Erin Whalen led the starters with nine points. She and Jenna Giacone suffered ankle injuries during the game.
“They’re hobbled,” Green said. “They wanted to play. I’m sure they were mad I didn’t put them back in. We’ve got a game in 48 hours. We held (the lead) without them. Hopefully, they’ll get treatment and feel good on Sunday.”
Freshman Tenin Magassa had nine rebounds and six blocked shots, the ninth-highest single-game total in school history.
Dayton trailed 10-9 late in the first quarter when a layup by Cook started a 7-0 run. The Flyers ended the first half with a 9-3 run and led 27-17 at halftime. They pushed their lead to as many as 16 points in the third quarter.
This was Dayton’s first game since a 77-74 loss to Akron at UD Arena on Dec. 6. COVID-19 issues within the program — positive tests and contact tracing that resulted in other players and staff members having to quarantine — resulted in the cancellation of five non-conference games.
Dayton will play Duquesne (2-3, 1-0) in its next game at noon Sunday at UD Arena. Duquesne was scheduled to play Saint Louis on Friday, but that game was postponed because of COVID-19 issues at Saint Louis.