Rams Fall to Friars in Overtime, 64-55

Rams Fall to Friars in Overtime, 64-55

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Ross, Wilson, Banker, Tabakman

Providence Starters

Beal, Nogic, Miller, Frias, Iiskola

How It Happened
After hitting a layup with one second left in regulation to force overtime, Rhode Island (5-5) was outscored 11-2 in the extra period as it fell to in-state rival Providence, 64-55, Sunday.

Guard Sarah Beal took over in overtime for the Friars (4-6). She scored eight points and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Beal finished the day with 15 points, four assists and three rebounds.

In overtime, Rhode Island missed its first four attempts from the floor as Providence scored the first five points of the period. Symone Bullard hit a layup with 1:13 to go to make it a one-possession game, but the Rams did not score again. Providence scored the final six points of the game, ending Rhody's three-game winning streak in the process.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Symone Bullard scored a team- and season-best 16 points. Bullard hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter, marking the first time in her 88-game career she has hit multiple shots from beyond the arc.
  • Senior Tayra Melendez led the Rams on the glass, pulling down a season-high 12 boards to go along with four points, three steals and two blocks.
  • Senior Samantha Tabakman and sophomore Dominique Ward also had a pair of blocks for Rhody. Tabakman added seven points, six rebounds and two steals while Ward had nine points and two steals.
  • Tabakman recorded her 500th career rebound in the game.
  • Sophomore Charise Wilson finished with 10 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals. She now has multiple assists in each of URI's last eight games.
  • Junior Kiara Palmer made her first appearance of the season, providing two points, two rebounds and one steal in nine minutes. Palmer had missed 31 games, dating back to Dec. 3, 2014, while recovering from an injury. 
  • As a team, Rhode Island held the advantage in both steals (13-8) and blocks (6-4) but were out-rebounded by Providence 48-37.
  • The Rams' bench outscored the Friars 29-13.

Stat of the Game
- There were 11 lead changes in the game, as well as six ties.

Up Next

Rhode Island returns to action after the holiday break, at Florida International's Surfing Santa Classic. The Rams will open against the host Golden Panthers on Dec. 28 before facing either Hampton or Wake Forest on the 29th.