Previewing the opponent: Dayton Flyers

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The women's basketball team will have a tougher test tomorrow night when they face the University of Dayton at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena. The Flyers not only garnered votes in the pre-season AP poll, but also were tabbed in a first place tie with Temple as the Atlantic 10's pre-season favorite.

Three players on this Flyer team earned pre-season A-10 nomination. Dayton returns seven seniors, an unbelievably striking number for a team that finished last season with 21-12 overall and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Key contributors that may pose problems for the Bearcats include, senior Justine Raterman, senior Casey Nance, and senior  Patrice Lalor.

Raterman who is a starting forward for Head Coach Jim Jabir and the Flyers was named to the Los Angeles Athletic Club Women's Preseason Top 30 list for the John R. Wooden Award. She poses size and skill and is a player that will play in the paint as well as behind the arc.
Nance is an imposing center standing at 6-foot-5 and is also one of the captains for this senior ridden squad. She is second all-time in blocks for Dayton and was a pre-season All-Defensive team selection at the Atlantic 10's media day in Newport News, Va.

Lalor is Dayton's starting point guard and is also a captain for the Flyers. She has shown the ability to score in bunches, which will give Head Coach Jamelle Elliott and the Bearcats a tough match-up come tomorrow night.

Dayton lost their season opener to the University of Toledo after starting the game out slow and surrendering 10 straight points. This result proves that the Flyers may be vulnerable on the road, but they will also be trying to avenge their loss to the Rockets against a fellow Ohio program in Cincinnati. 

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