Jayla Scaife, former UD women’s basketball standout, signs pro contract in Greece

During her time at UD, Jayla Scaife provided leadership and drive, leading the way to an A10 championship in her senior season. Photo courtesy of Keegan Gupta, Flyer News.

Peter Burtnett
Sports Editor

Jayla Scaife, former University of Dayton women’s basketball player, has signed a professional contract with AO Sporting Athens in Greece.

During her career at UD, Scaife provided strong leadership and determined drive, leading the 2019-20 team to an A10 championship, which was won at UD Arena on March 8. This past season was just the finale of her standout career, as the women’s basketball team made the NCAA Tournament in three of her four seasons (made the WNIT in 2018-19).

“I am really proud and excited for Jayla as she reaches a dream of hers to become a professional basketball player,” said Dayton head coach Shauna Green. “She has worked extremely hard to make this happen and I know she is going to have a ton of success in Greece. I cannot wait to see what her future holds.”

The finale this year concluded with Scaife being named Most Outstanding Player of the A10 tournament, and was named First Team A10 First Team All-Conference for the second time, and was All-Defensive Team as well.

Scaife averaged 12.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game over four seasons, and finished ninth on UD’s all-time scoring list with 1,476 points.

Scaife’s new team, AO Sporting Athens, finished fifth in the A1 Greek standings with a 10-10 record. Coached by Thanos Softsis, Scaife joins fellow Americans Taya Raimer, Stephanie Gostowicz and Meme Jackson, and signed alongside Emma Guy from Boston College and Amber Smith from Missouri.

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