Dayton is one of Xavier's most-played opponents all-time
Feb. 6, 2013
CINCINNATI- The Xavier women's basketball team will make the short trip up Interstate 75 to the University of Dayton Thursday to take on the 15th-ranked Flyers in Atlantic 10 action. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at UD Arena.
About the Musketeers
Xavier (7-14, 1-6 A-10) snapped its eight-game losing streak on Sunday with its 58-50 win over visiting St. Bonaventure at Cintas Center. The Musketeers shot an even 50 percent from the floor and won the battle of the boards, 36-26. As a team, XU ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in defensive rebounds (27.3) and defensive rebound percentage (.723), third in rebounding defense (34.8), fifth in field goal percentage (.390) and rebound margin (+3.6) and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.309).
The Musketeers are led by senior Amber Gray who averages 10.8 ppg. while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 77.9 percent from the line (6th A-10). Junior Shatyra Hawkes dishes out a team-best 3.6 apg. (9th A-10) and holds a 1.3 assist/turnover ratio (9th A-10) and senior Jessica Pachko grabs a team-best 6.6 rpg. (14th A-10) and shoots at a 51.8 clip. Junior Ashley Wanninger sinks 36.1 percent of her shots from behind the arc (9th A-10) and averages 2.0 3-point baskets per contest (7th A-10).
Dayton (19-1, 7-0 A-10) picked up a 72-64 win at Richmond on Sunday, its seventh-straight since dropping its only loss of the season at Bowling Green on Dec. 30. The Flyers had four players in double-figures scoring, including Olivia Applewhite with a game high 18 points and a game-high-tying 11 rebounds. UD leads the A-10 in several categories: scoring offense (78.8), scoring margin (+22.3), field goal percentage (.454), field goal percentage defense (.339), 3-point field goal percentage (.342), 3-point field goals made (7.0), rebounding margin (+9.2) and assists (18.4).
The Flyers are led by Ally Malott with 11.9 rpg. (14th A-10) and 7.1 rpg. (11th A-10) while Amber Deane boasts the league's best field goal percentage (.580). Also for UD, Samantha MacKay dishes out 5.4 apg. (2nd A-10), 2.3 spg. (7th A-10) and holds a 2.2 assist/turnover ratio (2nd A-10).
The Flyers are the Musketeers' most-played opponent of all-time with Dayton holding the 33-30 advantage in the series. The two last met Feb. 22, 2012 at UD Arena as the Flyers claimed the 83-54 win over the Musketeers but XU has won seven of the last 10 meetings between the two squads.
Last Time Out
Posting a 50.0 percent shooting night, the Musketeers picked up their first Atlantic 10 victory Sunday night against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, 58-50. XU made 9 of its 16 long-range shots for a 56.3 3-point shooting percentage, including two long balls each from Amber Gray, Shatyra Hawkes, Ashley Wanninger and Aliyah Zantt. Gray paced the Musketeers with a game-high 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Wanninger added 11 to go with a game-high nine rebounds.