Melendez, Wilson, Ward, Bullard, Lewis
George Washington Starters
Miller, Washington, Cranshaw, Schaible, Jones
How It Happened
Rhode Island fought hard but could not stay with the bigger George Washington Colonials, falling 59-49 Thursday night at the Ryan Center.
The Rams (10-6, 2-2 A-10) kept themselves in the game with their first-half defense. URI limited GW to 25 points in the opening half, a season low for the Colonials. George Washington had scored 30 or more points in 13 of its first 16 games. Rhody forced 12 turnovers and had seven steals before halftime.
George Washington (15-2, 4-0 A-10) used its size to wear the Rams down in the second frame. The Colonials opened the with a 12-3 run and went on to lead by as many as 18. GW's frontcourt trio of Caira Washington, Jonquel Jones and Kelli Prange combined for 38 points and 34 rebounds. Washington had 17 points and nine boards, Prange had 11 points and seven rebounds, while Jones scored 10 and points and had a game-high 18 rebounds.
Inside the Box Score
- The 59 points were a season low for George Washington, which entered the game averaging 74.6 points per game.
- Rhody's Tayra Melendez, Dominique Ward and Sydney Lewis finished with 29 combined rebounds, despite battling in the paint against much taller opponents. Melendez, Ward and Lewis (all 5-11) were up against Kelli Prange (6-5), Jonquel Jones (6-4) and Caira Washington (6-2) down low.
- Melendez finished with 12 rebounds and seven points.
- Jones had a career-high 18 boards to go with 10 points for the Colonials. It was her ninth double-double of the season. She also blocked five shots.
- Freshman Charise Wilson had 15 points, three steals and three rebounds before fouling out with 5:55 to go. She has reached double digits in 15 consecutive games.
- Junior Symone Bullard finished with 10 points, her fourth straight double-digit effort.
- Junior Brianna Thomas scored a season-high eight points. She hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the first half.
Stat of the Game
34 – George Washington scored 34 of its 59 points in the paint.
Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host La Salle on Sunday at 2 p.m.