Dayton women fall in first round of NIT

Dayton’s Jayla Scaife shoots against Virginia Commonwealth in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton’s Jayla Scaife shoots against Virginia Commonwealth in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh. David Jablonski/Staff

The Dayton Flyers fell behind early and couldn’t catch up in a 74-51 loss to Northwestern in the first round of the women‘s NIT on Thursday in Chicago.

Dayton finished with a 17-14 record in coach Shauna Green’s third season.

Jayla Scaife scored 24 points to lead the Flyers. She made a season-high 5-of-9 3-pointers. She scored Dayton’s first nine points on 3s.

Shakeela Fowler added nine points and three assists.

Dayton shot a season-worst 19 percent in the first half and trailed 17-6 after one quarter, 30-10 late in the second quarter and 39-17 at halftime. The Flyers did not score in the final 6:12 of the first quarter.

Lindsey Pullian scored 26 to lead the Wildcats (17-14). Northwestern shot 41.4 percent from the field to Dayton’s 27.4. The Flyers had twice as many turnovers (16-8).

Lauren Cannatelli had three points in her final game for Dayton. Araion Bradshaw scored seven.

Northwestern advanced to play Toledo in the second round at 1 p.m. Sunday in Chicago.

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