Melendez, Wilson, Bullard, Lewis, Tabakman
La Salle Starters
Beslow, Alston, Cropper, Wells, Owens
How It Happened
Rhode Island battled back from a nine-point deficit with 3:45 to go, but the rally came up just short in a 47-45 loss at La Salle Thursday.
Freshman Charise Wilson hit a 3-point shot with 1:29 to go and Sydney Lewis had a layup in the final seconds to pull the Rams (15-10, 7-6 A-10) within two points. La Salle (13-13, 4-9 A-10) missed a free throw with 1.2 second left, but a full-length 3-point shot by Wilson was short.
La Salle was spurred in the second half by Amy Griffin. After not scoring in the game's first 30 minutes, Griffin scored 11 of the Explorers' final 12 points to lift her team to the win.
Inside the Box Score
- It was a typical low-scoring game between Rhode Island and La Salle. In the five of the last six meetings, neither team has scored more than 55 points.
- Samantha Tabakman reached double digits for the third straight game, finishing with 10 points. She finished with eight rebounds.
- Tabakman also had three blocked shots, giving her 30 in a season for the second time in her career. She also had 30 during the 2012-13 season. It was the fourth time in the last six games she has had at least three blocks.
- Charise Wilson had a team-high 12 points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists. She also hit two 3-point shots, giving her 50 for the season and tying her with Dayna Smith for the 10th most in a single season in program history.
- Sydney Lewis has eight points and six rebounds. All of her points came after halftime.
- Rhode Island was perfect at the line (6-for-6), but just 3-for-19 from 3-point range.
- La Salle's bench outscored the Ram bench, 18-5.
- Rhode Island limited La Salle to 19 points in the first half, the fifth time this season the Rams have held an opponent to less than 20 points in a half.
Stat of the Game
30 – Five different Rhode Island players logged 30 minutes in the game. Charise Wilson played 39 and Symone Bullard played 36. Tayra Melendez (33), Samantha Tabakman (32) and Sydney Lewis (30) also saw at least 30 minutes.
Rhode Island will stay on the road for a game at Duquesne on Sunday, Feb. 22.