By: Michael Crouchley – Staff Writer
Dayton women’s basketball (9-4) was coming into their Thursday night matchup against Rhode Island (2-13) shorthanded, but were still confident after a strong start to the season. However confident they were, no one would have predicted that the Flyers would pour on a program record 116 points in the comfortable 116-58 win.
Scaife and Cannatelli were unconscious from deep
The story early that continued throughout the game was Dayton’s unstoppable shooting from beyond the three point arch. Junior guard Lauren Cannatelli, and sophomore guard Jayla Scaife got hot early and didn’t show any signs of slowing down until the game was over. Scaife would have tied for the school record with seven threes in a single game if Cannatelli hadn’t knocked down ten herself.
“They gave us some open looks and it’s tougher than you think to knock down those open looks,” said coach Shauna Green. Some open looks is a bit of an understatement, as the 19 three pointers made by the Flyers was a school record.
“You’re not going to shoot like that ever again,” Green admitted. “But if we can continue to shoot this consistently, it’s going to help our offense a lot.”
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Scaife was able to hurt Rhode Island from everywhere on the floor, not just from three, as her game-high 35 points was a new career-high for her.
“I was just feeling it and my teammates made sure they got the ball to me,” Scaife said. She wasn’t the only Flyer to record a career-high, as Cannatelli’s 34 points and redshirt senior forward Alex Harris’ 19 points beat both of their previous personal bests.
With Cannatelli and Scaife firing on all cylinders from the outside, Harris was able to control the game from the paint. She did a little bit of everything adding 17 rebounds, 6 assists and two blocks.
The Flyers finished the game shooting a blistering 56 percent from the field and 58 percent from three on the way to another new school scoring record and a win.
“I think it’s cool that they have it, they earned it,” Green said about the scoring record. While she was pleased with tonight’s performance, Green set her sights on the future, “We’ve gotta move on and prepare for a tough St. Joe’s team.”
The Flyers look to keep their perfect A-10 record intact as they travel to Philadelphia to take on Saint Joseph’s on Jan. 7 at 2 p.m.
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