Rams Keep it Close but Fall to Flyers, 73-66

Rams Keep it Close but Fall to Flyers, 73-66

Rhody Starters:
Wallack, Banker, Whittaker, Johnson, Tabakman

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

Rhody Leaders:

Points: Wallack (15)
Rebounds: Thomas (7) 
Assists: Banker (8) 
Steals: Thomas, Lewis (3)
Blocked Shots: Johnson, Tabakman, Lewis (1)
Minutes Played: Wallack (29)

Dayton Leaders:

Points: Hoover (21)
Rebounds: Hoover (11) 
Assists: Edwards (2)
Steals: Sant (4)
Blocked Shots: Malott (3)
Minutes Played: Hoover (38)

How it Happened:
After falling behind by as many as 16 points in the second half, Rhode Island (7-18, 2-10 A-10) rallied to cut its deficit to four with less than a minute left, but the Rams eventually fell to No. 25 Dayton 73-66 Wednesday.

Redshirt freshman Kallie Banker hit a 3-point shot off an assist from senior Kerry Wallack to make the score 70-66 with 47 seconds to go. However, on the next possession, Dayton's Amber Deane converted a traditional three-point play to push the lead back to seven points and seal the victory. 

Dayton (16-5, 9-1 A-10) used a major advantage at the free throw line to build its lead. The Flyers had 26 more attempts at the free throw line than Rhode Island. Despite shooting 32 percent from the floor and 13 percent from 3-point range, Dayton never trailed.

Inside the Box Score:

  • Sophomore Tati Johnson scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in 28 minutes.
  • Johnson was one of four Rams in double digits. Senior Kerry Wallack scored a team-high 15, while sophomore Samantha Tabakman and junior Sydney Lewis each had 10.
  • Redshirt freshman Kallie Banker had six points, a career-high eight rebounds and six rebounds.
  • Nearly half of Dayton's points came at the free throw line. The Flyers scored 35 at the charity stripe and 38 from the floor.
  • Andrea Hoover had a double-double for the Flyers, scoring a game-high 21 points to go with 11 rebounds.
  • Hoover was one of four players in double digits. Amber Deane had 15m Cassie Sant had 11, and Celeste Edwards netted 10.
  • Dayton scored 29 points off of 20 Rhode Island turnovers.

Stat of the Game:
– Dayton made 35 free throws, setting a Ryan Center record. The previous record was 29 by Rhode Island against Saint Louis (Feb. 13, 2011) and against Vermont on Dec. 14 earlier this season.

What's Next:
Rhody is home against VCU Saturday, Feb. 15. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. The game is part of a doubleheader with the Rhode Island men's team, which hosts Duquesne at noon.