Rams Fall to Hot-Shooting Dukes, 60-50

Rams Fall to Hot-Shooting Dukes, 60-50

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Ward, Thomas, Tabakman

Duquesne Starters
Johnson, Bresnahan, Nurkic, Robinson, King

How It Happened
Duquesne built a lead with its perimeter shooting in the first half, then did its damage on the inside in the second half of a 60-50 win over Rhode Island Sunday.

Rhody (15-11, 7-7 A-10) struggled to slow down the Dukes from beyond the arc, as Duquesne made eight 3-point shots in the opening half. The shooting, along with a defensive effort that held the Rams without a field goal over the final 6:09 of the half helped the Dukes go into the half up 31-20.

The lead got to as many as 17 as Duquesne (19-8, 11-3 A-10) scored the first six points of the second half. Rhode Island cut the lead to as few as seven points on multiple occasions, but could not complete the comeback.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Tayra Melendez reached a pair of milestones, scoring her 800th point and grabbing her 400th rebound in the game. Melendez finished with 11 points, four rebounds and two blocks. 
  • With the two blocks, Melendez now has 29 on the year. She needs one more to become the second Rhode Island player to block 30 shots in three different seasons. Naomi Graves did so all four of her seasons. 
  • Junior Samantha Tabakman had her second double-double of the season, scoring a team-high 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. She also had three blocked shots, three steals and two assists.
  • Charise Wilson gave the Rams a third double-digit scorer, finishing with 11 points. She made two 3-pointers, passing Safi Mojidi (2007-08) for the ninth most in a season in program history with 52.
  • As a team, the Rams were 5-for-10 from beyond the arc.
  • Rhode Island had seven blocked shots, and now has 105 for the season. It is the second straight season the Rams have recorded 100, and the fifth time in program history.
  • It was the fifth time this season Rhode Island has blocked at least seven shots in a game.
  • Junior Brianna Thomas made her first start of the season. She responded with five points, two rebounds, one block and one assist in 28 minutes.
  • Duquesne had a significant advantage in bench scoring. The Dukes reserves outscored the Ram bench, 36-4.
  • Of Duquesne's 31 first-half points, 24 came on 3-point baskets, and three more came as a result of three free throws following a foul on a 3-point shot.
  • Emilie Gronas scored a game-high 20 and made five 3-point shots.

Stat of the Game
41 –
The Duquesne bench scored 41 points, compared to four for Rhode Island.

What's Next
Rhode Island plays its final home game of the season when Saint Louis visits the Ryan Center Thursday, Feb. 26. Before the game, seniors Sydney Lewis, Megan Straumann and Teneka Whittaker will be honored. It also will be the Pink Out game and the National Girls and Women in Sports Day.