Rams Rally, but Come Up Just Short on Senior Day, 54-51

Rams Rally, but Come Up Just Short on Senior Day, 54-51

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

Duquesne Starters:
Agunbiade, Szecsi, Moore, Bresnahan, Robinson

Rhody Leaders:

Points: Tabakman (16)
Rebounds: Whittaker (7) 
Assists: Whittaker (4) 
Steals: Melendez (4)
Blocked Shots: Melendez (4)
Minutes Played: Melendez (36)

Duquesne Leaders:

Points: Agunbiade (15)
Rebounds: Agunbiade (9) 
Assists: Robinson (3)
Steals: Moore, Bresnahan (3)
Blocked Shots: Szecsi (2)
Minutes Played: Agunbiade (33)

How it Happened:
Rhode Island (7-22, 2-14 A-10) battled back from a 17-point, second half and had a chance to tie in the closing seconds, but a 3-point shot just before the buzzer came up sort as the Rams fell 54-51 in the regular season finale Saturday.

Duquesne (18-11, 10-6 A-10) steadily built its lead, going ahead by as many as 17 points after a pair of free throws by Belma Nurkic with 10:58 remaining. The Rams went to work chipping away at the lead, and pulled within two points when Tayra Melendez hit a free throw with 35 seconds left. Neither team hit a field goal in the final seconds, as the Dukes escaped Kingston with a victory. 

Inside the Box Score:

  • Before the game, seniors Kerry Wallack and Emilie Cloutier were honored. Wallack is the only Ram to start every game this season. Cloutier missed her entire senior year with injuries.
  • For the Rams, the loss was the sixth in a row and 11th in their last 12 games.
  • Sophomore Samantha Tabakman had a team high 16 points to go with six rebounds and two blocked shots.
  • Melendez had 15 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots and four steals.
  • Junior Teneka Whittaker seven rebounds and four assists
  • Duquesne was led by Wumi Agunbiade, who just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Nurkic added 11 points off the bench, as the Duquesne reserves outscored Rhody's bench, 18-11.

Stat of the Game:
– The teams combined to shoot 10.5 percent from 3-point range. Each side had just one make from beyond the arc, as Rhode Island (1-for-6) and Duquesne (1-for-13) combined to convert 2-of-19 attempts.

What's Next:
Rhody heads to the Atlantic 10 Championship next week. The Rams must wait until Sunday's game between Massachusetts and Saint Louis to determine when they play next. If Saint Louis wins, Rhody will be the No. 11 seed and play the No. 6 seed Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. If Massachusetts wins, Rhode Island will be in the play-in game against George Mason Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m.