The win was the second for the Flyers in their brief NCAA tournament history. The team first made the NCAAs in 2010 and pulled off a win over TCU. They had lost the past two years in their opening games. Brittany Wilson, who hit the game-winning shot in UD’s 18-point come-from-behind victory over TCU, also scored a trey in the second overtime that gave Dayton the lead for good.
Tradition never comes easy. It is a process that will never give the luxury of being instantaneous and almost certainly will produce heartache. On Saturday night, tradition was vicious to the Fordham Ram women’s basketball team as they dropped a heartbreaker in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament championship to Saint Joseph’s, 47-46.
It was the worst of halves, it was the best of halves for the St. Joseph’s women’s basketball team. The Hawks overcame an early 10 point deficit and poor shooting to defeat the Fordham Rams, 47-46 and capture the 2012-13 Atlantic 10 conference championship.
Saturday night from the Barclays Center, it all comes down to this; the summer workouts, weight room, film room, countless hours in the gym, all of the sweat and tears. A one game, winner take all battle. It’s the 2012-13 Atlantic 10 women’s basketball conference championship. The prize? For one team it will be bragging rights for a year and an automatic ticket to the NCAA tournament.
For Chatilla van Grinsven and the St. Joseph’s women’s basketball team it was a shot at redemption. Just one week after losing at #11 Dayton in the Atlantic 10 regular season finale, the Hawks found themselves with another opportunity against the top ranked Flyers. Only this time the stakes were higher – a ticket to Brooklyn was on the line.
The Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team is headed to the Atlantic 10 title game next Saturday in Brooklyn as the Hawks topped #11 Dayton in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship Sunday afternoon at Hagan Arena. With the win, the Hawks will now play for the A-10 title next Saturday, March 16 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Leading by one at the half, the Rams knew they would have to start hitting from deep to put away a tough Temple team and give Coach Stephanie Gaitley her 500th career win. In the second stanza, the Rams did just that, draining seven out of their 13 attempts from downtown to top the Owls, 66-55, in Hagan Arena.
Offense wins games, defense wins championships. Whether that is true is an argument that many have waged and few have agreed upon. On Saturday, the Dayton Flyers briefly won that argument utilizing a stingy defense to defeat George Washington in Atlantic 10 conference quarterfinal action, 74-49.
There must be something about the sight of the Saint Joe’s logo that makes the basket look extra big for Marah Strickland. After setting a career-high with 31 points against the fellow Jesuit institution a few weeks ago, the graduate student exploded for 22 points on Saint Joe’s home court in the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals, leading Fordham to a 65-48 victory over Saint Louis.
The fourth seeded Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team down fifth seed Duquesne, 73-60, Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena. The Hawks advance to face top seed Dayton in the semifinals on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The semifinal matchup will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.