Late Rally Not Enough as Rams Lose to Albany in Tip-Off Final

Late Rally Not Enough as Rams Lose to Albany in Tip-Off Final

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Banker, Ward, Tabakman

Albany Starters
Coughlin, Tate, Saunders, Richards, Edwards

How It Happened
Rhode Island could not handle Albany's size as the Rams fell 67-58 in the finals of the URI Tip-Off Tournament Sunday afternoon. In the consolation game, Harvard knocked off Toledo, 76-70.

Trailing by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter, Rhode Island (1-3) cut the lead to three with 33 seconds to go after Charise Wilson hit a pair of free throws. However, turnovers on back-to-back possessions hindered the late rally.

Albany (3-0) used a strong third quarter to build an 11-point lead heading into the final period. After Samantha Tabakman hit a layup for Rhody to tie the score 36-36, the Great Danes went on a 14-3 run to close out the quarter. Shereesha Richards scored six points to key the run for Albany, while Imani Tate and Tiana-Jo Carter added four points each during the run.

Both teams came out clicking in the first quarter. Despite being 0-for-6 from 3-point range, Rhode Island still shot 44.4 percent (8-for-18) from the floor and held a slight 16-14 edge at the end of the quarter. Albany was 6-for-9 from the floor (66.7 percent), allowing the Great Danes to keep pace.

Albany took its first lead of the game with just over a minute left before halftime on a jumper by Imani Tate. Rhode Island did not score over the final 3:31 of the second quarter, as the Great Danes used a 6-2 run to take a 28-26 advantage into the break.

Inside the Box Score

  • Albany's frontcourt duo of Shereesha Richards and Tiana-Jo Carter combined for 47 points and 21 rebounds. Richards had 31 points and five boards, while Carter had 16 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Albany outrebounded Rhode Island 38-22.
  • Samantha Tabakman led the Rams with 17 points and five rebounds. She also tied her career high with three steals.
  • Dominique Ward continued her hot scoring streak, finishing with 16 points. Over her last three games, Ward has averaged 16.3 points per game.
  • Charise Wilson was the third Ram in double figures, scoring 13 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and four steals. 
  • It was the third time in four games this season Wilson has had at least four steals. 
  • After making three of them Sunday, Wilson already has 11 3-point baskets this season. Last season, she was 2-for-20 from the arc before finishing the year with 62 makes, the second most in a season in program history.
  • As a team, the Rams missed their first eight 3-point shots and were 1-for-12 from deep in the first half. Things only improved a little in the second half, as Rhody finished the game 4-for-23 from the arc.
  • After scoring 33 against Toledo Saturday, Albany's Imani Tate had 14 Sunday. She also had six steals and five assists.

Stat of the Game
50 – Albany scored 50 of its 67 points in the paint.

All-Tournament Team
Albany's Imani Tate was named the URI Tip-Off Tournament MVP after averaging 23.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the two games. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Shereesha Richards, Rhode Island's Samantha Tabakman and Dominique Ward, Harvard's Madeline Raster and Toledo's Ana Capotosto.

What's Next

Rhode Island is off until Saturday, Nov. 28 when it hosts UMass Lowell. Game time is 2 p.m.