s second game of the World Vision Classic. The Flyers fell to No. 2/2 Connecticut 78-38 in the championship game.
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.
RATERMAN’S 1500TH POINT
Justine Raterman scored her 1,000th point against Wright State her junior season. She hit another milestone against the Raiders this year on Dec. 6. She scored a game-high 18 points and hit 1,500 career points exactly.
SMART AND CLASSY
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.
RATERMAN IN SELECT COMPANY
Justine Raterman was one of 30 women’s basketball players selected as a candidate for the 2011-12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Raterman was also named to the 2011-12 Preseason Top 30 list for the Wooden Award. 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).
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 366-342 in his 25th season and his UD record is 146-119 in his ninth season. UD’s game against Connecticut on Nov. 27, 2011 marked the 700th of his head coaching career. Since the 2007-08 season he has led the Flyers to a 102-47 record (.685 winning percentage).
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.
• 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.
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.
Justine Raterman has 809 career rebounds, sixth all-time at UD. She needs 89 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 435 career assists, sixth all-time at UD. Lalor needs six 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 second in the A-10 this season with 4.57 assists per game.
NANCE’S BLOCK PARTY
Senior Casey Nance is second all-time on Dayton’s career blocks list with 195. The 6-foot-5 center needs 27 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 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 647. She needs 14 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 1,597, fifth all-time at UD. She needs 30 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.
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 10 games and is Dayton’s second leading scorer, averaging 10.4 points, and 24.4 minutes per game. Malott is third on the team in scoring with 7.6 ppg, has started two games and averages 19.1 minutes per game.
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.
THREE POINTS OF EXCELLENCE
Dayton has hit at least one three point shot in 332 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.
IT’S IN THE GENES
Casey Nance’s father, Larry Nance, played in the NBA for both the Phoenix Suns and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Also known as “Leapin’ Larry,” Mr. Nance was the first-ever Slam Dunk Champion in 1984 and a three-time NBA All-Star.
The University of Dayton women’s basketball team was named the recipient of the 2010 Erin Ritchey Memorial Volunteer Service Award. The team was recognized for their continued commitment and exceptional support to individuals with disabilities. For the last two years, the women’s basketball team also won the Flyer Challenge, a program to increase UD student-athletes’ involvement in NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills, created to support the development initiatives of NCAA member institutions and to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the context of higher education. They were also honored with the Atlantic 10 Female Sportsmanship of the Year award.
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.
ARTHUR ASHE SCHOLARS
Patrice Lalor and Casey Nance were named 2011 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars for the second consecutive season. Established in 1992 by the publication Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, the Sports Scholars Awards honor undergraduate minority student athletes who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr.
GRADUATION SUCCESS RATES
The NCAA Graduation Success Rate report on Division I student-athletes places the University of Dayton in familiar territory – among the nation’s best in graduating its student-athletes. UD’s 95 GSR in this year’s report places the University tied for 21st in the nation and tied for first in the Atlantic 10. The Flyer men’s and women’s basketball teams both have 100 GSR scores. UD’s men’s team is the only one in the Atlantic 10 with a perfect GSR, while the women are one of five. Dayton is one of just four institutions whose men’s and women’s basketball programs have perfect GSR numbers and both won at least 20 games last season. That exclusive club’s membership consists of Dayton, Duke, Notre Dame and Princeton.
The past four seasons Dayton has made the postseason tournament. In 2007-08 and 2008-09 the Flyers made WNIT appearances and UD registered its first postseason win in the modern era with a 70-55 win over Oakland in the first round of WNIT action on March 19, 2009. The Flyers made back-to-back NCAA appearances in 2009-10 and 2010-11. In 2009-10, UD earned its first NCAA tournament win with a come-from-behind victory over TCU.
OHHH MS. WILSON!
Brittany Wilson hit the biggest shot of her life, scoring just before the buzzer on a putback to cap off Dayton’s 18-point, come-from-behind victory over TCU, 67-66, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Wilson redshirted the 2008-09 season due to a knee injury. She was named to the all-tournament team of the Purdue BTI Classic in 2010. She scored 10 points and had seven rebounds against then-No. 23 Purdue. She will redshirt this 2011-12 season as well after suffering an ACL injury in the preseason.
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 2.8 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 5.8 ppg and has also started nine 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 4.8 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 115 games of her career (this despite having three major knee surgeries during her college career). With four more she will enter Dayton’s Top 10 for most games played. She has 106 starts in her career. Patrice Lalor has played 114 games with 112 starts and Justine Raterman has 114 games with 113 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 4.5 rpg this season.
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 7.5 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).
CHAMBERS OUT WITH CONCUSSION
Senior De’Sarae Chambers has missed Dayton’s last seven games due to a concussion. Prior to her injury she had started all seven games and was averaging 5.1 ppg. She also suffered a concussion last season and played in just 17 games and averaged 2.5 ppg. She averaged a career-best 6.9 ppg as a freshman.