PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Taru Tuukkanen scored 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting as 12th-ranked Xavier returned to the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament with an 80-71 victory over upstart Dayton.
Nicole Levandusky added 17 points and Jennifer Phillips 15 for Xavier (27-2), which will carry a 17-game winning streak into Monday's final against George Washington. The Musketeers won the tournament last season and have reached the title game each of the last three years.
Xavier held Dayton (16-13) to 38 percent shooting (11-of-29) and built a 35-26 halftime lead. Both teams were torrid in the second half as the Musketeers clicked at 63 percent (17-of-27) and the Flyers at better than 70 percent (19-of-27).
Chrissy Donovan scored 14 points and Alena Martens and Kristy Hineline each had 12 for Dayton, which was making its first appearance in the Atlantic 10 semifinals. The Flyers had a three-game winning streak stopped.