Coach Shauna Green has no complaints about her team’s defense since the start of Atlantic 10 Conference play. The Dayton Flyers have held their first three opponents to 45, 47 and 46 points.
Except for one quarter, Dayton’s offense has played well, too. However, that one quarter — a five-point fourth quarter Saturday in Washington, D.C. — doomed the Flyers in their last game, a 46-45 loss at George Washington.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak and 2-0 start in the A-10 for Dayton (7-7, 2-1). The Flyers made 1 of 13 3-pointers in the game and 4 of 10 free throws.
“You can’t score five points in a quarter, especially the fourth, and beat probably anyone,” Green said Tuesday. “We had opportunities. We had some good looks and free throws. We had a lot of different things, and we just didn’t capitalize on them. We met Sunday. We talked. We watched film. I trust this group that we’re going to bounce back. I think they learned. We all know. Now it’s about just putting all that into action and coming back. All we can control is today, and that’s in the past. We just need to learn from it, and we’ve got to get better.”
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Dayton plays at St. Bonaventure (4-12, 1-2) at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Flyers have won four straight games in Olean, N.Y., since losing four straight games at the Reilly Center from 2002-09.
“It’s always tough going to the Bonnies,” Green said, “but we’ve got to regroup and be ready to go and get back on track.”
Dayton returns home Sunday for one of the biggest games of the season. It hosts Fordham (12-5, 3-0) at 2 p.m.
Fordham was picked to finish third in the preseason poll behind Duquesne and Dayton. It has won seven games in a row and sits atop the A-10 standings along with Virginia Commonwealth (11-5, 3-0) and Davidson (9-7, 3-0). VCU plays at Fordham on Wednesday.
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“We’ve got to get through this one tomorrow,” Green said, “but there’s no secret Fordham is a really good team. They’re 3-0 in the league right now. We’ve got to play them twice, but this first one on our home floor, it’s a game you’ve got to get. Hopefully, we have a huge crowd. Last year when we played them at home, it was to clinch the A-10 regular-season championship. We had an unbelievable crowd, and that really pushed us and we had a great game.”
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: Fans attending Sunday’s game against Fordham can stay after the game to watch “Incredibles 2” on the scoreboard at UD Arena. … On Jan. 27, UD will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day before a noon game against St. Joseph’s. There will be a clinic at 9 a.m. for girls between the second and eighth grades. It will be hosted by members of the volleyball, track and field, soccer, rowing and softball programs at Collins Gym starting at 9 a.m. Cost is $15. Girls receive a T-shirt and a ticket to the women’s basketball game as well as a bus ride to the game. Sign-up and registration starts at 8 a.m.
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