DAYTON — For the second consecutive year the Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team captured the Atlantic 10 regular season title and will be the top seed in the conference tournament next week.
The Flyers defeated Davidson 72-66 Sunday to improve their record on the season to 13-2 overall and 12-1 in conference play. Five different Flyers scored in double-figures including senior guard Jenna Giacone with 19 points and junior forward Kyla Whitehead who notched a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The back and forth game Sunday saw the Flyers trailing through most of the first half, creating a double-digit lead early in the third quarter, with both teams trading buckets down the stretch. Dayton hit 10 straight free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
“We found a way and made plays down the stretch when we needed to. This group has been resilient all year and they showed it again today. I’m so incredibly proud of this group of accomplishing our first goal of winning another regular season championship,” Head Coach Shauna Green said.
And with the win Sunday, Green reached the career milestone of 100 victories as a head coach at UD in her fifth season at the helm.
Green noted the effects of the pandemic on this year’s team, which saw COVID-19 related pauses for the team and several games cancelled throughout the season.
“This (regular season title) was tough with so much adversity and challenges related to COVID. Through it all, we have stayed together, stayed positive, locked in on the process, and took one day at a time with the mindset for constant improvement. Now it is time to focus on preparing for the A-10 Championship,” Green said.
The regular season title was the sixth in program history.
Dayton will be the top seed in the A-10 tournament and will look to repeat as champion when the tournament starts at Virginia Commonwealth’s Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia next week. The Flyers next game will be March 12 and will play the winner of the March 11 game between the eighth-seeded La Salle Explorers and ninth-seeded Duquesne Dukes.
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