Ross, Wilson, Banker, Ward, Tabakman
Boston University Starters
Thompson, Hauck, Hope, Melton, Sheftic
How It Happened
Rhode Island's defense was dominant once again as the Rams ran away from Boston University in the second half to win 57-41 Wednesday night.
Rhody (4-4) trailed 23-21 at the half as it struggled to get any rhythm on offense. However, the Rams outscored the Terriers (0-8) 17-3 in the third quarter to build a 12-point lead heading into the final period.
The Rams never let BU back into the game, as the defense applied heavy pressure. For the game, the Terriers shot just 19.7 percent from the floor (12-for-61) as Rhode Island coasted late for its second straight win. Rhode Island set a team record with 11 blocked shots in the game.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Tayra Melendez tied a school record with six blocked shots. She also had eight rebounds.
- Senior Samantha Tabakman recorded her fourth double-double of the season, finishing with 12 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. She added four blocked shots.
- Sophomore Dominique Ward had her first career double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds. She added three steals as part of the Rhody defense.
- Sophomore Charise Wilson overcame a tough shooting night to score 14 points, 11 of which came after halftime.
- Senior Symone Bullard made her season debut after missing the first seven games with an injury. She scored eight points and had two rebounds.
- Junior Dempsey Cooper also made her season debut, scoring two points and grabbing one rebounds. She played most of the second quarter and helped the Rams get through early foul trouble.
- Rhode Island held BU to single digit points in the first quarter (6) and third quarter (3).
- BU's Sarah Hope had a game-high 23 points and made seven 3-point baskets.
Stats of the Game
3 – Rhode Island gave up just three points in the third quarter, the lowest for an opponent in any quarter this season.
11 – Rhode Island set a new school record with 11 blocked shots. Tayra Melendez had six, Samantha Tabakman had four and Amari Johnson had one.
Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to take on Columbia Saturday, Dec. 9. Game time is 2 p.m.