Melendez, Wilson, Ward, Straumann, Tabakman
Central Connecticut Starters
Watras, Miller, Harrington, Ferguson, Wolosik
How It Happened
Rhode Island jumped out early and never looked back, beating Central Connecticut 58-46 Saturday for its fourth consecutive victory.
The Rams (5-3) built a 10-point lead nine minutes into the game when a Megan Straumann 3-pointer put Rhody up 17-7. The lead was pushed to 21 points by halftime, as the Rhode Island lead never fell below double digits the rest of the way.
After missing their first five shots of the game, the Rams caught fire from the floor. Rhody made 10 of its next 13 attempts from the floor. The Ram defense helped set up several scoring opportunities, as Rhode Island scored 13 points off turnovers in the opening half, helping URI score a season-best 36 points before the break.
Central Connecticut (4-4) opened the second half on a 12-5 run, but it never got closer than 12 points as Rhode Island controlled the pace of play down the stretch.
Inside the Box Score
- Freshman Charise Wilson led the Rams with 16 points. It was her seventh straight game in double digits.
- Fellow freshman Dominique Ward matched her career high with nine points in a career-high 28 minutes. She made her first three shots from the floor and finished the game 4-for-6. Ward filled the stat sheet again, finished with five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
- Senior Megan Straumann made her first 3-point attempt of the day to extend her streak to six straight games with at least one make from beyond the arc. She finished the day with eight points, five rebounds and four steals.
- Senior Sydney Lewis continues to provide a scoring punch off the bench. She had eight points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes. Lewis was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
- Junior Symone Bullard scored six points off the bench. It is the fifth time this season she has scored at least six points this season. She also had four rebounds and two assists.
- Junior Samantha Tabakman had seven points, four rebounds and four blocked shots.
- For several minutes in the second half, Rhode Island played with freshman Charise Wilson, Dominique Ward and Tyler Raysor on the floor together.
- The 46 points allowed is the fewest by a Rhode Island opponent this season.
Stat of the Game
4 – Rhode Island won its fourth straight game, the team's longest winning streak in 11 years. The last time the Rams won four in a row they beat William & Mary, St. John's, Brown and Providence in succession.
The Rams are back in action Sunday afternoon with a game at in-state rival Providence. The game tips off at 2 p.m.