Urbana Women Win On The Road 77-72
BUCKHANNON, W. Va. – With the score tied 71-71, Stefanie Davis drilled a clutch 3-pointer with a minute left in regulation to help lift Urbana women’s basketball past West Virginia Wesleyan 77-72 Thursday night at Rockefeller Arena.
UU, which has now claimed five out of the previous six matchups against WVWC, improved to 7-4 (5-2 MEC) on the season. Wesleyan dropped to 5-8 overall (3-4 MEC).
Sylvia Hudson led UU with her 14th career double-double by scoring 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting and securing 12 rebounds. It was Hudson’s fourth 20-point outing of the season. Senior guard Stefanie Davis again nearly bagged a triple-double with 16 points, nine assists and seven boards. Senior forward Jazmyn Haley also reached double figures with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting while hauling six rebounds.
The Blue Knights outshot the Bobcats 47 percent to 33 percent as both teams knocked down five three’s. UU held a slight edge on the glass, 45-42, but allowed Wesleyan back in the game by turning the ball over. The Knights gave the rock away 18 times compared to only eight WVWC turnovers. The Bobcats also piled up 29 second-chance points.
UU made eight of its first 11 shots and engineered two key runs in the first half to build a nine-point advantage at halftime, 40-31.
Both teams traded baskets early on to knot the score at 10-10. Then, UU ended the first quarter on a 10-2 spurt to go up 20-12 and carried the momentum to extend the run to 17-4 for a 27-14 lead with 7:15 left in the second period.
WVWC got back in it and sliced the deficit to two points following a run of its own, making the score 28-26, but the Blue Knights responded again with 12 unanswered points. Haley capped the run with a layup as she was fouled to put UU ahead 40-26 right before the break.
Then, the Bobcats raced out to a lead midway in the third quarter, ultimately putting together a 15-0 run to go ahead 54-47. Hudson stopped the bleeding with a pair of free throws and UU trailed 57-51 entering the final frame.
In the fourth quarter, the Blue Knights persevered through the Bobcats’ hot shooting and worked their way back into the contest.
Haley’s three-point play trimmed the deficit to four, 59-55, and then Weston Minnich‘s layup with under seven minutes to play got the Blue Knights within a basket with the score 61-59. UU stayed within a point of WVWC on three straight possessions until a Bobcat offensive rebound led to a basket and 66-63 WVWC lead at the 4:35 media timeout.
The Blue Knights regrouped at the stoppage and came out of the huddle with energy to go on an 8-0 run. Hudson ignited the scurry with back-to-back baskets, including a fastbreak layup from Davis to put the Knights ahead 67-66.
UU mounted a five-point lead, 71-66, and soon after the Bobcats were able to climb back to even the score. However, Davis provided the big shot to put the Blue Knights ahead 74-71 late and UU held on through the final seconds.
UU travels to fifth-ranked Glenville State on Saturday to take on the MEC-leading Pioneers (11-1, 7-0 MEC). Tipoff at the Waco Center is slated for 2 p.m. ET.
Urbana Men Win at West Virginia Wesleyan
BUCKHANNON, W. Va. –– In the first game of 2018, Urbana men’s basketball earned its first conference win by defeating West Virginia Wesleyan 78-69 Thursday night at Rockefeller Arena.
UU improved to 2-10 overall and 1-6 in league play while WVWC dropped to 1-12 (1-6 MEC) on the season.
Malik Jacobs shot lights out, going 11 of 13 overall from the field and a perfect 4 of 4 from three-point range to net a new career-high 28 points. The junior guard picked up right where he left off before the Holiday break. He has now scored 20 or more in four consecutive outings while shooting 67 percent (35 of 52) during that span.
Sophomore guard Ethan Snapp reached double digits with 10 points while Carlas Jackson(9) and Aarmanni Garnett (8) also chipped in. Roy Hatchett Jr. dished out a team-high seven assists while Abdul Kanu and AJ Washington each pulled down six boards. Washington also scored five points and had three steals in his first action after missing the previous six games.
UU shot 55 percent and recorded 19 assists on 27 made shot attempts. The Blue Knights held the edge on rebounds (24-21), steals (10-7), turnovers (13-16) and 3-pointers (11-4). The hosts shot at a 61-percent clip but only attempted 41 total shots. WVWC went 15 of 19 (78.9%) at the line while UU finished 13 of 19 (68.4%).
UU, which came out running in the second half with a 19-4 run, led by as much as 17 after a made three by AJ Washington made the score 62-45 with under eight minutes remaining in regulation.
However, the Bobcats clawed back and made things interesting when a dunk trimmed the deficit to 70-63 with 1:25 left. The Blue Knights responded immediately. though, as sophomore Darius Barksdale knocked down a clutch three with under a minute to play. UU went 11 of 19 (57.9%) from beyond the arc.
Both teams played well over the opening 20 minutes of action and traded baskets right down to the buzzer. Jacobs barely beat the final horn with a turnaround layup in the post to put UU ahead 38-37 at intermission.
UU will take on Glenville State on Saturday afternoon following the women’s game at the Waco Center in Glenville, West Virginia. Tipoff is slated for approximately 4 p.m. ET.
Record Breaking Night For Lady Flyers
DAYTON – The University of Dayton women’s basketball team played their first home Atlantic 10 game of the season with a 116-58 win at UD Arena on Thursday evening against the University of Rhode Island. The 116 points breaks a program record.
The Flyers (9-4, 2-0 A-10) kicked off 2018 with a very convincing win against the Rhode Island Rams (2-13, 0-2 A-10), who lost their fifth game in a row.
1st Quarter: Dayton 30, Rhode Island 18
· Dayton opened the game on a 10-6 run.
· Rams’ freshman guard Abby Streeter hit back-to-back three pointers within the first three minutes of play.
· Junior Lauren Cannatelli contributed six of the Flyers’ 12 points, when they were up 12-8.· The Rams cut it to a one-point game (14-13 at the 3:47 mark), but the Flyers responded with a 9-0 run.
· The Flyers shot 100 percent from the free throw line (3-of-3).
· Redshirt senior Alex Harris had a solid quarter with six points, and led Dayton with six rebounds.
· The Flyers shot 83 percent (5-of-6) from behind the arc, while the Rams shot 50 percent (3-of-6).
· Each of the five starters contributed at least two points to the Dayton offense in the first quarter.
2nd Quarter: Dayton 64, Rhode Island 29
· Neither team scored within the first two minutes of the quarter.
· Harris broke the scoring drought with a three-point play after being fouled on a shot inside the paint with 7:50 remaining in the quarter.
· Sophomore Jayla Scaife tied her career-high in assists with four, just under three minutes into the quarter.
· The Flyers went on an 8-0 run midway through the second quarter.
· Cannatelli hit back-to-back threes bringing the score to 47-21 with 4:06 to play in the half.
· Two minutes later, Scaife hit her own set of back-to-back three-pointers to put the Flyers up 55-27.
· The Flyers shot 67 percent in the first 20 minutes while the Rams shot 34 percent.
· The Rams played 12 of their players, while the Flyers only used seven.
· The Flyers scored 64 points this half—the most points the Flyers have in a half this season.
3rd Quarter: Dayton 95, Rhode Island 47
· Dayton opened up the half on a 9-0 run.
· Cannatelli hit her seventh three of the half, tying her career-high record for threes.
· Harris tied her season-high for rebounds with 12 by the 4:43 minute mark.
· Each of the Flyer players who tallied game minutes, contributed at least four points.
· The Rams only scored 18 points this quarter, to Dayton’s 31.
· Both Cannatelli and Scaife surpassed their career-highs in points during the quarter.
4th Quarter: Dayton 116, Rhode Island 58
· Scaife scored her seventh three-pointer of the night, putting her at second place all-time at UD for most three-pointers scored in a game (behind Cannatelli’s 10).
· Dayton did not commit their first foul of the quarter until the 6:21 mark.
· The Flyers beat the school record for most points scored in a game with 113 at the 2:06 mark from a jumper by sophomore Christine Szabo.
· The Rams scored 11 points to Dayton’s 21 in the final quarter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
116- The Dayton team beat the school record for points scored in a game, with 116. The previous best was 112 points set in 2014 and 1978.
30 – Dayton scored 30 points in the first quarter—the most points scored in a quarter this season.
6- Jayla Scaife set a new career-high in assists with six.
64 – Dayton more than doubled its first quarter point total, and reached its highest scoring half total with 64.
35- Scaife also surpassed her career-high in points with 35, which is tied for eighth-best all-time at UD.
34- Cannatelli also surpassed her career-high in points with 34.
10- Cannatelli beat her personal record for threes with 10 and also beat her own school-record for three-pointers made.
19- The Flyers, collectively beat the school-record for most threes in a game, with 19.
4 – Four Flyers scored in double figures, Layfield (13), Cannatelli (34), Harris (19), and Scaife (35).
43 – 32 – The Flyers had a 43-32 rebounding advantage.
56% – Dayton shot 56 percent from the field and held Rhode Island to 38 percent.
17 to 8 – The Flyers only had 8 turnovers and forced 17 from the Rams.
3 of 5 – three of the Flyers five starters—Scaife and Cannatelli surpassed their career-high in points and Harris tied her career-high in scoring,.
The Flyers will return to Philadelphia next Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest at Saint Joseph’s in Atlantic 10 action.