Melendez, Wilson, Ward, Bullard, Tabakman
George Mason Starters
Wright, O'Donnell, Padgett, Brown, Dodson
How It Happened
Despite building an early 14-point lead, Rhode Island could not contain George Mason's offense, falling 68-65 Saturday afternoon.
The Rams opened strong, building a 10-3 lead before George Mason (11-15, 6-7 A-10) made its first field goal of the game – a 3-pointer by Jewel Triggs – after 7:29 of play. The Rhody defense prevented Mason from converting on its first nine field goal attempts.
Rhode Island (11-13, 5-7 A-10) took its largest lead of the game (14 points) after a trey by Dominique Ward made it 29-15 with 4:22 remaining in the first half. However, the Patriots closed out the period on an 8-2 run and carried the momentum into the third quarter, where they outscored Rhode Island 23-8.
The Rams managed to knot the score at 57-57 after a Charise Wilson basket with 4:30 remaining in regulation, but Taylor Brown responded with a 3-ball to put the Patriots up for good with 3:53 to go.
Rhody cut it to one twice – after Symone Bullard sunk a pair from the line to make it 60-59 (3:39) and a Dominique Ward 3-pointer made it 66-65 (00:03) – but that was as close at it would get. Kara Wright sealed the win for George Mason on a pair of free throws in the final seconds.
Inside the Box Score
- Charise Wilson hit a career-high six 3-pointers and posted a season-best 30 points in the loss. It marked her second career game reaching 30 points as she last did so in a 33-point performance against UMass on Feb. 14, 2015.
- With her first 3-pointer of the game, Wilson became the first player in program history to have 60 or more treys in two different seasons. She now has 65 for the season, putting her one off Rhode Island's single-season record of 66, which was set by Lindsey O'Neil during the 2000-01 campaign.
- Wilson also dished out five assists with four steals and her fourth-career blocked shot.
- Samantha Tabakman finished the afternoon with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting. She also pulled down six rebounds and moved into 10th place in program history with her fourth of the day. She now has 597 for her career.
- Dominique Ward led the team on the glass with seven rebounds. However- as a team - Rhody was out-rebounded by a 41-28 margin.
- Rhode Island hit just 6-of-11 attempts from the free-throw line, marking the third time in the last five games the Rams make six or fewer foul shots.
- Dempsey Cooper played three minutes in the first half, contributing one rebound and one assist.
- Symone Bullard made her first start of the season in place of Kallie Banker. Banker missed the game with an injury suffered at the end of Wednesday's game at Duquesne.
- George Mason's bench outscored Rhode Island's 35-3. Mason's Kristi Mokube had 19 points and 10 boards in 30 minutes off the bench.
- Taylor Brown had 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half.
Stat of the Game
15 – Rhode Island was outscored by 15 points in the third quarter, marking its worst point differential in a second-half period this season.
Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host VCU on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.