Melendez, Wilson, Banker, Ward, Tabakman
Hamilton, Scott, Porter, Victrum, Evans
How It Happened
Rhode Island held the explosive Marshall offense well below its season scoring average, but it wasn't enough as the Rams fell 72-62 Wednesday.
The Rams (0-2) trailed by six entering the fourth quarter. Rhody opened the fourth quarter on a 5-0 run with a 3-point shot from Charise Wilson and a steal and fast-break layup by Dominique Ward that trimmed the deficit to 49-48.
After a defensive stop, the Rams had a chance to take the lead when Ward drew a foul, but a technical foul on Wilson gave Marshall (3-0) two free throws, which Taylor Porter made. Ward hit her two free throws as well to keep it a one-point deficit at 51-50 with 8:08 remaining. Marshall went on a 7-0 run to push the lead back to eight, which it maintained down the stretch.
Marshall was hot at the start, scoring 23 points in the opening quarter. When Leah Scott hit a jumper to open the second quarter, the Thundering Herd was up by 15 points, leading 25-10.
Rhode Island went on a 12-0 run to get itself back within three points at 25-22. Morgan Johnson and Amari Johnson each had six points to key the run, while the Ram defense kept the high-octane Marshall offense scoreless for 4:34 until another Scott jumper got the Herd going again. Rhody got as close as one point on a basket from Dominique Ward, but Marshall closed the half with a 5-0 run to take a 35-29 lead into the break.
Inside the Box Score
- Marshall enjoyed a significant advantage at the free throw line, attempting 31 free throws to 12 for the Rams. Rhody was called for 27 fouls - and had three starters foul out - while the Thundering Herd was whistled 15 times.
- Freshman Amari Johnson provided a big spark off the bench, scoring nine points to go with two rebounds, two steals and two assists in 16 minutes.
- Redshirt sophomore Morgan Johnson had a career-high nine points, hitting three 3-pointers.
- Sophomore Dominique Ward scored a career-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting. She also had three assists and three steals.
- Senior Brianna Thomas had five rebounds, five assists and one block in 25 minutes.
- Senior Samantha Tabakman recorded a double-double, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tabakman also had three blocks and two assists.
- Sophomore Charise Wilson had 12 points and four rebounds before fouling out.
- Freshman Laura Perez three rebounds in her collegiate debut.
- Marshall entered the game averaging 98 points per game after scoring 104 against Morehead State and 92 against Brescia.
- Rhode Island had 19 assists.
Stat of the Game
72 – Rhode Island held Marshall to 72 points, which was 26 points below the Thundering Herd's season average entering the game.
Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host the URI Tip-Off Tournament Saturday and Sunday. The Rams play Harvard at noon Saturday, followed by Toledo against Albany at 3 p.m. The winners of each game will face each other in the title game Sunday, and the losers will play in the consolation game.