Lewis, Rams Shoot Down Hawks in Overtime, 63-61

Photo Credit: Alex Subers
Photo Credit: Alex Subers

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Bullard, Lewis, Tabakman

St. Joseph's Starters
Robinson, Fairbanks, Andrews, Cloud, Fitzpatrick

How It Happened
Senior Sydney Lewis hit her third 3-point shot of the night in overtime to provide the winning points as Rhode Island beat Saint Joseph's, 63-61, Wednesday night.

With the score tied 60-60, Lewis drained one from deep with 2:09 remaining in the extra session. From there, the Rams (14-9, 6-5 A-10) held the Hawks without a field goal.

Rhode Island led by as many as 14 in the second half before Saint Joseph's (8-15, 4-7 A-10) battled back. After the Hawks pulled ahead 56-55, Lewis hit a 3-point shot with 38 seconds left to put Rhody up 58-56. Saint Joseph's forward Ashley Robinson hit a put-back with one second left to send it to overtime.

Inside the Box Score

  • Charise Wilson finished with 24 points. It was her eighth game this season with 20 or more points, and the third time she has done so in her last five games.
  • Rhode Island had two players with double-doubles for the first time this season. Sydney Lewis had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Samantha Tabakman finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. 
  • Tabakman had four blocked shots for the third time in the last four games.
  • Symone Bullard finished with eight points and four assists.
  • Tayra Melendez recorded 12 rebounds, including a defensive board in the final second of overtime to clinch the victory for the Rams. Melendez also had five assists and three steals
  • Rhode Island had a major advantage on the boards, winning the rebounding battle 49-38.
  • The Rams held Saint Joseph's to 19 points in the first half. It was the fourth time this season URI held an opponent to less than 20 in a half, and the first time Rhody has done so since limiting Central Connecticut to 15 in the first half on Dec. 6.

Stat of the Game
10 – 
The win snapped URI's 10-game losing streak against Saint Joseph's. Rhode Island last beat the Hawks on Feb. 20, 2005. 

What's Next
The Rams are back at the Ryan Center on Sunday, Feb. 15 when they host Fordham on National Girls and Women in Sports Day. For one hour before the opening tip, athletes from the URI's women's teams will sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans. Game time is 2 p.m.