There is a tattoo parlor a block away from the Times Union Center. Dayton women’s basketball coach Jim Jabir has been a little busy this week in Albany, so his promised tattoo will likely have to wait until the season ends
However, Jabir does get an extra two days on the west bank of the Hudson River. If he didn’t have to deal with a problem called Connecticut, maybe he would have the time.
The No. 7 seed Flyers beat No. 3 seed Louisville 82-66 on Saturday in the Sweet 16. They play No. 1 seed Connecticut in the Elite Eight at 7 p.m. Monday.
Jabir, who promised to get a tattoo if the Flyers made the Sweet 16, said he wasn’t making any more promises.
“We’ve been telling them on this whole journey, this is hard,” Jabir said. “It’s called the Elite Eight, not the Elite Eighty.”
Star of the game: Andrea Hoover scored 26 points on 5-of-8 shooting. She made 15 of 15 free throws. She played all 40 minutes.
Hoover has 1,835 points in her career. She passed former teammate Justine Raterman (1,832, 2008-12) and now ranks fourth in Dayton history.
Play of the game: Ally Malott’s 3-point play at the 8:26 mark of the second half started a 13-0 run by the Flyers.
Stat of the game: The Flyers made 28 of 31 free throws in the second-round victory against Kentucky and 26 of 30 against Louisville. In the two games, they’re shooting 88.5 percent.
Tweet of the day: From Jabir, “Words cannot express how proud I am of this team. Thank u @FlyerPepBand and our AMAZING fans! U were loud and proUD today! #StillDancing”
Quote of the day: Jabir explained some errant passes in the first half by saying the Flyers were passing to the Louisville Cardinal mascot by mistake.
After halftime, he said he told the team, “I know the bird is red, but he’s got a yellow beak.”Jabir said, “I told them the only person with a bigger beak than that bird was me, and I wasn’t playing. They laughed at that, and we were able to chill out a little bit. It was stage fright. Ally’s throwing the ball to me. We hit the bird twice. We were rushing.”