Rams Can't Overcome Slow Start in Loss at Dayton

Rams Can't Overcome Slow Start in Loss at Dayton

Rhody Starters
Lassiter, Ross, M. Johnson, Ward, Motrechuk

Dayton Starters
Grant-Allen, Harris, Burdette, Austria, Layfield

How It Happened

Rhode Island could not overcome a slow first half on offense, as the Rams fell at Dayton, 81-51, Saturday afternoon.

Dayton opened the game on a 21-2, putting the game away early. Kelley Austria scored 11 points for the Flyers (14-7, 8-1 Atlantic 10) as Dayton led 24-6 at the end of the first quarter.

It was more of the same in the second quarter, as Rhode Island (4-17, 0-9 A-10) did not make its first field goal until 3:53 remained in the half. Dayton led by as many as 38 points in the opening half, though the Rams did score the final five points of the period, including a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer by Amari Johnson that made the score 49-17 at the break.

The Rams managed to outscore Dayton in the third quarter, 13-12. Johnson scored six points for Rhode Island, while Dominique Ward and Nicole Jorgensen each had three.

Rhode Island continued to battle in the fourth, edging Dayton 21-20 in the final period. It wasn't enough to challenge the lead, as the Rams dropped their 14th straight contest.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Amari Johnson scored 12 points off the bench for Rhode Island. She added two rebounds, one block and one steal.
  • Sophomore Jalissa Ross also scored 12 points, a season high. She also had two rebounds and two assists.
  • Freshman Nicole Jorgensen had seven points and four rebounds off the bench.
  • Freshman Ednaija Lassiter led Rhode Island with a career-high nine rebounds.
  • The 32-point halftime deficit was the largest of the season for Rhode Island.
  • The starting lineup of Ednaija Lassiter, Jalissa Ross, Morgan Johnson, Dominique Ward and Dina Motrechuk was the eighth different starting lineup for Rhode Island this season.
  • Dayton scored 28 second-chance points off of 18 offensive rebounds. 

Stat of the Game
– Dayton's bench scored 37 points, the most by any Rhode Island opponent this season.

What's Next

Rhode Island is back at the Ryan Center to host La Salle Wednesday, Feb. 1. Game time is set for 7 p.m.