Senior Kendel Ross scored 14 points - including seven of Dayton's final 11 points of the game, and four free throws in the final 15.8 seconds - to lead the Flyers' to their shocking 77-74 victory over No. 10/10 Michigan State on Friday night. The win marked UD's first ever over a Top 10 team. Against nationally-ranked No. 19/23 Louisville, Ross hit a three-point field goal at the buzzer to knot the score, 30-30, at the intermission. Kendel closed out the contest with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc. She also added nine points and eight rebounds in the second half against the Cardinals. Ross averaged 15.5 points and 8.5 boards over the weekend, while adding six assists, five steals and four blocks.
In her collegiate debut, freshman Jennifer Hailey came off the bench to post a team and game-high of 17 points during Charlotte's season opener against East Carolina on Friday. The Marshville, North Carolina native, who saw just 19 minutes of action, was just one rebound shy of a double-double, grabbing nine rebounds in the outing, while adding two steals. Hailey was also 5-for-7 at the foul line.
CHARLOTTE HOSTS SOUTH CAROLINA
Charlotte will host SEC opponent South Carolina Monday night at 7:00 PM in Halton Arena. This game will mark the 21st meeting between the two teams, as South Carolina leads the all-time series, 15-5. South Carolina defeated Charlotte 78-76 in their last meeting on December 21, 2008 in Columbia, SC. Aysha Jones and Shannon McCallum each scored 16 points to lead the 49ers in scoring in that game. South Carolina defeated the 49ers 84-67 in their last meeting in Halton Arena, December 14, 2003. The 49ers had five players score in double-figures in that game led by former 49ers standout Sakellie Daniels' 17 points.
Update: Charlotte lost 70-66 in overtime. Shannon McCallum scored a career-high 25 points.
BONNIES SQUARE OFF AT ST. JOHN'S
For the first time in 24 years, St. Bonaventure and St. John's will square off on Tuesday evening at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. Both teams were victorious in their season openers with the Bonnies taking down defending Horizon League Tournament champion Cleveland State by a 72-62 outcome. This will be the Brown and White's 17th game in the city of Rochester where they are 8-8 all-time.
The Bonnies' return to Blue Cross Arena is their first since 2005 when they hosted eventual NCAA Sweet Sixteen participant West Virginia. St. Bonaventure is just 1-3 all-time at Blue Cross Arena since 2000. Below is a look at the previous four games.
DATE OPPONENT OUTCOME 11/30/05 West Virginia L, 61-66 12/03/03 #16 Syracuse L, 78-87 11/30/02 Saint Louis L, 54-56 11/25/00 Charlotte W, 79-78
In Duquesne's 100-69 victory over Niagara on Sunday, the Dukes set a program record by shooting 80 percent from beyond-the-ace, converting 8-of-10 shots. Duquesne's pervious school record for three-point field goal percentage was 75% when they went 9-for-12 against James Madison on Nov. 27, 2002. The last time Duquesne scored 100 points was Nov. 28, 2008 in their record-setting 58-point win over Niagara. The 58 second half points is the most Duquesne has scored in the second half in almost 19 years - 64 second half points against Mercyhurst on Dec. 5, 1990
- A-10 teams are 4-0 in overtime outings so far this season. Over the weekend, No. 11/15 Xavier, Temple, La Salle and UMass all won in extra sessions
- Seven Atlantic 10 student-athletes registered double-doubles during the first weekend of the 2009-10 campaign, including three from nationally-ranked Xavier -- Amber Harris, along with April and Ta'Shia Phillips.
- Temple's LaKeisha Eaddy, the league's assist leader, also recorded 10 distributions in her season-opening debut.
- UMass picked up its first win against Boston University since 1993 -- a 79-73 overtime victory. It was the first overtime game for the Minutewomen since Jan. 9, 2007 at Rhode Island (71-69 Loss) and the first at the Mullins Center since Jan. 16, 2003, an 89-80 win over Temple. Several Minutewomen posted career highs including sophomore Nicole Jones (13 points, nine rebounds) and senior Kim Benton who tied her career high (18 points).
- Fordham won their season opener on Friday with a 76-56 win over Albany, marking the team's first season-opening win since the 2005-06 season. The Rams' shooting performance of 54.7% was their best since the 2005-06 season, when the Rams shot 62.2% from the field against La Salle.
- Duquesne is off to a 2-0 start and is leading the league in offensive production. The Dukes are averaging 87.0 points per game and outscoring its opponents by an average of 18 points per outing.
- Shaqwedia Wallace scored a career-high 27 points in Temple's season-opener versus Illinois, a come-from-behind overtime victory on Nov. 13. She scored 17 second-half points as the Owls erased an 18-point deficit, shooting 9-of-18 from the field including 4-for-9 from three-point range and made 5-of-8 at the stripe. The Wilmington, NC native also grabbed five boards and tied for the team-high with four steals.
- St. Bonaventure has stormed out of the gate this season. The Bonnies currently sit at 2-0 overall, having just played two games in three days -- however, Head Coach Jim Crowley's squad isn't slowing down, as SBU will play two more games in the next four days.
- With its win over Western Carolina on Friday, Richmond is now 7-0 in November games since the 2007-08 season.
LA SALLE ECLIPSES 20-POINT DEFICIT
Under Head Coach Tom Lochner, the Explorers had never erased a deficit of 20 points and pulled out a victory until Sunday night at Long Island - also the first time done on an opponent's home floor. However, in each of the past four seasons the Explorers have come back to win after trailing by double figures in the first half, ironically the last three times have taken place within five days of Christmas.
|11/15/09||Long Island (A) - down 20 with 3:05 left in 1st, down 16 at the break|
|12/29/08||Valparaiso (N) - down 13 with 3:49 left in 1st, down nine at the break|
|12/20/07||Appalachian State (N) - down 14 with :48 left in 1st, down 13 at the break|
|12/23/06||UW-Milwaukee (H) - down 14 with 4:58 left in 1st, down just 4 at the break|
|1/22/06||Saint Joseph's (H) - down 10 with 9:29 left in 1st, led at the break|
XAVIER PICKS UP WHERE IT LEFT OFF
No. 11/15 Xavier picked right up where it left in 2008-09, outlasting Pac-10 competitor Southern California, 81-71 in overtime, to claim its season opening victory in California. Reigning A-10 Player of the Year Ta'shia Phillips was one of three Musketeers to record a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Junior forward Amber Harris aided the XU effort in her first appearance since the 2007-08 campaign, putting up impressive numbers of 19 points and 12 boards.
DAYTON STUNS MICHIGAN STATE
Dayton stunned visiting No. 10/10 Michigan State, 77-74, in its 2009-10 home opener on Friday night. The victory marks the second time that head coach Jim Jabir has coached his Flyers to a win over a nationally-ranked foe. UD's last win over a ranked opponent came against No. 16/15 Xavier in the Atlantic 10 semifinal last season.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
The Associated Press has released its 2009-10 Preseason Poll and Xavier begins the season as the No. 11 team in the country. No. 11 is the highest XU has ever been ranked in the AP Poll, eclipsing its previous high of No. 12 during the last five weeks of the 2000-01 season. The Musketeers begin the 2009-10 season at Southern Cal. on Friday, November 13 and XU will take on Arizona State Saturday, November 21. Temple received votes in the poll and will open its 2009-10 campaign at home on Friday, November 13 against Illinois.
XU posted a 25-7 overall mark and won the 2008-09 Atlantic 10 Regular Season Title with a 13-1 record last year. The team led the country in field goal percentage defense and finished third in rebounding margin. The Musketeers lost seniors Tudy Reed and Jerri Taylor to graduation but look forward to the return of junior forward Amber Harris, who missed the entire 2008-09 season due to an injury. XU will also return 2008-09 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Ta'Shia Phillips, who led the team with 13.9 points and 12.1 rebounds. Ta'Shia Phillips and Harris earned a spot on the Preseason First Team and the Preseason Defensive Team. Junior point guard Special Jennings is also back for XU. Jennings averaged 7.7 points and 3.3 assists per game last year and was honored as a Preseason All-Atlantic 10 Third Team selection.