Dayton still faced a 10-point deficit, 54-44, after three quarters. The Flyers scored the first 11 points of the quarter and took a 55-54 lead on a fast-break layup by Makira Cook with 3:31 to play. Florida scored its first points of the quarter with 1:49 to play on a layup by Kiara Smith, who gave the Gators a 56-55 lead.
After a turnover by Dayton, Florida’s Jordyn Merritt made two free throws with 1:21 to play. Dayton trailed 58-55. The teams traded baskets on their next possessions with Cook scoring for Dayton and Lavender Briggs making a jump shot with 29 seconds to play.