Women’s Basketball: Tennessee ‘just another team’ to Dayton

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 7:05 PM
Updated: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 7:05 PM

Flyers playing in Louisville on Saturday afternoon.

With their schedule getting tougher each year, the Dayton women’s basketball players have learned to take games against power-five conference teams in stride.

And it’s no different as they enter the NCAA Tournament on Saturday against traditional juggernaut Tennessee.

“We are just going to focus on what we can do. They are just another team,” guard JaVonna Layfield said Friday before practice at the KFC Yum! Center. “We can’t get caught up in all of that.”

The Flyers, 22-9, put that focus to the test today at 4 p.m. Host Louisville and Chattanooga play at 1:30. The winners meet Monday for a chance at the Sweet 16.

“Every team you play is great,” Dayton coach Shauna Green said. “You have to approach things with the right mindset. I think our schedule prepared us.”

Here are five things to watch today:

1. Common opponent

The Flyers and Volunteers each played Texas A&M. The Flyers defeated the Aggies 74-47 in a holiday tournament in Florida on Dec. 20. Tennessee lost to the Aggies 61-59 on Feb. 12.

“Obviously A&M is a completely different style than we are,” Green said. “We know we are going to have to be as sharp as possible to win the basketball game.”

2. Get it and go

Dayton likes to get the rebound and run. The Flyers average 66.1 points while Tennessee averages 73.9, but the Volunteers have allowed teams to shoot 39 percent from the floor.

“It comes down to defense and rebounding,” Green said. “I think we play at a faster pace. We like to get out and run and try to get some easy baskets in transition.”

3. Battle of the boards

The Flyers average 42 rebounds to 41 for their opponents. Post play will be big.

Dayton has seniors Saicha Grant-Allen (6-foot-5) and Andrijana Cvitikovic (6-3) along with freshman Alex Harris (6-1) in the post. Tennessee counters with Mercedes Russell (6-6) and also features Diamond DeShields (6-1), daughter of former major leaguer Delino DeShields, now the manager of the Reds’ Class AAA team in Louisville.

“I would say I enjoy playing against shot blockers,” Russell said. “I know Dayton has a couple of posts that like to block shots and I think that is always a fun, challenging game.”

4. On a roll

Dayton enters having won 19 of its last 22 games, claiming the Atlantic 10 regular-season and conference tournament titles.

Tennessee dropped its opener in the Southeastern Conference tournament 72-64 to Alabama and is 6-4 in its final 10 games heading into the tournament.

5. Depth and pace

Dayton has 10 players that who average 10 or more minutes while Tennessee has six.

“We have to use our strengths,” Green said. “(Rotating players in) is something we have done all year and we like to play with a lot of pace and I think our depth helps us. Hit or miss, we want to have the ball down the floor and a shot up in six seconds or less. That’s who we are.”

SATURDAY’S GAME

NCAA women’s tournament, first round

No. 12 Dayton vs. No. 5 Tennessee, 4 p.m., ESPN2

Tennessee Titans players enjoy eclipse after practice

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 7:15 PM

Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey worked practice around Monday's eclipse.
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Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey worked practice around Monday's eclipse.(Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Members of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans were treated to a post-practice eclipse party Monday, and players laid on the field with pairs of glasses to view the celestial wonder, ESPN reported.

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Nashville was in the path of the solar eclipse that raced through the United States on Monday, and Titans players viewed it as Bruce Springsteen songs like “Blinded by the Light” and “Dancing in the Dark,” and Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses at Night” blasted through the speakers.

“That was dope,” linebacker Javon Brown told ESPN. “I was trying so hard not to look at the sun. It was crazy. It felt like a cloud was over the sun the whole day. It was dark. It was a great experience though. That was timeless and priceless.”

“It was one of those moments where everybody can forget the problems that they have going on, come together and have fun,” cornerback Adoree Jackson told ESPN. “That's once-in-a-lifetime. It was special.”

Nashville was the largest city in the solar eclipse's totality path,EPSN reported. The sun was completely blocked for just over two minutes. Darkness took over the sky and the temperature dropped.

“It was like dawn almost, it was a little eerie with the weather,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said.

High School Football: Week 1 Schedule

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 1:33 PM

Belmont will play Dunbar in a Week 1 high school football opener at 7 p.m. Thursday at Welcome Stadium. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
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Belmont will play Dunbar in a Week 1 high school football opener at 7 p.m. Thursday at Welcome Stadium. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(MARC PENDLETON / STAFF)

WEEK 1 GAMES

Thursday, Aug. 24

Alter at Fairmont, 7 p.m., ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), mytvdayton.com, HANK-FM (101.5), 1015hankfm.com/, OhioSportsline.net/, WPVW-AM (1660), 1610.info

Beavercreek at Xenia, 7 p.m.

Belmont vs. Dunbar at Welcome Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 25

7 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Arcanum at Greeneview, WBZI-FM (100.3), myclassiccountry.com

Arlington at Anna, 7:30 p.m.

Bellefontaine at Wapakoneta

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Ben Logan at Fairbanks

Bethel at Northridge

Bradford at New Bremen, 7:30 p.m.

Cedarville at Mechanicsburg, ChampaignSportsAuthority.com

Celina at Versailles, 7:30 p.m., WTGR-FM (97.5)

Centerville at Fairfield

Chaminade Julienne at Marion Local, 7:30 p.m.

Cin. Northwest at Miamisburg

Covington at St. Henry, 7:30 p.m.

Crestview at Parkway

Dayton Christian at Troy Christian

Delphos SJ’s at Toledo Woodward

Dixie at Twin Valley South

East Clinton at Clinton-Massie

Eaton at Greenville

Fenwick at CHCA

Fort Loramie at Minster, 7:30 p.m., ScoresBroadcast.com

Franklin at Carlisle, CinDaySports.com

Graham at West Liberty-Salem

Grove City Christian at Catholic Central, 7:30 p.m.

Kenton at Coldwater, 7:30 p.m.

Kenton Ridge at Northeastern, WIZE-AM (1340)

Kings at Lebanon

Lehman Catholic at Fort Recovery, 7:30 p.m.

Lima Senior at Middletown

London at Urbana

Marion Pleasant at Greenon

Mason at Springboro

Massillon Perry at Vandalia Butler

Middletown Christian at Lockland (non-varsity)

Milton-Union at Miami East, 7:30 p.m.

Mississinawa Valley at Union City (Ind.)

Monroe at Edgewood

Northmont at Cin. Winton Woods

Oakwood at Cin. Mariemont

Piqua vs. Meadowdale at Welcome Stadium, 8 p.m.

Ponitz vs. Danville (Ky.) at Welcome Stadium, 5:30 p.m.

Preble Shawnee at National Trail

Riverside at Ansonia, 7:30 p.m.

Ross at Badin

Southeastern at Northwestern

Springfield at Lancaster, 7:30 p.m.

St. Mary’s Memorial at Sidney

Stebbins at Carroll

Talawanda at Madison

Tecumseh at Fairborn

Tippecanoe at Bellbrook

Triad at Indian Lake

Tri-County North at Brookville

Tri-Village at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m.

Troy at Trotwood-Madison, WTJN (107.1), tcrtroycommunityradio.com

Waynesville at Bethel-Tate

West Carrollton at Little Miami

Wilmington at Valley View

Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown

Lakota East at Cin. Walnut Hills

Lakota West vs. Cin. Elder at Cin. Princeton

Saturday, Aug. 26

New Miami vs. Cin. Gamble Montessori at Cin. Woodward, 6 p.m.

Spg. Shawnee vs. Thurgood Marshall at Welcome Stadium, 7 p.m.

Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown

Cin. Moeller at Hamilton, 7 p.m., Spectrum Sports, Ch. 1311 (HD), 311 and 99

Sunday, Aug. 27

GEICO ESPN Football Kickoff

Wayne at Pine-Richland (Pa.), 1 p.m., ESPN, WSWO-FM (97.3), DaytonOldies.org

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Urban Meyer: Buckeyes not ‘a great team yet, but I like where we’re at’

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 2:50 PM

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer speaks at a press conference on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
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Ohio State’s Urban Meyer speaks at a press conference on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Ten days before his Ohio State team is set to open the 2017 season at Indiana, Urban Meyer sounded cautiously optimistic about his Buckeyes. 

“I think we’ll have a great team,” Meyer said Monday. “I don’t think we have a great team yet, but I like where we’re at.” 

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With the countdown to the season about to hit single digits, Meyer briefed reporters on several items: 
  • Ohio State began preparation in full for the Hoosiers on Monday, but Meyer noted the Buckeyes have an interesting first three games as they start with a Big Ten opponent before playing host to Oklahoma then playing Army, a triple-option team. The Hoosiers and Sooners will both be under first-year head coaches. 
  • He wasn’t ready to name a starting right guard but called one of the competitors, Brandon Bowen, one of the most improved players of preseason camp. 
  • He also praised sophomore Michael Jordan, the returning starter at left guard, and senior Damon Webb, a returning starter at safety, when asked about players who have caught his eye. 
  • The competition to be the other starter at safety is down to senior Erick Smith or sophomore Jordan Fuller. Smith is another Cleveland Glenville product while Fuller was considered one of the shiniest gems of the 2016 recruiting class. 
  • He wouldn’t name his backup quarterback, either, but said junior Sean Nuernberger is slightly ahead of freshman Blake Haubeil. 
  • The Associated Press preseason poll was released as Meyer spoke. Asked if he had any comment on the Buckeyes’ being ranked No. 2 (behind No. 1 Alabama and ahead of No. 3 Florida State), he smirked. 
  • “You know my answer, right? I don't care,” Meyer joked. “We got kicking meetings here in an hour. Got to be ready for that.” 

WATCH: Chris Smith shines again in Bengals’ second outing

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 9:30 AM

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray (9) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Chris Smith (94) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Staff Writer
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray (9) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Chris Smith (94) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)(Staff Writer)

A week after impressing against Tampa Bay, Chris Smith again got after the quarterback versus Kansas City.

Smith had five quarterback hurries, including a sack. Once a Jaguars castoff, Smith is making his case to not only make the Bengals’ roster, but warrant plentiful snaps.