Boone, Thomas, Straumann, Gaspar, Johnson
Deane, Malott, MacKay, Hoover, Sant
Points: Melendez (13)
Rebounds: Gaspar (7)
Assists: Gaspar, Bullard (3)
Steals: Melendez (2)
Blocked Shots: Gaspar (2)
Minutes Played: Melendez (34)
Points: MacKay (16)
Rebounds: Applewhite (5)
Assists: Austria (6)
Steals: MacKay (5)
Blocked Shots: Cornelie (3)
Minutes Played: MacKay (30)
How it Happened:
Rhode Island (5-13, 0-3 A-10) could not keep up with nationally-ranked Dayton, falling 74-48 Sunday.
After the Rams scored the first five points of the game, No. 17/18 Dayton (15-1, 3-0 A-10) went on a 12-0 run to establish the lead. The Flyers went ahead for good on a 3-point shot by Samantha Mackay at the 15:44 mark of the first half.
UD led by as many as 29 points, as Mackay (16), Ally Malott (11) and Andrea Hoover (11) all reached double-digits in scoring.
Inside the Box Score:
- The Rams shot 45.7 percent (21-46) from the field, marking their best performance of the season against a Division I opponent. Overall, Rhody's best showing was against Division III Rhode Island College, when it connected on 40-of-64 attempts for a 62.5 field goal percentage.
- Tayra Melendez led Rhode Island with 13 points. She has now scored in double figures nine times and has been URI's top scorer on seven different occasions.
- Sydney Lewis scored a season-high eight points. Lewis has scored 14 points over her last two games after scoring a combined nine points in her first 14 appearances. Lewis also tied her career high in minutes played with 30, which she set in the team's last game against Charlotte.
- Rhode Island battled the Flyers on the glass, as Dayton held just a 31-28 edge. The Flyers came into the game out-rebounding opponents by an average of 11.3 boards per game.
- Rhode Island committed 25 turnovers, leading to 33 points for the Flyers. The Rams scored 10 points off of Dayton's 15 turnovers.
- Symone Bullard matched her career high with six points. She also added three rebounds and three assists in 12 minutes of action.
- Despite the loss, the Rams held Dayton below its season scoring average. The Flyers scored 74 points after entering the game averaging 80.5 ppg.
- UD made exactly 50 percent of all forms of shots in the first half. The Flyers were 14-for-28 from the floor, 4-for-8 from beyond the arc and 3-for-6 at the free throw line.
- Rhode Island did not have a free throw attempt until the 9:37 mark of the second half.
- Former Rhode Island Video Coordinator Nerlande Nicolas was back in the Ryan Center. Nicolas is now the Director of Basketball Operations for Dayton.
Rhode Island visits St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Game time is 7 p.m.