Melendez, Wilson, Banker, Ward, Tabakman
La Salle Starters
Alston, Griffin, Bullock, Owens, Mintzer
How It Happened
Samantha Tabakman turned in a dominant performance, leading Rhode Island to a 62-52 victory over La Salle Wednesday night at The Ryan Center.
Tabakman scored 29 points and added 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Of her 12 rebounds, eight came on the offensive glass, a major reason Rhode Island (11-10, 5-4 A-10) posted a 16-4 advantage in second-chance points.
The Rams never trailed in the game, beating La Salle (3-19, 0-9 A-10) for the second time this year. The victory – Rhody's fourth in the last five games – moved the Rams back above .500 for the season.
Inside the Box Score
- With 29 points, Samantha Tabakman reached double figures for the seventh straight game. She was one point off her career-best of 30, which she registered earlier in the year against Duquesne.
- She was 11-for-16 from the floor, tying for the fifth most field goals in a single game in program history. Tabakman also had 11 field goals against Duquesne this season.
- Charise Wilson was the other Ram in double figures with 14 points and three assists.
- Dominique Ward had a balanced game, scoring eight points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing two assists and recording one steal.
- Brianna Thomas finished with five rebounds and one steal in 17 minutes off the bench. Four of her boards came on the offensive end.
- Rhode Island held a 40-24 edge in rebounds.
- Symone Bullard had seven points and two steals.
Stat of the Game
3 – Rhode Island has now won three consecutive games against La Salle. Prior to tonight, Rhody had won just three of the previous 28 meetings between the teams, dating back to the start of the series in 1985.
Rhode Island is home again on Sunday when it hosts Dayton at 2 p.m.