Women's Basketball Drops 57-49 Overtime Decision to Central Connecticut

Rhody Starters:
Tayra Melendez, Emilie Cloutier, Lara Gaspar, Kerry Wallack, Symone Bullard

Central Connecticut Starters:
Jaleen Thomas, Kirsten Daamen, Jaclyn Babe, Kaley Watras, Jessica Babe

Rhody Leaders:
Points: Brianna Thomas (14)
Rebounds: Samantha Tabakman (9)
Assists: Lara Gaspar (4)
Steals: Tayra Melendez (2), Kerry Wallack (2), Symone Bullard (2), Brianna Thomas (2)
Blocked Shots: Samantha Tabakman (6)
Minutes Played: Samantha Tabakman (35)

Central Connecticut Leaders:
Points: Jaclyn Babe (17)
Rebounds: Jessica Babe (9)
Assists: Jessica Babe (3)
Steals: Jaclyn Babe (6)
Blocked Shots: Jaclyn Babe (1), Johnna Fisher (1)
Minutes Played: Jaclyn Babe (38), Kaley Watras (38), Jessica Babe (38)

Inside the Box Score:

  • With six blocked shots on the night, Tabakman matched the single-game record at Rhode Island, set by Chrys Washington in 2005.
  • The Rams shot 36.5% (19-52) from the field while holding the Blue Devils to a 31.1% (23-74) showing on the night.
  • Both teams hit 9-of-13 attempts from the foul line.
  • Central Connecticut held a 49-40 rebounding advantage on the night and finished with 14 steals.
  • The Rams dished out 15 assists, but committed 27 turnovers which led directly to 13 of CCSU's points.
  • URI's non-starters combined for 24 points and 22 rebounds. Thomas came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points while Tabakman pulled down a game-best nine rebounds. 
  • The game featured six lead changes and three ties.
  • The largest lead for either team was eight points as Rhody was on top 39-31 with 8:31 remaining in regulation and CCSU finished the game ahead 57-49.
  • Rhode Island outscored Central Connecticut 26-20 over the first 20 minutes, but the Blue Devils netted 25 second-half points to URI's 19. 
  • URI led for the majority of the second frame. CCSU did not pull ahead until Kirsten Daamen hit a jumper with less than three minutes remaining in the game. Rhode Island moved back in front after a basket by Tabakman and a pair of free throws by Thomas made the score 45-42 but Jaclyn Babe hit an off-balanced three-pointer to knot things up just before time expired.
  • Central Connecticut then outscored Rhode Island, 12-4, in overtime. 
  • Gaspar made her return to the Rhody lineup after missing all of last season with an injury. She finished the night with 10 points, eight rebounds and a game-best four steals.
  • Rhode Island's freshmen accounted for 26 of the team's 49 points (Thomas-14, Tabakman-8, Bullard-4)
  • Jaclyn Babe (17) and Jessica Babe (11) both scored in double figures for the Blue Devils.

What's Next:
Rhody returns to the Ryan Center for a Tuesday night meeting with Bryant. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.  Rhode Island is 1-1 in the all-time series vs. Bryant, most recently dropping a 75-62 decision last season in Smithfield, R.I.