UD Women beat DePaul in the First Four and advance in the NCAA Women’s Tournament

The Flyer make 13 three pointers, including seven by Erin Whalen

Photo of Erin Whalen. Photo courtesy of Rick Roshto

Ames, Iowa — The University of Dayton women’s basketball team rolled over DePaul Wednesday night, 88-57, in Ames, Iowa in the First Four of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Dayton made 13 three-pointers, including seven by grad student, Erin Whalen. She led them with 28 points while fellow grad student Jenna Giacone had 21 points, including four threes. Sophomore guard Makira Cook added 16 points and sophomore center Tenin Magassa had eight points and 16 rebounds.

UD improves to 26-5 on the season and will play sixth seeded Georgia in Ames, Iowa in the Greensboro Region.

The Blue Demons jumped out to a 14-13 lead to start the game but the Flyers scored nine straight points on two three-pointers by Whalen and a trey by Giacone. Dayton never trailed after that and led 29-21 after one quarter.

Giacone made three straight shots from beyond the arc to extend the lead to 41-25 with 5:22 left in the half. UD led 55-32 at halftime and pushed it to 69-38 in the third quarter after a layup by Araion Bradshaw. The Flyers maintained that solid double digit lead throughout the fourth quarter.

Dayton will play Georgia in the First Round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday night at 7:30 pm in Ames, Iowa.