Rams Fall to Bonnies, 69-56, in Atlantic 10 Opener

Rams Fall to Bonnies, 69-56, in Atlantic 10 Opener

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Banker, Ward, Tabakman

St. Bonaventure Starters
Ruff, Rueter, Drummond, Michael, Healy

How It Happened
Rhode Island faded late as it dropped its Atlantic 10 opener to St. Bonaventure 69-56 Sunday afternoon.

The teams played a back-and-forth contest for three quarters, as there were seven lead changes and five ties through the first three periods. In the final quarter, however, Rhody (6-7, 0-1 A-10) shot just 4-for-14 from the floor, while St. Bonaventure was 10-for-13 in the last quarter. Guard Nyla Rueter scored 11 of St. Bonaventure's 25 points in the final quarter as the Bonnies (12-2, 1-0 A-10) won their 11th straight contest.

Rhode Island led 48-47 following a 3-point shot by Tayra Melendez with 8:23 to go. However, the Bonnies outscored the Rams 22-8 the rest of the way.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Charise Wilson had a strong all-around game, leading Rhode Island in points (17), rebounds (7) and assists (7).
  • Wilson matched her career best with seven assists on the afternoon. It was her fourth straight game with at least three helpers and the third time this season she dished out seven.
  • With her first basket of the game, senior Tayra Melendez recorded her 900th career point. She finished the afternoon with 11 points, six rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists. 
  • Senior Brianna Thomas gave the team a defensive spark off the bench. She had two blocked shots and a steal in the second quarter. She also drew a charge in the third quarter to cause a turnover. Thomas also had two assists.
  • As a team, the Rams finished with 10 steals to St. Bonaventure's seven, but the Bonnies held a 6-3 advantage in blocked shots and a 16-12 advantage in assists. 
  • SBU also out-rebounded URI by a 37-32 margin.
  • Nyla Reuter led St. Bonaventure with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting. She went 6-fot-9 from long range.

Stat of the Game
St. Bonaventure's Nyla Rueter was 4-for-4 from the floor in the fourth quarter, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range. She had 11 of her 25 points in the final quarter to key the Bonnies' late run. 

What's Next

Rhode Island will now travel for a pair of A-10 road games at George Washington (Jan. 6) and Richmond (Jan. 9) before returning to The Ryan Center to host Duquesne on Jan. 13.