Davidson Drops 85-68 Decision to A-10 Leader Dayton
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Katie Turner tallied her first career double-double and Davidson had four players score in double digits, but it was not enough as Dayton drilled home 13 three-pointers and shot 52.5 percent overall for the game in taking an 85-68 decision Saturday afternoon in Atlantic 10 women’s basketball inside John M. Belk Arena.
The Flyers (16-4), who remained unbeaten in league play at 9-0, also put four players in double figures led by Jenna Burdette’s 29 points to win their 10th consecutive game. Burdette hit seven of the Flyers’ 13 triples on 10 attempts, while Lauren Cannatelli went 4-for-7 on threes and scored 17 points.
Jayla Scaife (17) and JaVonna Layfield (10) also reached double figures, while Layfield had a double-double with 15 rebounds.
The freshman Turner scored a team-high tying 16 points and pulled in a season-best 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (9-13, 4-5 A-10), while dishing out three assists and pocketing two steals. Joining her was senior Mackenzie Latt with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting and just missed another double-double with nine rebounds.
Justine Lyon netted 15 points, her 17th straight double figure scoring game, and Sarah Donovan had 11 to go with six boards.
Davidson kept things close in the first two quarters, trailing 17-12 at the end of the first and then ran off a 14-2 spurt in the second that gave it a brief 29-27 lead with under two minutes. Dayton scored the last five points, including a buzzer-beater to go up 32-29 at the half.
The turning point came in the third where the Wildcats were outscored 23-15. A layup by Latt got the ‘Cats within 36-35 with eight minutes to go in the quarter. Dayton answered with 12-4 run to go up 48-39, using three triples from Burdette during the run. Overall the Flyers hit five in the quarter, four of them from Burdette.
With 1:16 on the clock, Turner canned a three-ball to make it 49-44, but once again the Wildcats saw the Flyers drain two more threes to end the quarter up 55-44.
Tailing by 15 (61-46) in the early parts of the fourth quarter, the Wildcats used a mini 8-2 run to get within nine at 63-54 and 6:48 left. It was as close as they got the rest of the way, with Dayton putting the game out of reach on a 15-4 run to end the game.
Davidson pulled in a game-high 42 rebounds, 18 of them on the offensive end. It also tied a season-high with 38 points in the paint.
At halftime, the program honored Wildcat Hall of Famer Jennifer O’Brien by retiring her jersey.
Davidson will next travel to Rhode Island on the 31st to end January for an Education Day game at 11:30 a.m.
GAME NOTES: This was the fourth meeting all-time between both teams, as Dayton has won all four … the Wildcats kept their double-digit assist streak alive at 13 with 11 assists … Justine Lyon has scored in double figures in 40 of her the last 43 games overall dating back to last season … Lyon is closing in on 1,000 career points, needing 66 more to hit the mark … Mackenzie Latt moved into third all-time in rebounds with 820 … Davidson has had at least three players score in double figures in 10 of the past 11 games …. The 40-rebound effort was the Wildcats’ ninth of the season.