Lady Lion Scouting Report: Dayton
The Penn State women’s basketball team will be taking on Dayton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will be played at the Bryce Jordan Center at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Here is some information about Dayton and some things to watch out for on Saturday.
Dayton Flyers (Atlantic 10 Conference)
Record: 21-11 (9-5 A-10)
Coach: Jim Jabir (115-103 at Dayton; 335-326 overall record)
Series History: Tied 1-1 (Penn State won the last match-up 112-107/2 OTs)
Players to watch for: Justine Raterman (16.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Kristin Daugherty (12.5 ppg), Patrice Lalor (8.4 ppg, 2.4 apg)
Dayton enters the NCAA Tournament as an 11-seed after making a run to the A-10 Championship game, where they lost to Xavier 67-60. The Flyers finished in a tie for third place in the A-1o during the regular season. Their resume includes a win over 25th-ranked Boston College and scoring over 100 points in three games this season.
One of those 100-point games came against Penn State in the first game of the season for both teams. It took two overtimes before Penn State came out victorious, 112-107. Dayton averages 74.4 points per game and grabs 6.6 more rebounds per game than their opponents.
Three-pointers could decide this contest. Penn State, led by Maggie Lucas, is shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc, but Dayton is holding opponents to just 32.9 percent. Dayton will need to keep Penn State from a high 3-point percentage to stay in this contest.
Look for a high-scoring game on Saturday. Both teams are scoring in the mid-70s on average, but neither team boasts a great defense. Penn State is giving up 67.4 points per game, while Dayton is giving up 66.8.
Another indicator of how the game may turn out is how Raterman and Daugherty are performing for Dayton. In the match-up earlier this season, the two combined for 57 points. If Penn State is able to contain at least one of the two, things could get ugly for Dayton, who struggles to find secondary scoring.
Overall, Penn State will be favored to win over a Dayton team that they already beat once this season. However, if Dayton is able to hold Penn State from beyond the arc and Raterman and Daugherty have good games, Dayton could pull off the upset.