Women’s basketball: Dayton routs George Mason in first A-10 road game

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Credit: David Jablonski

Credit: David Jablonski

Flyers all alone in first place with 3-0 record

Jenna Giacone scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help lead the Dayton Flyers to a 59-37 victory against George Mason on Friday in Fairfax, Va.

The Flyers (4-1 overall) improved to 3-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference and will stay in the area this weekend to prepare for a noon game Sunday at George Washington (3-5, 0-2). That game will be televised on ESPNU.

Dayton sits alone in first place. It has a half-game lead over Fordham (6-3, 3-1), Massachusetts (7-2, 3-1), Davidson (6-4, 3-1) and Virginia Commonwealth (4-5, 2-0).

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Ten different players scored for Dayton. Araion Bradshaw and Maliya Perry each scored nine. Erin Whalen and Makira Cook scored seven each. Tenin Magassa scored six points.

Dayton took control with a 13-3 run in the second quarter, turning a 13-13 game into a 26-16 lead. Dayton put the game away with a 15-2 run stretching from the third quarter into the fourth.

The Flyers shot 3 of 13 from 3-point range (23.1 percent), their worst percentage of the season, but made 21 of 42 2-point shots (50 percent) and 8 of 9 free throws.

George Mason (3-6, 0-2) shot 21.2 percent from the field, its third worst shooting percentage of the season.

Dayton improved to 8-2 in the series against George Mason, which was picked to finish last in the A-10 preseason poll. The Flyers have won three straight games against their next opponent, GW, which was picked to finish ninth.

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