Queens, NY (Sports Network) - Andrea Hoover scored 24 points to lead the
seventh-seed Dayton Flyers to a 96-90 double-overtime victory over the 10th-
seed St. John's Red Storm in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at
The 24 points were a career-high for Hoover as Dayton (28-2) earned its first-
ever NCAA Tournament victory. Kelley Austria also had a career-high with 21
points, Samantha Mackay chipped in 14 points and six assists and Olivia
Applewhite registered a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds. The
Flyers will battle second-seed Kentucky in the second round.
Nadirah McKenith had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds before
fouling out in the first overtime for St. John's (18-13). Shenneika Smith
added 18 points, Ashley Perez had 17 off the bench and Amber Thompson
contributed 13 as well for the Red Storm.
Going into the locker room at halftime Dayton held a controlling 43-30 lead
after shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and hitting 7-of-12 shots from
beyond the arc.
Trailing by 13 points with under five minutes left in regulation, St. Johns
ripped off a 19-6 run down the stretch capped by a pair of free-throws from
Amber Thompson with 14 seconds remaining that knotted the game at 73-73. On
the next possession Dayton got a layup from Mackay. The Red Storm took over
with six seconds on the clock which was enough time for McKenith to get off
a game-tying shot that forced overtime.
Austria missed a 3-point attempt with the Flyers down two in the last minute
of the first overtime. However they got the ball back after McKenith was
called for an offensive foul on the other end that sent her from the game.
With 16 seconds left Amber Deane sank a jumper to tie the game once again.
St. John's had a chance to win at the end of the period but Aliyyah Handford
missed a jumper and time expired.
Neither team scored in the first minute and a half of the second overtime.
Brittany Wilson stopped the dry spell for Dayton with a 3-pointer which began
the 12-6 spurt the Flyers used to close out the victory.
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