No. 18 Dayton women win 20th, beat Xavier 78-68

Samantha MacKay scored 18 points and had seven assists as No. 18

Dayton defeated Xavier 78-68 Thursday night to reach 20 victories

for the sixth consecutive season.

Andrea Hoover’s 3-pointer broke a 36-36 tie in the second half

and started the Flyers (20-1, 8-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) on a 21-7

run that was capped by MacKay’s 3-pointer for a 57-43 lead with

10:04 remaining.

The Musketeers (7-15, 1-7) shot 57.1 percent (16 of 28) in the

second half to stay within range, but a 3-pointer by Hoover with 46

seconds left increased Dayton’s lead to nine, 77-68.

Briana Glover scored all 13 of her points for Xavier in the

second half, and Amber Gray led the Musketeers with 21 overall.

Four Dayton players joined MacKay in double-figures scoring,

with Amber Deane getting 12 and Ally Malott, Kelley Austria and

Olivia Applewhite each getting 11. Applewhite also grabbed nine

rebounds.