Women’s basketball: Duke, Purdue among non-conference opponents for Dayton

Dayton players huddle with coach Shauna Green during a game against Duquesne on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2020, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton players huddle with coach Shauna Green during a game against Duquesne on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2020, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Flyers will play 5 games in Florida

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team will play a 12-game non-conference schedule that starts Nov. 9 against Alabama A&M at UD Arena.

The UD men’s basketball team opens the season on the same day at home against Illinois-Chicago. Times for both games have not been announced.

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Dayton women’s basketball fans can first see the team four days earlier on Nov. 5 in an exhibition game at UD Arena. The opponent is Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The highlight of the home schedule is a game against Duke on Nov. 12. The Blue Devils finished 18-12 in their last full season (2019-20).

“I am very excited about our non-conference schedule this season,” Dayton coach Shauna Green said in a press release. “It will be another challenging series of games. As always, we were very intentional while building this schedule to prepare us for the Atlantic 10 and to position ourselves with an opportunity for an at-large berth come Selection Monday. Every game will bring its unique challenges and our team will be ready to attack.”

Following the Duke game, Dayton stays at home for its third game. It plays Toledo on Nov. 17. The Flyers beat Toledo 60-42 in 2019.

The next opponent is Purdue. Dayton plays in West Lafayette, Ind., on Nov. 20. The Boilermakers finished 7-16 last season.

Dayton’s schedule includes five games in Florida.

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It will play in the Daytona Beach Invitational, facing Mississippi State at noon on Nov. 25 and then Illinois at 2:15 p.m. on Nov. 26. Mississippi State finished 12-10 last season. Illinois was 5-18.

On Dec. 8, Dayton plays the Florida Gators, who were 12-14 last season, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida was scheduled to play in Dayton last season, but the game was cancelled because of COVID-19 issues.

On Dec. 20-21, Dayton will play in the West Palm Beach Invitational. It faces High Point on the first day and Clemson, which was 12-14 last season, on the second day of the event.

Dayton’s schedule also includes a road game at Illinois State on Dec. 5 and a home game against Howard on Dec. 29.