The University of Dayton women’s basketball team had a bye week heading into its nationally-televised ESPNU game against Xavier this Sunday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. ET at the Cintas Center. Dayton brings a 14-5 overall record and 6-1 mark in Atlantic 10 play, tied for second place. The Musketeers are 5-15 overall and 10th in the A-10 standings at 2-5. This will be the first of two regular season meetings between the Flyers and Musketeers this season.
Those attending the Xavier Bus Trip: Please arrive at UD Arena, North A lot at 9:00 a.m. The buses will leave at 9:15 a.m. The UD/Xavier game marks their annual canned food drive; if possible please support their cause by bringing canned goods. We will arrive back at UD Arena around 2 p.m. Wear red!
Dayton, winners of eight of its last nine games, leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring with 71.1 ppg (44th in NCAA). Senior Justine Raterman leads Dayton in scoring (13.6 ppg – 8th in A-10) and rebounding (6.3 rpg). Senior Patrice Lalor leads UD in assists with 83 (3rd in A-10) and leads the A-10 in assist/turnover ratio (2.13 - 19th in NCAA), senior Elle Queen leads UD in steals with 35 (4th in A-10) and senior Casey Nance leads UD in blocks with 26 (6th in A-10). The Flyers are outscoring opponents by an average of +10.7 ppg (2nd in A-10 only behind St. Bonaventure’s +10.8). UD leads the A-10 in assists with 16.5 apg (19th in NCAA).
SCOUTING THE MUSKETEERS
Xavier is last in the A-10 in turnover margin at -6.8. XU is averaging 58.8 ppg. Four of the Musketeers’ five wins have come at home this season. Tyeasha Moss leads Xavier in scoring (13.4 ppg - 9th in A-10), in assists (65 - 9th in A-10) and steals (18). Lynette Holmes adds 12.0 ppg and Jessica Pachko puts up 10.5 ppg and 8.3 rpg (4th in A-10).
Dayton has played Xavier more times than any other program and owns a 31-28 lead in the series over XU. The Musketeers have won the last five meetings; three of the last six games have gone into overtime. The last meeting was in the Atlantic 10 Championship final on March 7, 2011 with No. 1 seed Xavier coming from behind to pull off the 67-60 win over No. 6 seed Flyers, whose Justine Raterman played with a torn ACL.
The Flyers host Charlotte this Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. ET at UD Arena in their annual Math Day. More than 6,000 school children will be in attendance.
RATERMAN A TOP 10 FINALIST
Dayton’s Justine Raterman is a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Top 10 finalist. 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/ and Facebook:facebook.com/LowesSeniorCLASSAward. The other finalists are: Denise Beliveau (New Hampshire), Brittany Carter (Memphis), Lauren Edwards (Princeton), Amanda Johnson (Oregon), Emilie Johnson (UC Santa Barbara), Michelle Kurowski (UMBC), Natalie Novosel (Notre Dame), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Stanford) and Brittany Rayburn (Purdue). Raterman and UC Santa Barbara's Emilie Johnson are cousins.
Raterman was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 First Team selection Feb. 2 and now moves on to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
LAST TIME OUT
Andrea Hoover scored a career-high 22 points and tied a career high with eight rebounds, and Justine Raterman registered her 21st career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 74-56 Atlantic 10 road win over George Washington on Jan. 28. Cassie Sant contributed 14 points for the Flyers. Senior Elle Queen scored nine points, converting a career-high three treys. She also equaled her career high in assists with a game-best six helpers.
Dayton won 81-78 against Richmond in overtime on Jan. 25. With five seconds left in regulation, Justine Raterman sank two free throws to tie the game at 71 and force overtime. Raterman led the Flyers in scoring with 19 points to become Dayton’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,643 career points. She added 12 rebounds and shot 100 percent (8-of-8) from the free throw line. Casey Nance finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, adding two blocks.
Dayton used balanced, efficient scoring in a 62-37 win over Fordham on Jan. 21. The 37 points scored by the Rams is the lowest total the Flyers have held an opponent to this season. Patrice Lalor paced all scorers with 13 points to lead the Flyers, who shot a season-high 48.9 percent from the field. Andrea Hoover had 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds.
SANT STEPS UP AT UMASS
Dayton built a big lead and came away with an 80-55 Atlantic 10 win over Massachusetts Jan. 18. Cassie Sant put up a career-high 17 points.
FLYERS FIRST A-10 LOSS
The Flyers dropped their first Atlantic 10 conference game of the season, 61-57, against Temple Jan. 15. 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 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 Casey Nance had a season-high 10 rebounds and senior Elle Queen had a career-high five steals.
A-10 ROOKIE THREE-PEAT
For the third time this season, Andrea Hoover was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week. She was honored for games played during the week of Jan. 23-29. Hoover scored a career-high 22 points, equaled her career high with eight rebounds and sank a career-high eight (8-of-8) free throws in Dayton’s 74-56 road win over George Washington. She also had six rebounds and five points, including UD’s final free throw of the game in Dayton’s 81-78 overtime win over Richmond. Hoover is the only player to earn the honor three times this season: she was previously named Rookie of the Week on Jan. 2 and Jan. 16.
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 14 games and is Dayton’s second leading scorer, averaging 9.3 points per game. Malott is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.2 ppg and has started two games.
Justine Raterman has 842 career rebounds, sixth all-time at UD. She needs 56 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 454 career assists, third all-time at UD. Lalor needs 42 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 4.4 assists per game. She leads the A-10 in assist/turnover with 2.1.
NANCE’S BLOCK PARTY
Senior Casey Nance is second all-time on Dayton’s career blocks list with 200. The 6-foot-5 center needs 22 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 673. She needs 41 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 1,658, fourth all-time at UD. She needs 192 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. 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. She was recently named a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Top 10 Finalist.
IRON LADY CASEY
Senior Casey Nance has played in all 120 games of her career (this despite having three major knee surgeries during her college career). She is tied for 8th all-time at UD for games played. She has 111 starts in her career. Patrice Lalor has played 119 games with 117 starts and Justine Raterman has 119 games with 118 starts.
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 3.5 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).
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.
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.
THREE POINTS OF EXCELLENCE
Dayton has hit at least one three point shot in 337 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 2, 2001, the longest streak in the Atlantic 10 Conference and one of the top 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.
WHEN THEY WIN, THEY WIN BIG
In Dayton’s 14 victories this season they are winning by +19.6 ppg. The Flyers are also +8.1 in rebounding margin in wins this season.
KEYS TO VICTORY
The Flyers are 13-0 this season when leading at the half. Dayton is 6-0 when scoring 80 or more points. UD is 8-0 when its defense allows 60 points or less.
Dayton is coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and loses just one starter from the 2010-11 squad that advanced to the finals of the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time in program history.The Flyers earned their fourth consecutive postseason berth and second straight NCAA at-large berth in 2010-11.
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.
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.
The UD women’s basketball schedule features games against 15 teams that earned postseason berths and five that won conference titles, including seven-time National Champion Connecticut.
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 370-343 in his 25th season and his UD record is 150-120 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 106-48 record (.688 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.
BW IS SIDELINED FOR 2011-12
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.