Women’s Basketball Rises over Grand Valley State

Meaghan McNichol–Staff Writer

The University of Dayton women’s basketball team topped Grand Valley State in an exhibition game Sunday by a score of 74-48.

Things looked promising from the first quarter. The Flyers started out hot, going up 11-0 until half way through the quarter with five points apiece from redshirt senior guard Kelley Austria and sophomore guard Lauren Cannatelli.

They had five offensive rebounds and were dominating from the three-point line, hitting four out of seven shots from long range.

In the first four minutes of the second quarter, Dayton outscored GVSU 12-1, running the score to 32-10.

The Flyers forced three offensive turnovers and only let GVSU earn nine points total during the second quarter.

The women entered the second half of the game with a 36-18 lead. Redshirt junior forward Alex Harris was the star of the third quarter for the Flyers with five points and two rebounds.

Success carried over into the fourth quarter as Dayton went on a 6-0 run with four minutes left in the game. Every eligible player saw time on the court throughout the game.

Jayla Scaife was an asset to the Flyers with 12 points, four assists, and two rebounds. She shot 100 percent from the three-point range.

“We really wanted to just focus on getting better this game. We wanted to focus on getting better defensively and executing our offensives and I think we did a decent job at that,” junior guard Jenna Burdette said.

Regular season play will begin Sunday, Nov. 13 at UD Arena against Quinnipiac.