Dayton vs. Marquette: What you need to know about Friday’s game

Dayton players react to earning a berth in the NCAA women’s tournament at UD Arena on Monday, March 12, 2018. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton players react to earning a berth in the NCAA women’s tournament at UD Arena on Monday, March 12, 2018. David Jablonski/Staff

Flyers playing in NCAA tournament in Louisville for second straight season

Who: No. 9 seed Dayton (23-6) vs. No. 8 seed Marquette (23-9)

When: 2:30 p.m., Friday

Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.

What: First round of NCAA tournament


Probable Dayton starters

Jenna Burdette, 5-8, Sr., G, 16.1

Jayla Scaife, 5-10, So., G, 14.6

Lauren Cannatelli, 5-8, Jr., G, 13.4

JaVonna Layfield, 5-11, Sr., G, 12.1

Alex Harris, 6-3, R-Sr., F, 7.6

Probable Marquette starters

Allazia Blockton, 6-0, Jr., G, 18.7

Natisha Hiedeman, 5-8, Jr., G, 12.9

Amani Wilborn, 5-9, Jr., G, 12.6

Erika Davenport, 5-11, Jr., F, 11.6

Danielle King, 5-5, Jr., G, 11.5

Series history: Marquette leads 14-12. Marquette won the last meeting 73-61 on Dec. 29, 2003, in Milwaukee.

Coaches: Dayton's Shauna Green is 45-16 in her second season. Marquette's Carolyn Kieger is 71-55 in her fourth season.

Last games: On March 3, Dayton lost 58-53 to George Washington in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament in Richmond, Va. On March 6, Marquette lost 98-63 to DePaul in the Big East title game in Chicago.

About Dayton: The Flyers are making their eighth NCAA tournament appearance in nine seasons. They are 5-7 in the tournament. This is the second straight season they have played in the first round in Louisville. Last year, they lost 66-57 to No. 5 seed Tennessee. … Dayton ranks 36th in the RPI. Marquette ranks 25th. … Burdette enters the tournament with 1,325 career points. She ranks 14th in school history, 12 behind Michele Kruty (1984-88). … Jordan Wilmoth is the top scorer off the bench with 5.4 points per game. … Layfield needs four rebounds to break the school record for rebounds in a season. With 374, she's three behind Ann Meyers (1976-77). Meyers averaged 13.0 rebounds in 29 games. Layfield is averaging 12.9 in 29 games. … Cannatelli set the single-season school record with 82 3-pointers this season. She has made 196 3-pointers in three seasons. She ranks third in school history behind Andrea Hoover (239) and Stefanie Miller (221).

About Marquette: The Golden Eagles have one common opponent with Dayton. They lost 63-55 at Green Bay, and Dayton lost 75-64 at home to Green Bay. … Blockton was named the Big East Player of the Year. She's the first Marquette player to win the award. … Marquette won the Big East regular-season championship for the first time with a 15-3 record. … Marquette was a No. 5 seed last season and lost 68-65 to No. 12 seed Quinnipiac in the first round. … Redshirt freshman guard Lauren Van Kleunen, who averages 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds, is a graduate of Mason High School.

Next game: The winner plays No. 1 seed Louisville or No. 16 seed Boise State in the second round Sunday at a time to be announced. The Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games in this region will be held in Lexington, Ky.

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