Women’s Basketball Update: Turnovers Prove Lethal In Loss To Northeastern

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Brandon Heath
Contributing Writer

A second half comeback from the Dayton women’s basketball team fell short, as they lost to Northeastern 84-79 in overtime. The Flyers trailed at the half by seven points but rallied to tie the game at 68 points apiece by the end of the fourth quarter.

Turnovers turned out to be the difference in the game, as the Flyers turned the ball over 14 times, compared to just five by the Huskies.

Junior Jayla Scaife sent the game into overtime with two free-throws to tie the game. She led the Flyers with 19 points, as well as chipping in nine rebounds. Redshirt Junior Shakeela Fowler had 15 points off the bench, and Freshman Kyla Whitehead captured her first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Whitehead was a key contributor in the paint down the stretch, sinking eight of her 10 free-throw attempts and grabbing several key rebounds to give the Flyers a chance to tie the game.

“They always tell me to use my athleticism to get in there and rebound. So, that’s what I did.” Whitehead said after the game. “You just have to be relentless on the boards.”

Northeastern’s Jess Genco poured in 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while teammate Shannon Todd finished with 20 points and eight rebounds.

Dayton fell to 1-2 on the season and looks to rebound with a win against Toledo on Wednesday at UD Arena. Northeastern moved to 3-0 on the season and returns home to face New Hampshire.

Photo courtesy of Griffin Quinn.