AMES, Iowa (AP) –Erin Whalen scored a career-high 28 points, hitting seven of Dayton’s 13 3-pointers and the 11th-seeded Flyers beat DePaul 88-57 Wednesday night in the first women’s first four.
Dayton (26-5), making its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance, qualified to play No. 6 seeded Georgia on Friday in the Greensboro area.
Jenna Giacone scored 19 of her 21 points in a Flyers-dominated first half.
Dayton made 11 of 13 3-pointers in the first half while holding DePaul, the nation’s leading scorer at 88.3 points per game, just 11 of 37 from the field. Whalen made Dayton’s eighth straight 3-pointer in the first half for a 46-27 lead. The Flyers entered averaging 5.9 3-pointers per game.
Whalen and Giacone combined for three 3-pointers on a 9-0 first-quarter run and they added five 3-pointers in the first seven minutes of the second quarter. Whalen and Giacone scored 19 straight points at Dayton in the second quarter before a Makira Cook field goal gave the Flyers a 19-point lead with 1:41 left.
Giacone had all four 3-point attempts in the first half and 6 of 8 shots overall. Whalen added 17 points and Cook had 14 to help Dayton take a 55-32 lead at the break.
Cook finished with 16 points and Tenin Magassa had eight points, 14 rebounds and seven of Dayton’s season-high 15 blocks. Giacone added five blocks. The Flyers, regular season champions of the Atlantic 10, have held their opponents to 54.7 points per game this season.
DePaul shot just 27.1%.
Star rookie Aneesah Morrow had 28 points and 17 rebounds for his 27th double-double of the season in 33 games with DePaul (22-11). Lexi Held added nine points for the Blue Demons, who had just eight players available.