The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team won its 11th game in a row and maintained sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10, beating Duquesne 79-70 on Wednesday at UD Arena.
Dayton coach Shauna Green took the public address announcer’s microphone after the game and thanked the crowd of 3,223. It was Dayton’s second-biggest crowd of the season.
JaVonna Layfield led the Flyers with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Jenna Burdette also scored 18 points and made 10 of 10 free throws. Jayla Scaife scored 16. Alex Harris had 13.
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The Flyers (17-4, 10-0) lead Duquesne (18-4, 8-1) by 1½ games. Fordham (17-6, 8-2) sits two games back after losing 91-85 in double overtime Wednesday at Saint Louis (12-10, 6-3).
Dayton scored the first eight points of the game and stretched its lead to 20-9 at the end of the first quarter and 41-27 at halftime. Dayton led throughout the second half, but Duquesne got as close as 71-65 with 56 seconds to play.
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Dayton ended Duquesne’s eight-game winning streak. The Flyers have won four games in a row against the Dukes. Dayton returns to action at 2 p.m. Sunday against Virginia Commonwealth at UD Arena. VCU (5-16, 2-7) beat St. Joseph’s 56-54 on Wednesday.