Jenna Giacone scored 17 points for Dayton. Erin Whalen had nine.
Dayton opened the game with a 6-0 run and led 22-14 after the first quarter. It pushed the lead to 30-16 before Illinois rallied, outscoring Dayton 14-2 in the final 4:31 of the half. It was a back-and-forth game for much of the third quarter, but Dayton went on a 10-1 run to end the quarter and led 52-42 after three quarters. Illinois got no closer than eight points in the final quarter.