Dayton’s Jabir hits milestone with win
DAYTON, Ohio – Jim Jabir became the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in University of Dayton program history with the Flyers’ 102-69 victory over Toledo Sunday at UD Arena.
Jabir picked up his 120th victory, passing Linda Makowski’s 119 wins from 1980-86.
UD (5-3 overall) shot a season-high 59.7 percent from the field and held the Rockets (4-4 overall) to just 20 percent from three-point range, also a season best for the UD defense. Twelve of the fourteen active Flyers scored in the game, and six scored in double figures. Senior Kristin Daugherty led the way with a game-high 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 5-of-7 on threes.
Dayton also forced a season-high 23 turnovers, in addition to dishing a season-best 28 assists.
“When you shoot 60 percent you are going to have a pretty good game,” said Jabir. “I’m so proud of the way the girls played today. The played with intensity and made shots. They followed the game plan. They played very unselfish ball today.”
Starting out with a bang, the Flyers lit up the scoreboard in the first half against in-state opponent Toledo. Redshirt sophomore Brittany Wilson scored the first six points in the first minute of the game.
Dayton held a 13-1 lead early in the half. The Rockets finally managed to score their first field goal against the stifling Flyer defense with 15:49 remaining on the game clock. Kristin and Kari, the Daugherty sister duo, led Dayton in the half after combining for 21 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Kari finished the game with 10 points.
Junior Justine Raterman, who was honored before the game for her 1000th career point, continued to add to her total with a solid five-point half. She finished with 12 points and three assists.
Junior point guard Patrice Lalor’s quickness was on full display as she frequently slashed to the basket and garnered six points and four assists. She finished the game with eight points and five assists.
Playing against the Rocket zone for much of the half, the Flyers displayed patience and teamwork as they continued to find the open player and dominate on the glass. Dayton held a 52-30 lead after the first twenty minutes of action.
With the starters on the bench for most of the second half, Dayton showed no signs of letting up as sophomore Olivia Applewhite, junior Casey Nance, and freshman Cassie Sant dominated in the paint and on the boards.
Applewhite contributed a career-high 14 points, Nance notched 11 points, and Sant added a career-high 10 points. All three proved essential as the Flyers broke the 100-point barrier for the second time this season.
After playing four games in nine days, the Flyers will have a bit of a break. They won’t play again until they travel to take on Louisville on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m.