Rams Battle, but Falter Late Against Northeastern, 64-59

Rams Battle, but Falter Late Against Northeastern, 64-59

Rhody Starters:
Melendez, Wallack, Banker, Thomas, Tabakman

Northeastern Starters:

Mercier, Mark, Montagne, DeFreese, Tunstull

Rhody Leaders:

Points: Tabakman (21)
Rebounds: Lewis, Tabakman (7) 
Assists: Melendez, Whittaker (5) 
Steals: Whittaker (3)
Blocked Shots: Melendez (1)
Minutes Played: Tabakman (35)

Northeastern Leaders:
Points: Mark (22)
Rebounds: Tunstull (12) 
Assists: Mercier (4)
Steals: Tunstull, Stewart (3)
Blocked Shots: None
Minutes Played: Mark (40)

How it Happened:
Rhode Island (0-4) held a six-point lead with just under eight minutes to go, but it was unable to secure its first win of the season in a 64-59 loss to Northeastern Wednesday.

The Huskies (3-1) finished the game on an 18-5 run over the final 7:02. Leading scorer A'Lece Mark scored a game-high 22 points and center Jewel Tunstull scored five points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the second half to spark the Northeastern rally.

Inside the Box Score:

  • Sophomore Samantha Tabakman had her best game of the season, finishing with 21 points and seven rebounds. She had six points and 10 rebounds combined in the first three games of the season.
  • Junior Sydney Lewis continued her strong play, scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds off the bench. Lewis was coming off a career-high 12 points and 12 rebounds in Rhody's previous game at Boston University.
  • Sophomore Tayra Melendez has scored in double digits in three straight games. She had three points at the break Wednesday, but scored 13 in the second half to finish with 16. She has 52 points in her last three outings.
  • While it was a loss, Wednesday's result was a major improvement over last season's meeting between the teams, when the Rams lost to Northeastern by 41 points, 94-53.
  • The 59 points was Rhode Island's highest total in 22 games, dating back to an 89-60 win over Rhode Island College on Dec. 16, 2012.
  • The Rams shot just 13-of-24 from the free throw line, including 8-for-16 in the second half.
  • The group of Tayra Melendez, Kerry Wallack, Kallie Banker, Brianna Thomas and Samantha Tabakman was URI's third different starting lineup in four games.

What's Next:
Rhody is back in the Ryan Center Saturday, Nov. 23 when it hosts Lehigh at 4:30 p.m. The game is part of a doubleheader with the men's team, which hosts UMass Lowell at 2 p.m.