Rhody Comes Up Short at Fordham, 50-42

Rhody Comes Up Short at Fordham, 50-42

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Banker, Ward, Tabakman

Fordham Starters
Holden, Davis, Burns, Clark, Missry

How It Happened
Rhode Island was never able to get its offense going as it fell, 50-42 at Fordham Saturday afternoon.

Rhody (10-10, 4-4 A-10) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end. URI was held to a season-low 42 points by Fordham (9-12, 4-4 A-10), which limited Rhode Island to 30.4 percent from the floor for the game.

Fordham used its size advantage to get a 14-0 edge in second-chance points, as it outrebounded Rhode Island 48-30. Forwards Samantha Clark and Danielle Burns combined for 28 rebounds for Fordham, including 12 rebounds on the offensive end.

Trailing by 10 points with less than two minutes to go, Rhode Island cut the deficit to 45-40 on a layup from Samantha Tabakman and a 3-pointer from Morgan Johnson. However, Rhody was unable to get any closer.

Inside the Box Score

  • Charise Wilson led Rhode Island with 15 points. She also had seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
  • Samantha Tabakman added 10 points and nine rebounds.
  • Morgan Johnson and Dominique Ward had six points each, and Tayra Melendez added five.
  • The loss was the first of the season on a Saturday for Rhody. The Rams are now 6-1 in Saturday games.
  • Despite the loss, Rhode Island committed just 10 turnovers, compared to 18 for Fordham. 
  • The teams combined for just eight bench points. Morgan Johnson had all six for Rhode Island, and Fordham had just two from its bench.
  • Rhode Island had a 10-0 advantage in points off turnovers.
  • There was only one lead change and one tie in the game. 

Stat of the Game
– Saturday's game at Fordham marked Daynia La-Force's 50th as head coach of the Rams. La-Force's 27 wins since her arrival in Kingston are more than any URI women's basketball coach has had through their first 50 games as head coach.

What's Next

Rhode Island returns home to the Ryan Center to host La Salle Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. The game starts a stretch of four contests in 11 days for the Rams.