Rhody Falls to ECU in Second Day of Tip-Off Tournament

Rhody Falls to ECU in Second Day of Tip-Off Tournament

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Straumann, Johnson, Tabakman

ECU Starters
Chapple, Payne, Shaw, Trice, Ebron

How It Happened
Rhode Island (0-2) battled ECU's pressure for much of the afternoon, falling during the second day of the URI Tip-Off Tournament.  The Rams committed 34 turnovers in the game, translating to 34 points for the Pirates.

The Rams made just 1-of-13 from the floor to start the game and trailed 22-3 before a Dominique Ward 3-ball with 8:33 left in the half sparked a 19-8 push over the next 8:02, which cut it to 30-21 with 2:43 left in the half.  ECU would close the half on a 9-1 run, taking a 39-22 edge at the break.

In the second half, while both teams struggled offensively, the Rams made a solid defensive effort.  They held ECU to just 26.5% shooting from the floor in the half and forced nine turnovers.

Inside the Box Score

* Charise Wilson scored a team-high 10 points and was the lone Ram in double figure.  She connected on 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.

* Dominique Ward and Symone Bullard added eight points and three rebounds apiece.  Ward showed a glimpse of her shooting touch, knocing down 2-of-4 from the perimeter.

* Kiara Palmer came off the bench to gather 10 rebounds - five each on the offensive and defensive glass.

* Tayra Melendez played just 17 foul-plagued minutes, but notched four steals.  As a team, the Rams tallied 11 steals.

* Samantha Tabakman's stat line read six points, seven boards, two blocks and two steals.  She was named to the All-Tournament team, along with Fairfield's Kristin Schatzlein, ECU's Jada Payne, and Marshall's Chukka Ezeigbo.  Leah Scott of Marshall was tabbed as the tournament's MVP.

Stat of the Game
20 - Rhody's bench accounted for 20 of its 38 points in the game

16 - Rams corralled 16 offensive rebounds, accounting for nine second-chance points.

What's Next
The Rams make their first road trip of the regular season, heading to UMass Lowell on Wednesday night (Nov. 19), in a 7 p.m. tipoff vs. the River Hawks.