Rhody Comes Up Short in 49-36 Loss to VCU

Rhody Comes Up Short in 49-36 Loss to VCU

Rhody Starters
Wilson, Ward, Bullard, Thomas, Tabakman

VCU Starters
Pegram, Alaeze, Brelove, Robinson, Thorpe

How It Happened
Rhode Island (11-14, 5-8 A-10) got off to a hot start, scoring 10 consecutive points before VCU finally got on the board with its second foul shot of the night. The make from the line, however, sparked a 12-0 run that put the visiting Rams on top 12-10 with 9:07 remaining in the first half. From there, the teams traded the lead three more times with VCU taking a 25-24 lead into the break.

The visiting Rams (18-8, 7-6 A-10) rode the momentum into the second half, extending their lead to nine points (33-24) before Rhody finally scored on a Samantha Tabakman layup 7:37 into the third period. URI ended the quarter on a final-second, three-point play by Tayra Melendez to pull within seven (36-29) with 10 minutes to go.

A Melendez layup made it a six-point game (40-34) with 5:13 left on the clock but that was as close as Rhody would get as VCU outscored URI 9-2 down the stretch.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Charise Wilson's second 3-pointer of the night was her 67th of the season, setting a new single-season record for the Rams. 
  • Wilson finished the game with a team-high 12 points, all of which came in the first half. She also dished out seven assists on the night, one shy of matching her career-high.
  • Wilson also matched her career high with six steals.
  • Kallie Banker scrored nine points, hitting three 3-pointers.
  • With her third rebound of the night, senior Samantha Tabakman became the 10th player in program history to reach 600 for her career. She ended the night with a game-best eight boards. 
  • Senior Brianna Thomas made her first start of the season, in place of classmate Tayra Melendez. She finished with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 17 minutes on the floor.
  • Rhode Island committed 20 turnovers on the night, the team's most since turning the ball over 22 times against Hampton on Dec. 29.
  • VCU scored 15 second chance points to four for Rhode Island.
  • Rhody was 0-for-13 on 3-point attempts in the second half.
  • Before the game, a video was played as part of the "You Can Play" Project. The video was written by women's basketball graduate assistant coach Megan Straumann and URI Academic Advisor and Learning Specialist Kristen Casamento. It was edited and produced by sophomore softball player Madi Housel.

Stats of the Game

  • 7/5 – VCU scored just seven points in the first quarter, while Rhode Island managed just five third-quarter points. Both scoring performances were the worst of the season for each team in a single period.
  • 49/36 - VCU and URI both recorded their season lows in scoring, with 49 and 36 points, respectively. Rhody's defense held VCU 15.5 points below its scoring average for the season (60.7 ppg), but VCU's defense held URI 24.7 points below its season scoring average (60.7 ppg).

What's Next
Rhode Island returns to action on Saturday afternoon at Saint Joseph's. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.