Men's basketball heads to Dayton for key A-10 game

Hoops battle part of busy weekend; women's basketball, swimming, rifle, baseball, tennis also play | February 21, 2003

Call it the rematch of the season. The Smackdown. The Thrilla in…well, Dayton. The No. 14 men’s basketball team travels up Interstate 75 to the University of Dayton on Saturday, Feb. 22, to battle the No. 25 Flyers for first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference’s west division. Both teams are 19-4 overall this season, but the 11-1 Flyers hold a half-game lead over the 10-1 Musketeers in the conference. The Musketeers handed the Flyers their only conference loss of the season so far when senior All-American David West scored a career-high 47 points on Feb. 8 and led the team to an 85-77 win at the Cintas Center. The home team, though, has won 15 of the last 16 contests between the teams. The lone exception was last year, when the Musketeers swept all three meetings between the teams. The game is being broadcast on ESPN and highlights a busy weekend for University athletics. Also this weekend, the University’s rifle team hosts the Great American Rifle Conference championship at the Walsh Range in the Armory. The GARC features five of the top 10 rifle squads in the nation. Shooting gets underway at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, and at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb. 23. The event is free and open to the public. This is the second time the University has hosted the event. The Musketeers, who were the 2001-2002 GARC regular season champions, have placed in the top four at the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship in each of the past three years. The swim teams are competing in the A-10 Conference championship this weekend in Buffalo, N.Y. The championship began on Thursday, Feb. 20, and the teams immediately qualified for two events in this evening’s finals. The baseball team is in Tennessee where it plays Lipscomb University on Friday at 3:00 p.m., a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and another single game on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The team dropped its first two games of the season last weekend against East Tennessee State University. The men’s tennis team travels to Richmond, Ky., where it plays the University of Indianapolis at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and then either Eastern Kentucky University or Austin Peay University on Saturday. The team is 3-3 on the season. The women’s tennis team is also in action this weekend, taking on the University of Akron on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Musketeers are 6-1 overall this season and 1-0 in the A-10. And the women’s basketball team begins a critical stretch this weekend when it takes on St. Bonaventure University on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center and then travels to Pittsburgh to take on Duquense University on Sunday for a 2:00 p.m. game. The team is 17-7 overall and 9-4 in Atlantic 10 games, holding on to second place in the west division behind George Washington University. However, the University of Richmond, which is 8-5, Duquesne, which is 6-6, Dayton, which is 6-7, and La Salle University, which is 5-8, are close behind. The team will be depending heavily on freshman Tara Boothe, who won her record ninth Atlantic 10 rookie of the week award this week, and senior Amy Waugh, who was just named one of the 12 finalists for the Rotary Club of Detroit’s Nancy Lieberman Award that is annually presented to the nation's top point guard. For information on all University athletics, visit the athletic department web site.