Rhode Island Drops 63-55 Decision to St. Bonaventure

Rhode Island Drops 63-55 Decision to St. Bonaventure

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

St. Bonaventure Starters:

Richmond, Rueter, Bowker, Michael, Healy

Rhody Leaders:

Points: Wallack (14)
Rebounds: Wallack (10) 
Assists: Bullard, Whittaker (3) 
Steals: Five players (1)
Blocked Shots: Melendez (4)
Minutes Played: Wallack (40)

St. Bonaventure Leaders:

Points: Bowker, Michael (14)
Rebounds: Little (6) 
Assists: Healy (7)
Steals: Richmond, Healy (2)
Blocked Shots: Richmond, Little (2)
Minutes Played: Healy (34)

How it Happened:
Rhode Island (6-13, 1-5 A-10) battled back from a 13-point second half deficit, but fell short in a 63-55 loss to St. Bonaventure Wednesday.

St. Bonaventure (15-6, 4-2 A-10) never trailed in the game, using its patented slow-down offense to control the pace. Four players scored in double figures for the Bonnies, led by Chelsea Bowker and Emily Michael with 14 points each. Katie Healy added 13 and Hannah Little had 10 as St. Bonaventure shot 52.6 percent (20-for-38) from the floor. It was the highest shooting percentage by an opponent this season.

Rhode Island cut the deficit to as little as four points multiple times but was not able to get all the way back.

Inside the Box Score:

  • Junior Sydney Lewis reached double digits for the second straight game, finishing with 11. Lewis had two points at the break, but made her first four shots of the second half.
  • Senior Kerry Wallack had her fourth double-double of the season, finishing with a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Sophomore Tayra Melendez blocked four shots and moved into third place in school history with 67 for her career. She moved past Whitney Hollis (2004-08) on the all-time list.
  • Melendez added 11 points and five rebounds, giving the Rams three players in double figures.
  • Junior Teneka Whittaker matched her season high with seven points. She was 2-for-3 from beyond the 3-point arc.
  • Sophomore Symone Bullard had a strong game off the bench, matching her season high with 10 points and adding three assists in 26 minutes.
  • St. Bonaventure made 7-of-14 from 3-point range. The Bonnies were 5-for-11 in the first half.
  • After committing 11 turnovers in the first half, Rhode Island had just four after the break.
  • Wednesday marked the second straight game in which the Rams have not held a lead.

Stat of the Game:
– There have been five Atlantic 10 games this season in which the teams have combined for fewer than 100 points. All five games have included either Rhode Island or St. Bonaventure, but Wednesday the teams combined for 118 points. 

What's Next:
Rhody hosts Saint Louis Saturday, Jan. 25 at noon. The team is hosting a We Back Pat Game in honor of legendary coach Pat Summitt. Fans are encouraged to wear purple to the game.

The game also is part of a doubleheader with the men's team, which hosts Dayton at 4 p.m.