Rhody Defeated by No. 17/18 Dayton, 74-48

Rhody Defeated by No. 17/18 Dayton, 74-48

Rhody Starters:
Boone, Thomas, Straumann, Gaspar, Johnson

Dayton Starters:
Deane, Malott, MacKay, Hoover, Sant

Rhody Leaders:
Points: Melendez (13)
Rebounds: Gaspar (7)
Assists: Gaspar, Bullard (3)
Steals: Melendez (2)
Blocked Shots: Gaspar (2)
Minutes Played: Melendez (34)

Dayton Leaders:
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.

What's Next:
Rhode Island visits St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Game time is 7 p.m.