Women's Basketball Falls at Providence, 78-52

Women's Basketball Falls at Providence, 78-52

Rhody Starters:
Melendez, Whittaker, Thomas, Gaspar, Tabakman

Providence Starters:
Roberts, Rule, Baldwin, Iisola, Harris

Rhody Leaders:
Points: Melendez (19)
Rebounds: Gaspar (9)
Assists: Gaspar, Bullard (2)
Steals: Melendez, Cloutier, Boone (1)
Blocked Shots: Melendez (2)
Minutes Played: Melendez (33)

Providence Leaders:
Points: Rule (16)
Rebounds: Harris (8)
Assists: Roberts (3)
Steals: Roberts (5)
Blocked Shots: Baldwin (2)
Minutes Played: Iiskola (39)

Inside the Box Score:

  • With the loss, Rhode Island drops to 5-7 while Providence improves to 3-8.
  • Rhode Island struggled in the first half, shooting just 25.9% (7-27) from the field with no player netting more than one basket. The Rams also connected on just 3-of-8 attempts from the line while PC held a 27-18 rebounding advantage over the opening 20 minutes.
  • Overall, Rhody finished 13-of-19 from the line an 17-of-57 (29.8%) from the field. Providence meanwhile, shot 41.5% (27-65) and connected on 21-of-24 free throw attempts.
  • The Friars held a 44-43 edge in rebounding as well as an 11-3 advantage is steals. 
  • Providence also committed just six turnovers on the afternoon, while scoring 25 points off of URI's 19.
  • Rhode Island connected on a season-high five three-pointers. Tayra Melendez was 3-of-3 from long range and Ajanae Boone was 2-of-4.
  • Melendez led all scorers with a career-best 19 points - 16 of which came in the second half. She also blocked two shots and added six rebounds.
  • Lara Gaspar was the game's top rebounder, finishing with nine boards and a pair of assists.
  • Five different players scored in double figures for Providence: Tori Rule (16), Symone Roberts (14), Alexis Harris (14), Evi Iiskola (11) and Brianna Edwards (10).

What's Next:
The Rams return to action after the holiday break when they travel to NJIT for a Dec. 30 meeting with the Highlanders.