How it Happened
Rhode Island (11-11, 5-5) struggled to find its rhythm out of the gate, connecting on just two of its first 18 shots and trailing Dayton 14-6 after the first 10 minutes of play. The Rams charged back in the second quarter, cutting the deficit to two (19-17) after a 3-pointer by Kallie Banker with 3:46 left to play in the half. However, the Flyers (12-9, 5-5) closed things out on a 14-3 run to take a 33-20 lead into the locker room.
A Sam Tabakman basket got Rhody within seven (39-32) midway through the third quarter, but that was as close as the Rams would get as Dayton led by double-digits throughout the entirety of the fourth quarter.
Inside the Box Score
- Dayton won the battle of the boards by a 56-33 margin while outscoring Rhody in the paint 26-14.
- Sophomore Dominique Ward finished with a team-high 16 points while also adding a career-best six steals, five rebounds, four assists in 32 minutes on the floor.
- Senior Tayra Melendez grabbed a team-best seven rebounds, marking the 10th time this season she led the team on the glass.
- Sophomore Charise Wilson netted 15 points for the Rams - all of which came from beyond the arc. The five treys matched her career-high, which she last recorded against Saint Joseph's a year ago.
- Wilson has now scored in double figures in 21 of URI's 22 games this season.
- The Rams' defense forced Dayton into a season-high 21 turnovers while committing just 13 of their own. Entering the afternoon, the Flyers were averaging 15.3 turnovers per game.
The Rams return to action at Duquesne on Wednesday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.