Melendez, Wilson, Banker, Ward, Tabakman
Peterson, Slim, Butler, Sykes, Brianna Day
How It Happened
Rhode Island (0-1) pushed No. 23 Syracuse (1-0) to the brink, but a late surge by the Orange paved the way for a 57-54 victory in the season opener for both teams Friday.
The Rams led 48-41 with 9:36 left in the game, but a 10-2 run by Syracuse gave the Orange their first lead of the fourth quarter with 5:58 remaining. Senior Samantha Tabakman made a short jumper to put Rhody back in front 52-51 with 5:28 to go. However, Syracuse came right back with a layup by Brittney Sykes to put the Orange up, this time for good.
Syracuse held the Rams to two points over the final 5:28 to escape with a hard-fought victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Sophomore Charise Wilson started out the season with a bang, leading all scorers with 26 points. She also led the Rams with eight rebounds and had four steals.
- Wilson also hit four 3-point shots.
- Senior Tayra Melendez had 10 rebounds, four points, two blocks and two steals.
- Rhode Island had seven blocked shots on the night. Samantha Tabakman, Tayra Melendez and Jalissa Ross each had two.
- Freshman Amari Johnson gave Rhody a boost off the bench in the second half. In six minutes, she had two points, two steals and an assist.
- The Rams were strong at the free throw line, shooting 8-for-10 as a team.
- Despite being limited to 15 minutes by foul trouble, Samantha Tabakman had six points, three rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal.
- Sophomore Tyler Raysor showed her ability to score under the basket, hitting a pair of baskets in the paint.
- Redshirt sophomore Morgan Johnson scored her first career points in the first half on a 3-point basket in the second quarter.
- There were nine lead changes and one tie in the game.
- Guard Alexis Peterson had a huge impact, despite shooting just 1-for-9 from the floor. She had 10 steals, eight assists and four rebounds.
- Syracuse guard Brianna Butler led her team with 20 points, including six 3-point baskets.
- The Orange moved the ball well, finishing the night with 15 assists.
Just one game into her sophomore season, Charise Wilson already has 510 career points.
Rhode Island hits the road for a game at Marshall Wednesday, Nov. 18. Game time is 6 p.m.