The Dayton Flyers, who had already clinched the outright Atlantic 10 women’s basketball championship, closed the regular season with an 85-72 loss at Saint Louis on Saturday at Chaifetz Arena.
Dayton (22-5, 15-1) saw its 16-game winning streak end. It fell two games short of tying the school record for consecutive victories.
“I don’t think we were at the top of our game in terms of our defense,” Dayton coach Shauna Green said after the game in a video posted to YouTube.com. “I thought it was one of our weakest defensive performances of the year. We couldn’t keep anyone in front of us. We’ve got to get better. Every night out we’ve got to be consistent, and we’ve done a pretty good job of that all year. Tonight we weren’t at the level we need to be at defensively.”
Dayton has the No. 1 seed for the A-10 tournament. It will play in the quarterfinals at 11 a.m. March 3 in Richmond, Va., against No. 8 seed Richmond (13-16) or No. 9 seed Davidson (12-17). Those teams play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Richmond. In the regular season, Dayton beat Davidson 86-68 and won 66-59 at Richmond.
Dayton led Saint Louis by as many as eight points in the first quarter, and the game was tied 41-41 at halftime. The Billikens took control with an 11-4 run to end the third quarter.
Jenna Burdette led Dayton with 19 points. Jayla Scaife scored 17. Laura Cannatelli and JaVonna Layfield each scored 15.
Cannatelli made 4 of 10 3-pointers and now owns Dayton’s single-season record with 79 made 3-pointers.
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