Women's Basketball Defeated by Drexel, 55-43, in TD Bank Classic Opener

Women's Basketball Defeated by Drexel, 55-43, in TD Bank Classic Opener

Rhody Starters:
Melendez, Wallack, Cloutier, Thomas, Gaspar

Drexel Starters:
Jones, Theirolf, Mershon, Wootton, Creighton

Rhody Leaders:
Points: Straumann (11)
Rebounds: Cloutier (6)
Assists: Gaspar (3)
Steals: Thomas (2)
Blocked Shots: Tabakman (1), Cloutier (1)
Minutes Played: Melendez (33)

Drexel Leaders:
Points: Wootton (16)
Rebounds: Johnson-Allen (5)
Assists: Wootton (3), Reddick (3)
Steals: Johnson-Allen (4)
Blocked Shots: Jones (2)
Minutes Played: Wootton (37)

Inside the Box Score:

  • With the loss, Rhody drops to 2-5 while Drexel improves to 5-2.
  • The Dragons led for the entire game. Rhody cut its deficit to four (24-20) in the final minutes of the first half but could not get any closer. Drexel pushed its advantage to double digits early in the second half and led by 10-or-more the rest of the way
  • The Rams shot a season-high 44.4% (16-36) from the field. Rhody also connected on 4-of-9 attempts from long range, its most threes in a single game so far this year.
  • URI held a 24-20 rebounding advantage, but committed 20 turnovers - which led directly to 11 Drexel points.
  • The Dragons got to the free throw line 24 times and netted 18 attempts. Rhody was 7-of-10 from the line.
  • Sophomore Megan Straumann registered a team-best 11 points while junior Emilie Cloutier grabbed a game-high six rebounds.
  • Taylor Wootton netted a game-high 16 points for Drexel. Meghan Creighton and Renee Johnson-Allen also finished in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

What's Next:
Rhode Island returns to Vermont's Patrick Gym to take on Houston Baptist at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.