UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa – The No. 6 seed University of Dayton women’s basketball team (23-8) saw its season end with an 83-69 loss to No. 11 seed Florida (20-12) in the 2014 NCAA First Round.
Junior Andrea Hoover led all scorers with 22 points, and also had four rebounds, four steals and two assists for the Flyers. Freshman Celeste Edwards scored 15 points to go along with her team-high four assists. Sophomore Amber Deane added 14 points, three assists and three steals. Junior Ally Malott put up 12 points, a game-high three blocked shots and two assists.
The Gators outrebounded the Flyers 41-26, including 24-10 in the second half. Florida also had 15 offensive rebounds, to Dayton’s five. Florida led on points in the paint (46-32), second chance points (15-6) and bench points (10-3).
The Flyers held a 32-29 lead at the half and came out strong from the break. UD led by as many as 12 points with 15:12 to play in the game after opening the second half, outscoring Florida 16-7.
Florida took its first lead of the second half with 8:52 to play on a Kayla Lewis layup that put the Gators up 57-56. Dayton never led in the contest again. Edwards scored the Flyers’ last seven points, but Florida was solid from the free throw line down the stretch, knocking down 6-of-6 in the final 50 seconds.
Florida had five players score in double figures, led by Cassie Peoples with 21 points and six assists.