Rams Smother Spiders, Win 57-50

Rams Smother Spiders, Win 57-50

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Banker, Ward, Tabakman

Richmond Starters
Murphee, Hubbard, Parson, Wike, Greene

How It Happened
Rhode Island jumped out quickly and never gave up the lead as it defeated Richmond 57-50 Saturday afternoon.

Rhody scored the first 12 points of the game, as Samantha Tabakman established herself in the paint early. Tabakman had eight of the 12 points in the opening spurt.

Richmond closed the gap to 28-27 in the closing seconds of the second quarter, but Charise Wilson drained one of her four 3-point baskets just before the halftime buzzer to push the lead back to four points.

In the third, Rhode Island extended its lead to as many as 15 points before Richmond tried to work its way back into the game. The Spiders got it down to six points three times in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, but the Rams never relinquished their lead.

The victory was the first in league play for the Rams (7-8, 1-2 A-10), who won at Richmond for the first time in 14 years, dating back to Jan. 11, 2002. The win also snapped a 15-game losing streak against the Spiders Richmond (8-8, 1-2 A-10) that dated back to the 2002-03 season.

Inside the Box Score

  • Charise Wilson had the 10th 20-point game of her career, finishing with exactly 20. She also had five rebounds. 
  • Wilson was 4-of-7 from beyond the 3-point line and moved into a tie for eighth place in program history with Rhonda Pacheco (1997-2001) with 104 career makes. 
  • Samantha Tabakman finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, one block and one steal. 
  • Tayra Melendez had a season high with 13 rebounds. She also had four points, three assists, three blocks and three steals.
  • Kallie Banker had seven points, all in the second half. Symone Bullard added five points off the bench.
  • Dominique Ward had four points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals. 
  • Rhode Island did not attempt a free throw until 9:08 left in the game. The Rams had eight attempts in the final 90 seconds. 
  • Rhode Island outrebounded the Spiders 42-33.
  • This was the fourth time this season Rhody has held an opponent to 50 points or less this season.
  • The defense held Richmond to eight points in both the first and third quarters.

Stat of the Game
– The victory was the first in 14 years for Rhode Island at Richmond in 14 years, dating back to Jan. 11, 2002.

What's Next
Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center for its next conference game, a tilt with Duquesne Wednesday, Jan. 13. Game time is 7 p.m.