Rams Falter Down Stretch at Duquesne, 62-47

Rams Falter Down Stretch at Duquesne, 62-47

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

Duquesne Starters:

Agunbiade, Szecsi, Moore, Bresnahan, Robinson

Rhody Leaders:

Points: Lewis (14)
Rebounds: Lewis (7) 
Assists: Whittaker (4) 
Steals: Lewis (3)
Blocked Shots: Melendez, Wallack (1)
Minutes Played: Whittaker (40)

Duquesne Leaders:

Points: Agunbiade (18)
Rebounds: Agunbiade (10) 
Assists: Robinson (6)
Steals: Szecsi (2)
Blocked Shots: Wumi, Bresnahan (1)
Minutes Played: Wumi (37)

How it Happened:
Rhode Island (6-12, 1-4 A-10) battled Duquesne tough, but could not keep up in the second half in a 62-47 loss Saturday.

Duquesne (13-6, 5-1 A-10) opened the game with a 16-4 lead over the first 7:18. From there, the Rams slowly chipped away while slowing down the Dukes offense. By the break, Rhody had pulled within two at 23-21.

After Rhode Island tied the game twice in the opening minutes of the second half, Duquesne began to establish control. A four-point play by Orsi Szecsi put the Dukes up 36-29 with 13:46 to go. Duquesne used Wumi Agunbiade to control the paint. Agunbiade scored 16 second-half points after being held to two in the first half. She had a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards.

Inside the Box Score:

  • Junior Sydney Lewis led Rhode Island with a career-high 14 points. She added seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
  • Redshirt freshman Kallie Banker reached double figures for the second straight game, finishing with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
  • Sophomore Tayra Melendez gave the Rams a third player in double figures with 10 points.
  • Melendez blocked one shot and now has 63 for her career to move into a tie for fifth in school history with Rebecca Bright (1991-95).
  • Junior Teneka Whittaker played all 40 minutes for the Rams and had four assists with three rebounds.
  • Rhode Island held the Dukes to 12 points below their season scoring average (74.0 ppg).
  • In the second half, Duquesne had a huge advantage at the free throw line. The Dukes were 10-for-15 at the line, while the Rams were 1-for-1.
  • The loss extended Rhode Island's road losing streak to 42 games. Weber State's 48-game road losing streak is the only longer active streak in the country.

Stat of the Game:
– There were two players named Brianna Thomas, one on each team. Rhode Island's version is a sophomore guard from Gettsburgh, Pa. The Dukes' Thomas is a freshman from Ajax, Ontario. Neither player played.

What's Next:
Rhody heads home to host St. Bonaventure Wednesday, Jan. 22. Game time is set for 7 p.m.