Flyers set to start women’s basketball campaign under new management

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Shauna Green is in her first year as head coach of the Flyers

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The Dayton women’s basketball team will begin a new era Sunday when the Flyers open the season against Quinnipiac at 2 p.m. at UD Arena.

Here is what you need to know about the upcoming season:

1. Dayton is led by head coach Shauna Green, who was hired in September to replace Jim Jabir, who stepped down while citing health concerns. She spent three years as an assistant to Jabir before serving as an assistant at Northwestern last season.

2. The Flyers were 14-15 last season but made the postseason for the ninth straight season when they received a bid to the WNIT. Dayton had its first losing season since 2006-07.

Jenna Burdette cuts off a screen by Maddy Dennis during the Flyers’ preseason 74-48 win over Grand Valley State Sunday at UD Arena. JOHN CUMMINGS / STAFF
Jenna Burdette cuts off a screen by Maddy Dennis during the Flyers’ preseason 74-48 win over Grand Valley State Sunday at UD Arena. JOHN CUMMINGS / STAFF

3. UD returns three starters, including junior guard Jenna Burdette, a third-team All-Atlantic 10 pick last season when she averaged 11.5 points per game and led the conference in three-point shooting (40.4 percent).

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4. Saint Louis is the preseason favorite in the A-10 followed by Dayton and Duquesne, who tied for No. 2 in the league’s preseason poll.

5. Green will also welcome back Kelley Austria, a senior guard from Carroll High School who took a medical redshirt last season. She was a member of the A-10 all-defense team while starting all 35 games in 2014-15.

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6. Among four newcomers on the Dayton roster is Alex Harris, a junior transfer from Penn State. She was one of Ohio’s top-rated recruits when she signed with the Nittany Lions out of Lorain.

7. Dayton’s opening opponent is the reigning MAAC regular season champion. The Bobcats return four starters.

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