RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Dayton women’s basketball team fell, 75-62, to top-seeded George Washington Sunday afternoon in the title game of the 2015 Atlantic 10 Championship. Senior Andrea Hoover led the Flyers with 18 points.
Dayton moves to 25-6 on the season while George Washington improves to 29-3 for the year.
Also for the Flyers, junior Kelley Austria scored 15 points and senior Ally Malott added 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior Amber Deane tallied 10 points on her way to becoming the 23rd member of Dayton’s 1,000-point club as only the 10th junior in program history to reach that milestone.
George Washington came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders, erasing an eight-point Dayton lead with an 11-2 run to open the second half. The Colonials’ Jonquel Jones scored nine-consecutive points to give GW a 60-52 advantage and UD would not recover. The Colonials shot a blistering 50 percent from the field for the last 20 minutes of the game.
The game started off with break-neck speed with the teams trading baskets until George Washington hit a five-minutes scoring drought. Dayton took advantage, scoring 12 unanswered points to break open the 10-point, 28-18 lead with eight-and-a-half minutes left in the first frame. The Flyers led by as many as 11 points before taking a 37-29 lead into halftime
The Colonials were led by 2015 A-10 Player and Defensive Player of the Year Jonquel Jones with 21 points. Caira Washington posted the 10-point, 10-rebound double-double for GW.
Dayton will await its seeding and site for the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The bracket will be announced Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m.