Rhody Beats Detroit, 70-59, for First Win of Season

Rhody Beats Detroit, 70-59, for First Win of Season

Rhody Starters:
Melendez, Wallack, Banker, Bullard, Lewis

Detroit Starters:

Montgomery, Hatter, Shearer, Crosby, Galloway

Rhody Leaders:

Points: Wallack (13)
Rebounds: Wallack (12) 
Assists: Melendez (5) 
Steals: 5 players (2)
Blocked Shots: Melendez, Palmer, Tabakman (1)
Minutes Played: Melendez (38)

Detroit Leaders:
Points: Shearer (20)
Rebounds: Crosby (10) 
Assists: Galloway, Crosby, Montgomery (2)
Steals: Hatter, Shearer, Crosby (1)
Blocked Shots: Connors (1)
Minutes Played: Montgomery, Crosby (33)

How it Happened:
Rhode Island (1-5) won its first game of the season, defeating Detroit 70-59 in the first round of the FAU Thanksgiving Tournament Friday.

After a back-and-fourth first half that featured 11 lead changes, the Rams used a considerable edge on the boards to control the game. Rhode Island outrebounded Detroit (1-6) 53-36. Rhody had 16 offensive rebounds, helping it get a 19-10 edge in second chance points.

With the win, Rhode Island snapped an overall nine-game losing streak. The victory was URI's third straight in neutral site contests.

Inside the Box Score:

  • Senior Kerry Wallack recorded her second career double-double, finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The 13 points were a season high.
  • Sophomore Brianna Thomas scored 10 points off the bench for Rhode Island.
  • Sophomore Tayra Melendez nearly had her first career double-double, finishing with 12 points and eight rebounds.
  • The 70 points overall and 32 first-half points were both season highs for the Rams.
  • Junior Sydney Lewis had eight points and seven rebounds. All of her scoring came in the second half. Lewis now has 38 points through six games after scoring 33 points total in 26 games last season.
  • Teneka Whittaker had a season-high seven points to go with three rebounds.
  • The Rams outrebounded Detroit 26-16 in the first half, helping lead to a 12-0 advantage in second-chance points.
  • Rhode Island had 15 assists as a team, compared to just seven for Detroit.
  • Rhode Island had its fifth different starting lineup in six games, as the quintet of Tayra Melendez, Kerry Wallack, Kallie Banker, Symone Bullard and Sydney Lewis started. Only Wallack and Banker have started every game this season.

What's Next:
Rhody returns to the FAU Thanksgiving Tournament to play host Florida Atlantic in the championship game. FAU beat Georgia Southern 82-58. Tip off will be 2:30 p.m.