St. Joe’s wins, La Salle falls in women’s A-10 tourney

CINCINNATI - The Crista Ricketts-era at La Salle came to a quick close this afternoon in the Atlantic Ten women's basketball tournament opener as Dayton extinguished the Explorers, 57-43.

In the day's second game, St. Joseph's defeated Rhode Island, 68-52. The Hawks play Charlotte today at 2 p.m. in a second-round game.

The Flyers (12-18) advanced to a quarterfinal game tomorrow against top-seeded George Washington (25-2), the eighth-ranked team in the country, which had a bye.

Dayton jumped to a 19-8 lead midway through the first half and the Explorers (19-11) were unable to challenge the rest of the game at the Cintas Center on host Xavier's campus.

"For whatever reason, today, we were bad and Dayton was good," La Salle coach Tom Lochner said. "It's not a reflection on our season as a whole, but today was one game out of 30 and we picked the wrong day."

Ricketts finished with 17 points and was the only La Salle player to score in double figures.

Nikki Oakland had 15 points for Dayton, and Brittany Holterman scored 12.

Ricketts finished with 1,645 career points, third on the all-time list at La Salle.

"It was a tough one," Ricketts said of her last collegiate game and Dayton's defense. "Double-teams, triple-teams we expected. But Dayton really gets in our shorts. All credit to them, but it's not the way you want to go out."

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