Rams Hold Off Bryant, 60-56, for Seventh Straight Win

Rams Hold Off Bryant, 60-56, for Seventh Straight Win

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Ward, Bullard, T. Johnson

Bryant Starters
J. Bailey, I. Bailey, Winder, Rucker, Olander

How It Happened
Rhode Island's defense again led the way to a victory as the Rams held on to beat Bryant 60-56 Sunday.

After leading by as many as 12 in the first half, the Rams (8-3) saw their lead cut to one, 48-47 with 5:31 to go. Junior Tati Johnson hit back-to-back baskets and classmate Tayra Melendez added her own layup to push the lead back to 54-47. 

Bryant (6-4) never went away, cutting the lead to 56-53 with 2:07 to go. However, Rhody junior Symone Bullard made four straight free throws down the stretch to secure Rhode Island's seventh straight victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • The 56 points were a season low for Bryant, which entered the game averaging 72.8 points per game.
  • Freshman Charise Wilson finished with a game-high 24 points, marking the fourth time this season she has scored 20 or more in a game. Wilson scored 16 in the first half.
  • Wilson has reached double digits in points in 10 straight games. She added five rebounds and three assists.
  • Freshman Dominique Ward had a career-high 12 rebounds to go with four points and four steals.
  • Junior Symone Bullard – who made her first start of the season – had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.
  • Junior Tayra Melendez also reached double digits, finishing with 10 points and three assists.
  • Rhody held Bryant to 1-of-11 shooting from 3-point range (9.1 percent) in the first half. The Bulldogs were just 5-for-22 (22.7 percent) from beyond the arc for the game.
  • Junior captain Brianna Thomas made her first appearance of the season of missing the first 10 games with an injury. Thomas had four rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes.
  • Junior Tati Johnson returned to the lineup after missing the last four games. She had eight points and four rebounds. 
  • The Rhode Island defense forced 16 turnovers, which led to 16 points. The Rams forced 12 turnovers in the first half. 
  • Rhode Island did not attempt a free throw until 12:53 of the second half.
  • The game was delayed 35 minutes due to a technical issue with the scoreboard.

Stat of the Game
7 – Rhode Island has won seven games in a row for the first time since the 1983-84 season. The program record is eight straight victories, which occurred in the 1978-79 season.

What's Next
The Rams are off against for nine more days. Rhody hosts Dartmouth in its final non-conference game of the regular season on Dec. 30.