Rams Win Second Straight, Beat LIU Brooklyn, 66-49

Rams Win Second Straight, Beat LIU Brooklyn, 66-49

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Straumann, T. Johnson, Tabakman

LIU Brooklyn Starters
Whippy, Winter, Bhasin, Vaughan, Ford

How It Happened
For the second straight game, Rhode Island never trailed as the Rams defeated LIU Brooklyn 66-49 Saturday to complete a perfect 2-0 weekend at the LIU Turkey Classic. Rhode Island and fellow Atlantic 10 member La Salle both were 2-0 at the tournament, but the Rams were named the team champion, thanks to a wider point differential in their two victories. Rhode Island won its games by a combined 28 points, while La Salle won twice by a combined 18 points.

After the Rams had built a double-digit lead, a 6-0 run pulled the host Blackbirds within five points at 51-46 with 8:40 to go. Rhode Island freshman Charise Wilson scored six straight points to push the lead back to 11 points. A Megan Straumann 3-point shot with 1:43 to go was the final dagger, as Rhode Island (3-3) got back to .500 for the season.

The Rams opened game with a 10-0 run. LIU Brooklyn (0-4) managed to tie the score twice before halftime, but was never able to take a lead.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Charise Wilson led Rhode Island with 16 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. She was named the LIU Turkey Classic MVP after averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.5 steals over the two victories.
  • Also named to the all-tournament team was senior Megan Straumann, who matched her season high with 14 points in Saturday's win. In the two wins, Straumann shot 6-for-13 from 3-point range, providing a consistent threat from outside. Over her last three games, Straumann is 11-for-20 from beyond the arc. 
  • Straumann has connected from 3-point land at least once in four straight games.
  • Freshman Dominique Ward had a big game off the bench, scoring nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. She had seven points in the first half.
  • The Rhody frontcourt of Tayra Melendez, Samantha Tabakman and Tati Johnson combined for 18 points and 21 rebounds. Sydney Lewis added six points off the bench. 
  • Rhode Island outscored LIU Brooklyn 38-22 in the paint. 
  • After committing 17 turnovers in the first half, the Rams were much better with the ball in the second half with just six turnovers. LIU Brooklyn had 21 points off turnovers in the first half, but just five after the break.  
  • Rhode Island has not played a game decided by less than nine points this season.
  • The last time Rhode Island was .500 or better after six games was the 2010-11 season, when it also started 3-3.
  • Rhode Island head coach Daynia La-Force was an assistant coach at LIU Brooklyn from 1995 through 2002.
  • Rhode Island allowed just 19 points in the second half, the fewest it has allowed in any half this season.

Stat of the Game
0 – Over its last two games, Rhode Island has not trailed at any point.

49 - Rhode Island held both Towson and LIU Brooklyn to 49 points. The last time the Rams held consecutive opponents to less than 50 points was during the 2007-08 season, when they fell to George Washington 48-45 on Jan. 16 and then beat St. Bonaventure 56-48 on Jan. 19.

What's Next
The Rams return to the Ryan Center to host in-state rival Brown Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.