Rhode Island Shuts Down Boston University, 56-48, for Sixth Straight Win

Rhode Island Shuts Down Boston University, 56-48, for Sixth Straight Win

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Ward, Straumann, Lewis

Boston University Starters
Hope, Latham, McKendrick, Melton, Green

How It Happened
Sparked by its impressive defense and some hot shooting in the second half, Rhode Island (7-3) won its sixth straight game, defeating Boston University 56-48 Tuesday night at the Ryan Center.
 
The Rams got off to a slow start, hitting just three of their first 15 field goal attempts while BU (3-6) went on an 11-2 run over a six-minute span in the first half to open a 15-9 lead. Rhody used its defense to get back in the game though, forcing BU into 12 turnovers which led directly to 15 Rhode Island points. The Rams had nine steals in the first half alone and went into the break up 26-24.

Rhode Island opened the second half with more defensive pressure, holding BU without a field goal over a span of 7:06 that covered the final 1:55 of the first half and the first 5:11 of the second frame. During that span, the Terriers missed nine consecutive attempts from the floor while turning the ball over five times.

Senior Megan Straumann and freshman Charise Wilson caught fire from beyond the arc late, combining for five three-pointers as Rhode Island opened up a 14-point lead toward the end of regulation. Straumann connected on three consecutive 3-pointers in a span of 2:02, including one from the Alex and Ani graphic well behind the three-point arc.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Megan Straumann tied her career high with four 3-point baskets and finished with a game-high 14 points.
  • Junior Tayra Melendez (12) and freshmen Charise Wilson (11) and Dominique Ward (11) all reached double digits in scoring as well. It marked the sixth time this season that three players reach double figures, but the first time that four Rams scored 10+.
  • For Ward, it was her second straight game with 11 points, which is her career high. She also had four rebounds, three assists and one block.
  • Wilson tied her career high with seven assists.
  • Rhode Island had 14 fast break points, compared to just two for the Terriers.
  • The Terriers had a big advantage on the boards, as Rhode Island was without three forwards for the game. BU outrebounded the Rams 51-31, but Rhode Island held the Terriers to 31 percent shooting from the floor.
  • Rhode Island had 14 steals that led to 23 points off turnovers. The Rams forced BU into 19 turnovers, the second most this season for the Terriers.
  • The Rams committed a season-low nine turnovers.
  • Former Rhode Island assistant Cindy Blodgett and Stephanie Tobey were on hand, as both are now assistant for BU head coach Katy Steding.

Stat of the Game
45 – The teams combined to attempt 45 three-point shots. Rhode Island attempted 20, while BU had 25.

What's Next
The Rams are off for the next 12 days as the students enter the final exam period for the fall semester. Rhode Island plays at Bryant on Sunday, Dec. 21. Game time is 1 p.m.