Cats can't ground Flyers, fall to No. 7 seed Dayton in Round of 32
03/22/2015 04:59 PM
Lexington — UK Hoops wanted to play up-tempo, but the Flyers beat the Cats at their own game.
No. 7 seed Dayton made 11 three-pointers and scored 57 points in the second half to stun No. 2 Kentucky on its home court with a come-from-behind 99-94 upset victory in the second round of the women’s NCAA tournament on Sunday.
Ally Malott scored 28 points for the Flyers (27-6) and Amber Deane added 23 to lead Dayton’s offensive barrage at Memorial Coliseum.
Deane hit a three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining to give Dayton a 93-89 lead, and Kelly Austria made four consecutive free throws in the final 21 seconds to seal the upset and send the Flyers to their first-ever Sweet 16.
Makayla Epps scored 22 of her 29 points in the second half to lead Kentucky (24-10). Seniors Jennifer O’Neill Bria Goss added 16 and 12 points a piece, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the underdog Flyers team that scored 57 points in the second half to erase UK’s 45-42 halftime lead.
The Wildcats played without senior Azia Bishop, who head coach Matthew Mitchell suspended before the game for “failure to uphold team standards.”
Bishop was averaging 6.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game entering Sunday’s matchup and had started Kentucky’s seven previous contests, including its 97-52 blowout win over No. 14 seed Tennessee State in the opening round of the tournament on Friday.
This is the first time UK Hoops has not reached the Sweet 16 of the national tournament since the 2010-2011 season.