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Lady Rams Fall to Dayton

All good things must come to an end

All good things must come to an end.  Tonight, the nation’s longest active winning streak came to an end as Dayton handed Rhode Island its’ first loss in 14 games – 47-37 – and the first home loss of the season at the Ryan Center.   

 What was at stake?  First place in the Atlantic 10 as URI held a slim edge over Dayton in the the loss column coming into the contest.  Dayton’s stout defense gave URI fits as the Rams shot just 5-for-23 from the field and forced 10 turnovers in the first half alone– which led directly to 12 points for the Flyers. Dayton capitalized on the Rams’ early struggles and took a 27-15 lead into halftime.

 The Flyers stretched the 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.

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