Rams Look to Get Back on Track in Home Game Against La Salle Wednesday

Rams Look to Get Back on Track in Home Game Against La Salle Wednesday

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THE BASICS
Rhode Island: 10-10, 4-4 A-10 
La Salle: 3-18, 0-8 A-10
Location: Ryan Center – Kingston, R.I.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Tip-off Time: 7 p.m.

COVERAGE
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RHODE ISLAND VS. LA SALLE - ALL-TIME SERIES

  • La Salle leads the all-time series, 24-5.
  • Rhode Island has won three of the last four games against the Explorers, including a 72-61 victory at La Salle on Jan. 16. Charise Wilson had a game-high 21 points while Samantha Tabakman added 12 points and nine rebounds in the last meeting.
  • The Rams defeated La Salle in the Explorers' last visit to the Ryan Center last January. Before that, the Explorers had won in their first 12 visits to Kingston. 
  • In five of the last eight meetings between the schools, neither team has scored more than 55 points.
  • La Salle comes into Saturday on a nine-game losing streak. Rhode Island is 3-1 in its last four league contests.

BAND OF THIEVES 

  • The Rams average 9.1 steals per game, which leads the Atlantic 10 and is 88th nationally. 
  • Charise Wilson is second in the A-10 in steals per game (2.25) and is third in total steals (45).
  • Dominique Ward is sixth in the A-10 with 1.95 steals per game.
  • URI has had 10 or more steals 10 times this season.

TABAKMAN LEADING A-10 IN SHOOTING

  • Samantha Tabakman leads the Atlantic 10 and is 19th in the country in shooting percentage at .562.
  • She is on pace to set Rhode Island's single-season shooting percentage record, currently .543 by Michele Washington in 1984-85. 
  • Tabakman is fifth in the league and 97th in the country in blocked shots (33).
  • Against No. 25 Duquesne on Jan. 13, she scored a career-high 30 points. 
  • She averages 3.4 offensive boards per game, third best in the league.
  • Tabakman is sixth in the A-10 with 8.3 rebounds per game. 
  • She is fourth in Ram history with 119 blocked shots. 
  • She has scored in double digits 16 times in 20 games this season. 
  • With 569 career rebounds, she needs 25 more to crack the top 10 in program history.

MELENDEZ, TABAKMAN AND WILSON ALL TAKING AIM AT 1,000 POINTS

  • With eight games left in the regular season, Rhode Island has three players within striking distance of 1,000 career points. 
  • Senior Tayra Melendez has 948 career points and needs 52 more to reach the mark. 
  • Fellow senior Samantha Tabakman has 866 and needs 134 to get to 1,000.
  • Sophomore Charise Wilson has an outside shot to reach 1,000 this year. She has 817 and needs 183 to get there.
  • There are 19 members of the 1,000-point club in program history. 
  • The last woman to reach the milestone was Megan Shoniker, who scored 1,318 points from 2007-11. 

MELENDEZ PROVIDING LEADERSHIP FOR RAMS

  • Senior Tayra Melendez is Rhode Island's active leader in points (948), assists (182), steals (134) and blocked shots (144).
  • She tied the program record for blocked shots in a game with six at Boston University Dec. 9.
  • She is second on the team in career rebounds (553).
  • Melendez needs 52 points and six blocked shots to join Naomi Graves as the only players in URI history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 150 blocked shots.
  • At La Salle on Jan. 16, Melendez became the sixth woman in team history with 3,000 minutes played.
  • With 553 career rebounds, Melendez needs 41 more to crack the program's top 10 list.