The Flyers won three games in three days to claim the 2012 Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship, earning the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
After opening the tournament with a 69-51 win over Saint Louis, Dayton avenged both its regular season A-10 losses on the road to the title. For the second consecutive season, the Flyers defeated Temple in the semifinals, this time by a score of 66-63. Dayton claimed its first-ever A-10 women’s basketball title with a 56-53 win over No 16 and top-seeded St. Bonaventure. Justine Raterman was named Most Outstanding Player of the championship and Patrice Lalor was named to the all-championship team.
Dayton NCAA notes
>> Dayton is 1-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
>> This marks the Flyers’ third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, including back-to-back seasons in which they earned at-large berths (2009-10 and 2010-11).
>> Last season (2010-11) Dayton earned the No. 11 seed and lost to host and No. 6 seed Penn State, 75-66, at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. Senior Justine Raterman was playing on a torn ACL. She played just four minutes of the second half and finished with three points and six rebounds. Patrice Lalor produced her lone career double-double with 18 points and 11 assists.
>> The Flyers earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth and win in 2009-10. Dayton earned the No. 8 seed and erased an 18-point deficit to defeat No.9 seed TCU 67-66. Kayla Moses has eight points in the win for the Flyers.
>> Dayton lost to No. 1 seed Tennessee 92-64 in the second round in Knoxville, Tenn.
• Dayton has a 23-6 overall record and 12-2 mark in Atlantic 10 action. The Flyers have won 20+ games in five consecutive seasons.
• The 12 league wins broke a UD women’s basketball program record for A-10 wins in a single season. The previous mark was 11.
• UD leads the A-10 in scoring (70.7 ppg -39th in NCAA), and assists (16.0 apg – 21st in NCAA). The Flyers are also 23rd in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.0.
• Senior Justine Raterman, a two-time First Team All-Conference selection, finished the regular season with career bests. She scored 57 points in two games; 25 in an 83-54 win over Xavier on Feb. 22, and she tied her career high with 32 points – including two free throws with eight seconds left in the game – in a 74-69 overtime win at Duquesne. The 32 points is tied for the second-best A-10 individual scoring performance this season. She hit six treys, bringing her career total to 177 and moving her to second all-time on UD’s career list for three-pointers made. She was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week . It was her second weekly honor this season and 13th of her career (including nine rookie of the week honors). She was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 A-10 Championship.
• With her five assists against Temple in Dayton’s A-10 semifinal game, senior Patrice Lalor moved to second all-time at UD for assists. She currently has 502 career assists. Her assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) leads the A-10 and 16th in NCAA. She was named to the 2012 A-10 All-Championship team.
• Senior Casey Nance has 212 career blocked shots, second all-time at UD. She needs 10 to move into first.
• Freshman Andrea Hoover was named the 2012 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, Third Team All-Atlantic 10 and All-Rookie Team. She is second for the Flyers in scoring with 9.8 ppg. She earned A-10 Rookie of the Week honors four times this season, more than any other player. In both the A-10 semifinal and championship games, Hoover knocked down critical free throws in the final seconds to give the Flyers a three-point lead.
• Senior Elle Queen is a 2012 Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team selection and she leads UD in steals with 53. Her 2.6 steals per game in A-10 games was third-best in the conference.
• Freshman Ally Malott was named to the 2012 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team along with Hoover. The Flyers were the only team with two rookies honored. Malott is averaging 6.3 ppg.