Rams Drop "We Back Pat" Game as Billikens Surge in Second Half

Rams Drop "We Back Pat" Game as Billikens Surge in Second Half

Rhody Starters:
Melendez, Wallack, Whittaker, Palmer, Lewis

Saint Louis Starters:

Price, Jakubicek, Ball, Nelson, Womack

Rhody Leaders:

Points: Wallack (13)
Rebounds: Wallack (9) 
Assists: Whittaker (4) 
Steals: Banker (3)
Blocked Shots: Palmer (3)
Minutes Played: Wallack (38)

Saint Louis Leaders:

Points: Ball (15)
Rebounds: Womack (12) 
Assists: Price (8)
Steals: Jakubicek (3)
Blocked Shots: Stipanovich (1)
Minutes Played: Price, Ball (40)

How it Happened:
Rhode Island (6-14, 1-6 A-10) again rallied from a large second-half deficit but was unable to complete the comeback in a 58-50 loss to Saint Louis Saturday.

Saint Louis (6-13, 1-5 A-10) used a strong second-half shooting effort to turn a one-point halftime lead to a 16-point advantage with 9:13 remaining. The Billikens hit 54.5 percent (12-for-22) from the floor after the break to steadily build their lead.

Over the next 6:14, Rhode Island went on a 13-0 run to close the gap to 53-50. Senior Kerry Wallack hit a pair of 3-point shots and sophomore Tayra Melendez added one of her own during the rally. However, the Rams did not score over the final 2:59 as Saint Louis held on for its first victory of the season.

Inside the Box Score:

  • Senior Kerry Wallack just missed her second straight double-double. She led the team with 13 points and nine rebounds.
  • Freshman Kiara Palmer scored a career-high 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked a career-best three shots.
  • The Rams lost the rebound battle, 38-31.
  • The victory was the first in Atlantic 10 play for Saint Louis this season.
  • The Billikens had four players reach double digits in scoring, led by Desirae Ball's 15 points. Erin Nelson added 14, Denisha Womack had 11 and Olivia Jakubicek finished with 10.
  • Womack had a double-double, adding a game-high 12 rebounds.
  • Both teams committed just 12 turnovers.
  • The game was tabbed a We Back Pat contest in honor of legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.

Stat of the Game:
– Rhode Island attempted two free throws in the game. By contrast, Saint Louis had 23 attempts at the line.


What's Next:
Rhody goes on the road to play at Fordham Wednesday, Jan. 29. Game time is 12 p.m.