Dayton reaches first Sweet 16 with 99-94 upset of Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Ally Malott scored 28 points and Amber Deane added 23 to lead No. 7 seed Dayton to a 99-94 upset of second-seeded Kentucky on Sunday.
Deane hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining to send the Flyers (27-6) to their first Sweet 16.
Kelley Austria made four free throws in the final 21 seconds and added 17 points for Dayton, which hit 11 3-pointers to help overcome 24 turnovers. Her 3-pointer with 1:09 left broke a 87-87 tie.
The Flyers, who won their seventh straight game, will face the winner of Monday's game between Louisville and South Florida in the Albany Regional semifinals.
Makayla Epps scored 22 of her 29 points in the second half to lead Kentucky (24-10). Jennifer O'Neill added 16 and Bria Goss scored 12.
The Wildcats were without senior Azia Bishop, who was suspended by coach Matthew Mitchell for "failure to uphold team standards."
Bishop was averaging 6.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Bishop had started the seven previous games and scored six points in Kentucky's 97-52 win over Tennessee State in the opening round of the tourney.
The contest featured nine ties and nine lead changes and neither team led by more than nine points.
Kentucky defeated the Flyers 84-70 in the tournament in 2013 but couldn't repeat the feat without one of its senior post players.
The teams combined for 61 fouls and 69 free throws. Dayton converted 28 of 31 from the line while Kentucky was 24 for 38.
Dayton: The senior duo of Andrea Hoover and Malott are the first class to win more than 100 career games in a four-year career. . The Lady Flyers have competed in six straight NCAA tournaments, a string which includes five straight at-large bids for the Atlantic 10 Conference school.
Kentucky: The Wildcats fell to 4-4 in second-round games in the NCAA Tournament, including a 3-1 mark at home. The Wildcats are 13-4 overall against Dayton, including a 2-1 mark in the NCAA tournament. . Kentucky is now 17-12 in the tourney.
Dayton plays the winner of Monday's Louisville-South Florida game in the semifinals of the Albany Regional.
Kentucky's season is over.