Wilson Too Much for UMass as Rams Down Minutewomen, 70-58

Wilson Too Much for UMass as Rams Down Minutewomen, 70-58

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Ward, Bullard, Lewis

Massachusetts Starters
Pierre-Louis, Hill, Dillard, Timbilla, McDerment

How It Happened
Freshman Charise Wilson scored a career-high 33 points to carry Rhode Island (13-8, 5-4 A-10) to a 70-58 victory over Massachusetts on Wednesday night at The Ryan Center. Her 33 points were the most by a player in an Atlantic 10 game this season.

Massachusetts (8-13, 2-7 A-10) was on fire to start the game, hitting five of its first seven shots -- three of which came from beyond the arc. A 3-point basket by Emily Mital put UMass up 25-13 with 9:17 left in the half.

Rhody responded with a 13-0 run over the next 7:02. As has been the case throughout the season, the Rams used their defense to get back in the game. During the run, the Rams forced eight turnovers that led to 10 points for Rhody. UMass was 0-for-7 from the floor during the stretch.

Rhode Island never let up in the second half, outscoring UMass 42-28 after the break.

Inside the Box Score

  • Charise Wilson scored 17 of Rhody's 28 first half points, her most in any half this season. The Rhody freshman finished with 33 points on the night, draining five three-pointers and going 10-of-11 from the foul line. She also matched her career-best with six steals while recording five rebounds and two assists.
  • It was Wilson's first career 30+ point game and her seventh time eclipsing 20 points.
  • The 33 points were the most by a Rhode Island player since Megan Shoniker scored 35 against Saint Louis (Feb. 13, 2011). 
  • Samantha Tabakman had her second straight strong game on both ends of the floor. The junior finished with a season-high 16 points, going 5-for-6 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. She also added four blocks, four rebounds and a pair of steals. Over her last two games, Tabakman is 10-for-11 from the floor.
  • Junior Tayra Melendez also scored in double figures for the Rams, netting 12 points to go along with three steals, three assists and a block.
  • Freshman Dominique Ward led Rhode Island with six rebounds, marking the first time this season that she leads the Rams on the glass.
  • The Rams were tremendous at the free throw line, sinking a season-best 23 shots on 27 attempts (.852).
  • URI converted 23 UMass turnovers into 26 points. The Minutewomen, meanwhile, scored just eight points off of Rhode Island's season-low nine turnovers.
  • Rhody finished the game with 16 steals – its second most in a game this season and most against an Atlantic 10 opponent.

Stat of the Game
3 – Wednesday marked the third time this season Rhode Island has won a conference game in which it trailed by at least 10. The Rams beat Duquesne after falling behind by 16, and La Salle after trailing by 10 points.

What's Next
Rhode Island makes the trek to St. Bonaventure this weekend, facing the Bonnies in a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, Feb. 8.