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George Washington stuns UD women in A-10 tourney semifinals

Published: Saturday, March 03, 2018 @ 3:41 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 03, 2018 @ 3:42 PM

            Dayton’s Shauna Green watches the action during a game against Duquesne on Jan. 31, 2018, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton’s Shauna Green watches the action during a game against Duquesne on Jan. 31, 2018, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

The entry pass from Dayton guard Jenna Burdette was low to the ground and slipped through the hands of Alex Harris, a post player for the Flyers.

The ball rolled out of bounds with 18 seconds left in the game Saturday, and with it most likely the chance for UD to repeat as Atlantic 10 Conference tournament champions.

Burdette would score a few seconds later after a GW free throw, but the No. 5 seed Colonials made 11 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter to stun the top-seeded Flyers 58-53 in the tournament semifinals at the Richmond Coliseum.

The game had eight lead changes and GW had just one turnover, while UD trailed at halftime for the first time since a Dec. 6 loss to Green Bay.

GW advances to the title game while UD will wait to see if it gains an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

“Our body of work has to speak for itself. I think we deserve to be in,” said UD’s Shauna Green, who won the title in 2017 in her first year as the Flyers head coach.

The turnover in the final seconds culminated a tough day for Burdette, the all-conference guard who missed 10 of her first 12 shots and finished with 11 points on 5 of 18 shots from the field. She combined for 29 points in a pair of regular-season wins over GW.

“They are really physical with her,” Green said of Burdette. “I have to step back and realize we are so use to her making those shots. … The girl has played 40 minutes a game all year and nearly her entire career.”

Jayla Scaife had 12 points and eight rebounds for UD, JaVonna Layfield had 10 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute and Lauren Cannatelli had 10 points.

UD made just 32.7 percent of its shots from the field, including just 4 of 16 from 3-point range. The Flyers had 11 turnovers.

“I think we just had a couple of lapses” on defense, Harris said.

“Energy is something we always talk about,” Burdette said. “Today was just not that day. We just didn’t execute.”

Kelsi Mahoney made a 3-pointer as GW built the lead to 47-40 with 4:05 remaining. She made another 3-pointer with 2:00 left as the Colonials took a 50-44 advantage.

Scaife made one free throw with 56.4 seconds to go to trim the margin to 50-47.

GW’s Mei-Lyn Bautista hit two free throws to push the lead to five with 38.6 seconds to go.

Burdette hit a driving, lefty layup in traffic to trim the margin to 53-51 with 23.2 seconds remaining. But the Colonials hit five free downs the rest of the way to ice the win.

Brianna Cummings had 10 of her 15 points in the first half to lead GW.

GW head coach Jennifer Rizzotti, a former All-American at UConn, said UD deserves an at-large bid.

“We had to play well to beat Dayton today,” she said.

The Flyers won the conference tourney title last year under Green, in her first season. Green said the feeling in the locker rom Saturday eminded her of 2015, when as an assistant coach with UD the Flyers lost in the tourney title game to George Washington.

“It was back and forth the entire game. We couldn’t hit shots we normally hit,” Green said of the Saturday loss. “We wanted to be playing tomorrow. It is really, really hard to win this thing. We are going to regroup and get back at it.”

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Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell era ends with blowout loss to Central Michigan

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:58 PM

Kelsey Mitchell and Kevin McGuff react to Ohio State’s loss to Central Michigan and the end of her great career.

Central Michigan looked far from an 11 seed Monday night. 

The Chippewas crushed third-seeded Ohio State 95-78 at St. John Arena to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. 

That brought an end to the brilliant career of Ohio State point guard Kelsey Mitchell. 

She scored 28 points to finish with 3,402 for her career. 

That is No. 1 at Ohio State and in Big Ten annals while trailing only Washington’s Kelsey Plum on the NCAA’s all-time list (3,527). Mitchell passed Jackie Stiles of Missouri State to move into second place with a breakaway layup in the fourth quarter. 

The three-time Big Ten Player of the Year also holds the NCAA record for 3-pointers with 497. 

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Ohio State led by as many as 10 in the first quarter, but the Chippewas scored the last four points of the stanza to close within 15-9. 

CMU hung around despite missing 13 of 16 shots in the first quarter.  

Ohio State was 6 for 16 but committed four turnovers, but that was spectacular compared to a disastrous second quarter for the Buckeyes. 

The Big Ten champions missed 11 of 13 shots from the field and committed six turnovers against an aggressive CMU defense and while being outscored 25-6. 

“First of all, give Central Michigan credit,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. “They played a great game and they deserved to win. They were outstanding today and they’ve got a great basketball team.

“They were well-prepared and their kids really executed at a high level tonight, but I don’t think we handled the adversity of them making shots or them going on a run. We kind of got out of the things that make us a good basketball team. And when that happened, they really made us pay.” 

The Chippewas used a 20-1 run that started late in the first quarter to open up a 25-16. 

Mitchell halted that by rattling home a jumper from the elbow with 3:12 on the clock. 

She had a chance to make it a three-point game with 2:18 left but missed a free throw. 

Then the Buckeyes gave up three consecutive 3-pointers, two wide-open looks for Cassie Breen and one a fadeaway by Presley Hudson off the dribble. 

That plunged the Buckeyes into a 34-21 hole from which they never recovered.

Ohio State shot 27.6 percent in the first half and committed 10 turnovers. 

Central Michigan made 30.6 percent of its shots, had only five turnovers and enjoyed a 28-20 rebounding advantage. 

The Chippewas extended their lead in the third quarter with an out-of-this-world shooting performance. 

They made 11 of 16 field goals, including 7 of 8 from 3-point range to extend their lead to 67-46. 

The Buckeyes found some offense in the third, but not nearly enough. 

Ohio State was still outscored 33-25 in the stanza and never got closer than 13 in the fourth quarter. 

“I guess it just felt like everything was going in,” Hudson said of the second half. “We got a lot of open shots and even if we weren’t open we felt like we could make ‘em.” 

Hudson led Central Michigan with 28 points while Breen had 22. 

Stephanie Mavunga scored 16 points for Ohio State while fellow senior Linnae Harper added 14.

“They did a good job of capitalizing on everything we did wrong,” Mavunga said. “They never let up.” 

The Buckeyes had a seven-game winning streak in NCAA tournament games at St. John Arena snapped. 

Central Michigan ended up making 14 of 27 from 3-point range and won the battle of the boards 46-35. 

Ohio State was knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the second round for the first time since 2015. 

The Buckeyes advanced to the Sweet 16 the past two seasons but haven’t been to the Elite Eight since 1993, when they made their only Final Four and lost in the national championship game to Texas Tech.  

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Bodine leaves Bengals for Bills

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 6:28 PM

            ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 09: Russell Bodine #61 of the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 09: Russell Bodine #61 of the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Russell Bodine will not return to the Cincinnati Bengals after signing with the Buffalo Bills on Monday.

Bodine started all 64 games at center after the Bengals traded up to draft him in the fourth round in 2015. The unrestricted free agent signed a two-year contract with the Bills.

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The only center on the Bengals roster is T.J. Johnson, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who has appeared in 45 games with five starts, all at guard.

The Bengals could look to add depth at the position by signing one of the veteran free agents available, but the 2018 starter could be a player they select in the 2018 draft next month.

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The Bengals own the 21st pick after trading back nine spots to obtain tackle Cordy Glenn from Buffalo.

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Dayton has two scholarships open as another player leaves

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 5:18 PM

Dayton’s Matej Svoboda looks to pass against Auburn on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton’s Matej Svoboda looks to pass against Auburn on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Dayton Flyers freshman Matej Svoboda will leave the program after one season to return home to the Czech Republic, according to a source.

Svoboda’s departure means Dayton has two scholarships open for the 2018-19 season. Xeyrius Williams announced he was transferring earlier this month.

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Svoboda, a 6-foot-7 forward, will play professional basketball in his home country. He appeared in 28 games this past season for the Flyers, averaging 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game. He shot 20 percent from 3-point range (9 of 45).

Svoboda was recruited by Archie Miller’s staff and committed to Dayton in February of 2017. He signed with Dayton in May despite not having met new coach Anthony Grant in person.

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Svoboda was one of five members of the 2017 freshman class and one of six Flyers to make their college debuts last season.

Like many of the Flyers, Svoboda’s minutes dipped and climbed throughout the season, but he found a role as a contributor off the bench late in the season. He never developed into a consistent scoring threat and didn’t score in four of his last five appearances. He missed his last six 3-pointers. He scored his season high of nine points in the fourth game of the season against Akron.

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Dayton’s 2018 holiday tournament shaping up to be a tough one

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 4:42 PM

Dayton players huddle before a game against Duquesne on Feb. 7 at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton players huddle before a game against Duquesne on Feb. 7 at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Tickets are now on sale for the Battle 4 Atlantis, the November tournament in the Bahamas that will include the Dayton Flyers. On paper, it looks like one of the best in-season tournaments ever to have Dayton in the field.

Even if the Flyers are much improved from a 14-17 season, they might be the big underdog. The tournament features four teams from the 2018 NCAA tournament. It also includes three programs Dayton played in the NCAA tournament in 2014 and 2015. The top six conferences are represented: ACC, Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, Pac 12 and Big East.

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The tournament takes place Nov. 21-23 on Paradise Island, Bahamas. Here’s a glance at the eight teams with 2018 RPI in parentheses:

1. Virginia (1): The Cavaliers ranked No. 1 in the RPI and received the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament. Of course, by now, everyone knows what happened next.

2. Middle Tennessee State (33): The Blue Raiders were snubbed by the NCAA tournament selection committee despite a 25-8 record. They also lost their coach, Kermit Davis, after 16 seasons. He’s now the head coach at Mississippi.

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3.  Butler (41): The Bulldogs finished 21-14, losing 76-73 to Purdue in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

4. Florida (46): The Gators beat St. Bonaventure 77-62 in the first round before losing 69-66 to Texas Tech on Saturday. Florida beat Dayton 62-52 in the Elite Eight in 2014.

5. Oklahoma (49): The Sooners finished 18-14. They lost 83-78 to Rhode Island in the first round. Oklahoma knocked Dayton out of the tournament in 2015, winning 72-66 in the second round in Columbus.

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6. Stanford (86): The Cardinal finished 19-15. They missed the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight season. They played Dayton in their last NCAA tournament game, losing 82-72 in the Sweet 16 in 2014.

7. Wisconsin (113): The Badgers saw their streak of 19 straight NCAA tournament appearances end this year. They finished 15-18. It was their first losing season since 1997-98 (12-19).

8. Dayton (147): Dayton’s streak of four NCAA appearances ended this March. The Flyers lose one starter, Darrell Davis, and return leading scorer Josh Cunningham (15.4 points per game).

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