Scrappy Dukes fall to Dayton

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Dayton remained perfect in Atlantic 10 Conference play with a thrilling 58-57 victory Monday night against Duquesne at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

Andrea Hoover led the Flyers with 20 points and freshman Kelley Austria chipped in a career-high 17 points off the bench.

Dayton (22-1, 10-0) trailed, 50-41, when Hoover's basket with 12:17 left sparked a 13-0 Dayton run that lasted about 4 1/2 minutes and put the Flyers ahead, 54-50.

Ahjah Hall's two free throws pushed the Dukes (19-6, 8-2) back ahead, 57-56, with 3:21 left, but Ally Malott answered with two free throws for Dayton 50 seconds later for the decisive lead.

Duquesne missed six shots and committed three turnovers in the final 2 1/2 minutes, including two failed shot attempts in the final eight seconds.

Vanessa Abel missed a 2-point jumper and Jocelyn Floyd missed on a follow-up shot after her rebound with four seconds remaining as visiting Duquesne fell just short.

Floyd had set up the dramatic ending with a steal with 46 seconds remaining and Wumi Agunbiade missed, rebounded and missed again before the Lady Dukes called a timeout to set up the final sequence of shots at the end.

Agunbiade led Duquesne starters with 12 points and Oditte Odisho scored 14 points off the bench.

Dayton shot just 37.5 percent (18 of 48), but made 18 of 22 free throws to Duquesne's 4 of 8.

Abel and Floyd scored eight points each for the Lady Dukes and April Robinson added seven points.

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