Melendez, Wilson, Banker, Ward, Tabakman
Saint Joseph's Starters
Andrews, Monahan, Fitzpatrick, Woods, Fairbanks
How It Happened
Saint Joseph's built a double-digit lead in the opening period and never let Rhode Island back in the game as the Hawks handed Rhody a 74-63 loss Saturday.
Rhode Island (11-15, 5-9 A-10) fell behind by as many as 25 points. The Rams cut the lead to 11 in the final minute, but the early deficit was too much to overcome.
Saint Joseph's (12-14, 6-8 A-10) used its 3-point shooting to do most of its damage. The Hawks were 11-for-23 from beyond the arc. Guard Kathleen Fitzpatrick was the primary culprit, hitting 8-of-14 from deep and finishing with a game-high 26 points. Fellow guard Alyssa Monahan added three 3-points and had 11 points.
Inside the Box Score
- Sophomore Charise Wilson led Rhode Island with 23 points, her 15th career game with at least 20 points. She also went over the 900-point plateau, finishing the game with 922.
- Wilson also led the Rams with eight rebounds, tying her career high.
- Symone Bullard had 15 points off the bench, making three 3-pointers.
- Tayra Melendez was the third Ram in double figures, scoring 14 points and grabbing five boards. Melendez is now 16 points away from 1,000 for her career.
- Senior Samantha Tabakman recorded her 40th blocked shot of the season, becoming the first Ram in 34 seasons to reach the mark. The last Rhode Island player to do so was Naomi Graves, who had 44 in the 1981-82 season.
- Rhode Island forced Saint Joseph's into 22 turnovers, which led to 21 points.
Stat of the Game
47.8 – Saint Joseph's was 11-for-23 from 3-point range, good for a 47.8 shooting percentage from beyond the arc.
Rhode Island plays its final home game of the season Wednesday when it hosts Massachusetts on Senior Night. Before the game, Tayra Melendez, Symone Bullard, Brianna Thomas and Samantha Tabakman will be honored as they play in the Ryan Center for the final time. The game starts at 7 p.m.