Dayton Takes Down URI In Battle of A10 Leaders, Rams Win Streak Ends At 13 Games
University of Rhode Island Press Release
Rhode Island Starters
Williams, Foppossi, Cairns, Tahane, Rinat
Bradshaw, Cook, Whitehead, Whalen, Magassa
How it Happened
The nation’s longest active winning streak came to an end Wednesday night as Dayton handed Rhode Island its first loss in 14 games – a 47-37 defeat at the Ryan Center. The loss – which is Rhody’s first at home this season – also ended the Rams’ A-10 streak at 13 consecutive regular-season victories dating back to last season.
In a battle of the conference’s top teams, Rhode Island (20-4, 10-1 A-10) had its worst offensive first-half of the season, scoring just eight points in the first quarter and seven in the second. Entering the game, the Rams had recorded single-digit opening periods just twice this season – a 2-point opening quarter against Princeton and a 9-point first quarter against Duquesne.
In addition to going just 5-for-23 from the field in the first half, URI committed 10 turnovers – which led directly to 12 points for the Flyers. Dayton capitalized on the Rams’ early struggles and took a 27-15 lead into halftime.
UD (20-4, 11-1 A-10) stretched its lead to 15 in the third quarter, pulling ahead 32-17 with 7:36 on the clock. Rhode Island stormed back with a 13-2 run however, limiting Dayton to just one basket over the next seven minutes while cutting the deficit to four (34-30). Araion Bradshaw killed the Rams’ momentum at the buzzer though, as she banked in a final-second 3-ball that sent the Flyers into the final quarter up 37-30.
An early trey by Dolly Cairns got URI back within five (37-32) in the fourth, but the Rams did not score again until another basket by Cairns made it a 43-34 game with 1:50 left to play. Rhody battled until the clock hit zeroes, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Inside the Box Score
- Rhode Island’s defense held Dayton to a season-low 47 points. It was the Flyers fewest points scored in nearly two years – since a 50-38 loss at Fordham on Feb. 22, 2020.
- The Rams held a slight edge in rebounding at 39-35, but were outscored by Dayton’s bench 15-2.
- Sophomore Dolly Cairns led all players with 15 points on the night. She was 6-of-12 from the field with a pair of 3-point baskets and four rebounds.
- Redshirt junior Marie-Paule Foppossi also scored in double figured for the Rams, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, one steal and one assist.
- Redshirt senior leading scorer Emmanuelle Tahane recorded a game-high 11 rebounds but was held to just four points on 2-of-11 shooting. She also had three assists, two blocks and two steals.
- Grad student Chanell Williams added six points, three rebounds and one steal.
- Sophomore Mayé Touré was the only other player to score for the Rams. She had two points, three rebounds and one steal in 19 minutes off the bench.
Rhode Island is back in action Saturday when it travels to Richmond for a 4 p.m. game against the Spiders.