Melendez, Wallack, Whittaker, Palmer, Lewis
Saint Louis Starters:
Price, Jakubicek, Ball, Nelson, Womack
Points: Wallack (13)
Rebounds: Wallack (9)
Assists: Whittaker (4)
Steals: Banker (3)
Blocked Shots: Palmer (3)
Minutes Played: Wallack (38)
Saint Louis Leaders:
Points: Ball (15)
Rebounds: Womack (12)
Assists: Price (8)
Steals: Jakubicek (3)
Blocked Shots: Stipanovich (1)
Minutes Played: Price, Ball (40)
How it Happened:
Rhode Island (6-14, 1-6 A-10) again rallied from a large second-half deficit but was unable to complete the comeback in a 58-50 loss to Saint Louis Saturday.
Saint Louis (6-13, 1-5 A-10) used a strong second-half shooting effort to turn a one-point halftime lead to a 16-point advantage with 9:13 remaining. The Billikens hit 54.5 percent (12-for-22) from the floor after the break to steadily build their lead.
Over the next 6:14, Rhode Island went on a 13-0 run to close the gap to 53-50. Senior Kerry Wallack hit a pair of 3-point shots and sophomore Tayra Melendez added one of her own during the rally. However, the Rams did not score over the final 2:59 as Saint Louis held on for its first victory of the season.
Inside the Box Score:
- Senior Kerry Wallack just missed her second straight double-double. She led the team with 13 points and nine rebounds.
- Freshman Kiara Palmer scored a career-high 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked a career-best three shots.
- The Rams lost the rebound battle, 38-31.
- The victory was the first in Atlantic 10 play for Saint Louis this season.
- The Billikens had four players reach double digits in scoring, led by Desirae Ball's 15 points. Erin Nelson added 14, Denisha Womack had 11 and Olivia Jakubicek finished with 10.
- Womack had a double-double, adding a game-high 12 rebounds.
- Both teams committed just 12 turnovers.
- The game was tabbed a We Back Pat contest in honor of legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.
Stat of the Game:
2 – Rhode Island attempted two free throws in the game. By contrast, Saint Louis had 23 attempts at the line.
Rhody goes on the road to play at Fordham Wednesday, Jan. 29. Game time is 12 p.m.