Rams Fall at Massachusetts, 78-70

Rams Fall at Massachusetts, 78-70

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Whittaker, Bullard, Tabakman

Massachusetts Starters
Pierre-Louis, Tarnacowicz, Dillard, Timbilla, Mital

How It Happened
Rhode Island could not contain Massachusetts inside as it fell to the Minutewomen 78-70 Sunday afternoon.

The trio of Kim Pierre-Louis, Cierra Dillard and Rasida Timbilla combined for 58 points for UMass (11-17, 5-11 A-10). The Minutewomen outrebounded the Rams (16-12, 8-8 A-10) 43-29, as Rhody struggled on the boards. Pierre-Louis controlled the paint, finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Despite the loss, Rhode Island will be the No. 6 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship. Richmond defeated VCU Sunday, locking Rhody into the sixth seed, regardless of the result against UMass.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Charise Wilson had 23 points, six rebounds and three assists before fouling out. It was her ninth time this season scoring 20 or more points.
  • Wilson also hit four 3-point baskets, giving her 58 treys on the year. She is tied with Peta Kneen (2004-05) for the third most in a season in program history. Wilson needs eight more to tie the single season program record of 66.
  • Junior Samantha Tabakman had 12 points, six rebounds and two assists.
  • Junior Symone Bullard gave the Rams a third double-digit scorer, finishing with 10 points and three assists before she fouled out.
  • Freshman Dominique Ward had seven points, while junior Brianna Thomas added six off the bench.
  • Rhode Island had 16 assists as a team. All eight players who saw action had at least one.

Stat of the Game
19 –
With nine 3-point baskets Sunday, Rhode Island has hit 19 from beyond the arc over its last two games.

What's Next
Rhode Island will play at the Atlantic 10 Championship Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. The Rams will take on the winner of Wednesday's game between the No. 11 seed and Davidson, the No. 14 seed. The official bracket will be release by the Atlantic 10 Sunday evening.