Rams Fade Late Against Charlotte

Rams Fade Late Against Charlotte

Rhody Starters:
Boone, Thomas, Straumann, Gaspar, Johnson

Charlotte Starters:
Dowe, Hammonds, Sigmon, Forney, Hailey

Rhody Leaders:
Points: Melendez (12)
Rebounds: Gaspar, Johnson, Whittaker, Lewis (4)
Assists: Whittaker (3)
Steals: Whittaker (3)
Blocked Shots: Melendez (2)
Minutes Played: Straumann (37)

Charlotte Leaders:
Points: Hailey (15)
Rebounds: Dowe (11)
Assists: Forney (3)
Steals: Dowe, Hammonds (2)
Blocked Shots: Hailey (4)
Minutes Played: Dowe (36)

How it Happened: 
Rhode Island (5-12, 0-2 A-10) led at halftime, but was unable to stay with Charlotte late in a 53-42 loss Wednesday.

The first half was a back-and-forth battle that featured eight lead changes and five ties. The Rams shot 43.3 percent (13-of-30) from the floor in the opening half to help offset Charlotte's significant height advantage. The 49ers scored 22 points in the paint in the first half.

Charlotte (12-4, 1-1 A-10) took control late in the game. With the score tied 36-36, the 49ers went on a 8-0 run as Rhode Island was held without a point for a 7:35 stretch. The Rams managed just six points over the final 13:11 as Charlotte pulled away.

Inside the Box Score:

  • Freshman Tati Johnson made her first career start for Rhode Island. She finished with six points, three rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot in a career-high 30 minutes.
  • Sophomore Sydney Lewis saw her most significant time of the season and responded with six points and four rebounds in 30 minutes.
  • Rhode Island held Charlotte to its lowest scoring output of the year. The 49ers entered the game averaging 66.8 points per game.
  • The starting lineup of Johnson, Ajanae Boone, Brianna Thomas, Megan Straumann and Lara Gaspar was the eighth different starting lineup for Rhode Island this season.
  • Rhode Island had a strong night at the free throw line, shooting 9-for-10 from the charity stripe.
  • The loss was the 20th straight in conference play. Rhode Island last won an A-10 game on Feb. 13, 2011, when it beat Saint Louis 68-54.
  • Playing without starting forwards Emilie Cloutier and Samantha Tabakman, Rhode Island was significantly outsized. Charlotte enjoyed a 43-30 edge in rebounds and outscored the Rams 36-22 in the paint.
  • Eight of the nine players who saw action for Rhode Island scored.
  • Sophomore guard Teneka Whittaker matched her season-high of six points, all of which came in the first half. She also had four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
  • Rhode Island's bench scored 24 points, led by Tayra Melendez's team-best 12 points.

What's Next:

Rhody stays home for its next game, hosting Dayton Sunday, Jan. 20. Game time is set for 2 p.m.