Flyers snap losing skid
DAYTON (UD ATHLETICS) - The University of Dayton women's basketball team defeated Buffalo in a Friday afternoon showdown at UD Arena.
Dayton (3-5) snapped a three-game losing streak while Buffalo (6-2) lost just its second game of the year.
3rd quarter – 6:33 – Jayla Scaife's block brought a big roar from the crowd, and was one of many great defensive plays by the Flyers on the day. This play came during an 8-0 run by the Flyers.
1st Quarter: Dayton 17, Buffalo 8
Kyla Whitehead made her first career start for the Flyers.
The Flyers did not manage a field goal until the 5:40 mark, but a layup from Araion Bradshaw gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead.
Jayla Scaife's three-pointer extended the Flyers' lead to 13-6 at the 2:38 mark.
The Flyers held Buffalo to just 3-of-15 shooting (20.0 percent) in the quarter
Both teams combined for 12 turnovers in the quarter as the Flyers had seven and the Bulls had five.
2nd Quarter: Dayton 34, Buffalo 29
Buffalo closed the gap to start the quarter, getting as close as 19-17 before the five-minute mark, and tying the game 21-21 at 3:41.
Lauren Cannatelli made her second three-pointer of the game to regain the Flyers' lead at 24-21.
Dayton finished the quarter on an 8-0 run, ending with back-to-back three-pointers by Cannatelli and Scaife.
Cannatelli led the way with 11 in the half on 3-of-8 shooting.
Scaife and Brittany Ward each had five rebounds in the half.
3rd Quarter: Dayton 51, Buffalo 46
After the Bulls scored the start the quarter, the Flyers scored eight straight points to extend the lead to 42-31.
Buffalo was held scoreless for 4:39 during the Flyers' run.
After the Flyers took a 49-37 lead, the Bulls cut the lead to 49-46 at the 1:11 mark with a 9-0 run.
By the end of the quarter, the Flyers had nine players on the scoresheet.
Buffalo was held to 5-of-24 (20.8 percent) shooting for the quarter.
Both teams would enter the final quarter with some foul trouble, as Buffalo had two players with four fouls while Dayton had four players with three fouls.
4th Quarter: Dayton 72, Buffalo 59
Both teams struggled offensively to start the quarter but the Flyers enjoyed an eight-point lead at the media timeout.
Shakeela Fowler's three-point play was a big basket for the Flyers, giving them a nine-point lead with 3:03 to play.
The Flyers shot many foul shots down the stretch, and went 9-of-13 from the foul line in the quarter.
Cannatelli finished the game with 19 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line.
Brittany Ward finished with a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Both were a career high for Ward.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
23 - The Flyers made 23 free-throws during the game, tying a season-high. Dayton also made 23 three thrown during an overtime defeat to Northeastern on November 17th.
76 - Buffalo attempted 76 field goals during the game, while the Flyers only attempted 55.
14 - Dayton had 14 assists on the day, doubling Buffalo's seven.
The Flyers held Buffalo to 27.6 percent from the field.
The Flyers are back home on Saturday, Dec. 15 against Evansville. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.