Rams Defeat Towson, 60-49, at LIU Turkey Classic

Rams Defeat Towson, 60-49, at LIU Turkey Classic

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Straumann, T. Johnson, Tabakman

Towson Lowell Starters
Hines-Allen, Alberson, Johnson, Hughey, Smith

How It Happened
Freshman Charise Wilson scored a game-high 25 points to lead Rhode Island to a 60-49 win over Towson on the first day of the LIU Turkey Classic in Brooklyn Friday.

The Rams (2-3) never trailed after scoring the first six points of the game on 3-point shots from Tayra Melendez and Charise Wilson. Rhody shot 45.5 percent from the floor (10-for-22), including 5-for-11 from 3-point distance. Wilson led with the way with 10 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Symone Bullard had eight points and one assist off the bench before the break.

Towson (2-3) shot just 28.1 percent from the floor and just 25 percent (6-for-24) from 3-point range. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Charise Wilson scored a career-high 25 points, topping 20 for the second time in three games. She has scored in double digits in four straight games, and is averaging 16.6 points per game.
  • Wilson also had six rebounds, six steals and four assists. She was 8-for-10 from the free throw line.  
  • Also scoring in double digits were Symone Bullard (12) and Tayra Melendez (10). Megan Straumann had seven points, including a 3-pointer with 2:48 remaining that pushed Rhode Island's lead to 10 points and essentially sealed the win.
  • Rhode Island had 12 steals – six by Wilson and three by Melendez – that helped the Rams score 19 points off turnovers.
  • Bullard was 4-of-6 from the floor and had four rebounds.
  • Senior Sydney Lewis made her first appearance after missing the first four games with injury. She scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in eight minutes.

Stat of the Game
17 – Over the last two games, Rhode Island has made 17 3-point baskets. The Rams had 15 as a team in the first three games of the year.

What's Next
The Rams are back at the LIU Turkey Classic for a game against host LIU Brooklyn Saturday at 2 p.m.