Melendez, Wilson, Banker, Ward, Tabakman
Omogrosso, Szamosi, Robinson, Lass, Gronas
How It Happened
Rhode Island cut a 17-point, first-half deficit to four points (51-47), but the Rams were unable to complete the comeback as they fell to No. 25 Duquesne, 79-70 Wednesday night.
The Duquesne duo of April Robinson and Amadea Szamosi combined for 50 of the Dukes' 79 points. It was Robinson that scored 11 points during a 16-0 run for Duquesne (16-1, 4-0 A-10) that ended the first half. The outburst sent Rhode Island (7-9, 1-3 A-10) into the break trailing 49-32.
Rhody did not back down, opening the second half on a 15-2 run to cut the deficit to four points. A Samantha Tabakman 3-point shot made the score 51-47, but that was as close as the Rams could make it.
Inside the Box Score
- Samantha Tabakman scored a career-high 30 points, making 11-of-14 from the floor. She added 10 rebounds to record her sixth double-double of the season.
- The 30 points for Tabakman marked the first time a Rhode Island player has scored 30 points in a game since Charise Wilson had 33 against Massachusetts on Feb. 4, 2015.
- Charise Wilson finished the game with eight points, six assists and four rebounds before fouling out. It was the first time this season Wilson has not scored in double figures.
- Tayra Melendez and Dominique Ward added eight points each for the offense.
- April Robinson led Duquesne with 29 points, hitting five 3-pointers.
- Amadea Szamosi added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Dukes.
- Rhode Island got scoring from six different players in the first quarter.
- The first quarter marked the fifth time this season Rhody scored 20 or more in a quarter.
- Duquesne was 22-of-25 at the free throw line, while Rhode Island was 13-for-19.
- The Rams had a 34-14 edge on points in the paint.
Stat of the Game
31 – The 31 points by Duquesne in the second quarter was the most by a Rhode Island opponent in any game this season.
Rhode Island heads to Philadelphia for a game at La Salle Saturday, Jan. 16. Game time is 1 p.m.