Tatyana Crowder scored a career-high six points versus Dayton on Wednesday.
Dayton broke open a tight game with a 22-5 run spanning both halves and then shot extremely well during the final 20 minutes of an 82-53 victory over Liberty in the opening game of the Cavalier Classic, Wednesday afternoon at Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena.
The Lady Flames trailed by a single point (21-20) midway through the second quarter, before being outscored 22-5 over the next 10:26 of play. Dayton prevented a comeback attempt by sinking 53.1 percent (17-of-32) of its second-half field goal attempts, including 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from behind the three-point arc.
Liberty is now 1-9 through its first 10 games of the season for the first time in program history after its eighth straight road/neutral setback. Keyen Green paced the Lady Flames with 12 points but was limited to 14 minutes of playing time due to foul trouble. As a team, Liberty connected on only 28.8 percent (15-of-52) of its field goals and just 23.5 percent (4-of-17) of its three-point tries.
Dayton's third straight victory evens the Flyers' record at 6-6 and makes them the second Atlantic-10 squad to defeat Liberty this season (also Richmond). JaVonna Layfield paced three Flyers in double figures, shooting 6-of-6 from the field during a career-high 18-point outing. For the game, Dayton finished at 47.5 percent (28-of-59) from the floor, 38.5 percent (10-of-26) from three-point range and 80 percent (16-of-20) from the free throw line.
Liberty got off to a fast start, scoring four unanswered points during the game's opening minute of play. Dayton responded with an 8-0 run, featuring five points by Layfield. The Flyers remained in front for the remainder of the first period, holding Liberty to 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from the field. Led by Layfield's eight markers, Dayton led 15-9 after 10 minutes of play.
The Flyers hit three of their first four field goal attempts to begin the second quarter, going in front 21-12 on an Ashleigh Parkinson layup at the 7:40 mark. Liberty countered with an 8-0 burst, trimming their deficit to one (21-20) when Nene Johnson nailed a reverse layup with 4:29 to play.
Christy Macioce's three-pointer capped off Dayton's ensuing 10-0 run, giving the Flyers a 31-20 lead, 1:10 before halftime. Dayton then took a 33-23 cushion into the intermission, aided by 16 first-half points in the paint and an 81.8 percent clip (9-of-11) from the foul line.
Liberty, which shot 24.1 percent (7-of-29) in the first half, got 12 of its 23 points from reserves, including a team-high seven from Lela Sellers.
Dayton began the second half with a 10-2 run, closing their overall 22-5 surge on Lauren Cannatelli's jumper with 4:02 remaining in the third period. Her hoop made it a 43-25 Flyers advantage. Liberty got no closer than 16 the rest of the period, as the quarter featured five turnovers and only 10 points for the Lady Flames.
Dayton then made seven triples during the final 10 minutes, scoring the most points (30) Liberty has ever yielded in a single quarter. Jayla Scaife hit a trio of three-pointers, tallying all 14 of her points during the period as the Flyers led by as many as 34.
Liberty notched 20 points of its own in the fourth quarter, aided by an 11-of-14 (78.6 percent) effort from the foul line. But it was not enough to avoid the Lady Flames' third straight loss.
Dayton converted its size advantage into an edge on the boards (38-35), points in the paint (30-20) and second-chance points (13-5), as well as nine blocked shots. The opportunistic Flyers also turned Liberty's 14 turnovers into 17 points.
The Lady Flames finished with season-high totals for free throws made (19) and attempted (28), while shooting well above their season average at 67.9 percent.
Ola Makurat finished as Liberty's second-leading scorer with eight points. Jordan Woods paced the team in both rebounds (4) and blocked shots (2).
For Dayton, Saicha Grant-Allen chipped in 10 points and a game-high four rejections, while tying Layfield for game-high rebounding honors with seven.
Up Next Liberty will play its second and final contest at the Cavalier Classic on Thursday, matching up with UMBC for the first time since Jan. 29, 1998. The 26th meeting between the Lady Flames and Retrievers will tip off at 4:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. Thursday's tilt will close out Liberty's 2016-17 non-conference schedule.