Rams Battle No. 24 Duquesne to the Wire, Fall 61-56

Rams Battle No. 24 Duquesne to the Wire, Fall 61-56

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Banker, Ward, Tabakman

Duquesne Starters
Workman, Szamosi, Robinson, Lass, Gronas

How It Happened
Rhode Island took No. 24 Duquesne down to the final minute but came up just short on the road in a 61-56 loss Wednesday night.

The Rams (11-12, 5-6 A-10) pulled within two points at 58-56 after Tayra Melendez hit a runner with 1:46 to go. Rhody then forced a turnover but was unable to convert the possession into points. After Duquesne (22-2, 10-1 A-10) got the ball back, the Ram defense came up with another stop, giving Rhody a chance to tie with less than a minute left. An offensive foul with 16.8 second left gave the Dukes the ball back.

In the final seconds, Duquesne hit three free throws to ice the game and escape with the victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Samantha Tabakman scored 13 points and finished with six rebounds for Rhode Island. In the second quarter, she scored her 900th career point. She is 90 points away from 1,000 for her career.
  • Redshirt junior Kallie Banker had a strong shooting night, scoring 11 points on 4-of-6 from the floor. She also had three rebounds and two assists.
  • With her third 3-point shot of the night, Banker made Rhode Island's 153rd trey of the season, a new single-season program record. Rhody broke the previous mark of 152 set in 2007-08.
  •  Charise Wilson had 11 points, a career-high eight assists and five rebounds before fouling out with 3:55 to go. She also had three steals. 
  • Wilson also made two 3-pointers and now has 59 for the year, tying Shannon Boor (1999-2000) for the third most in a season in program history. She is tied with Ashley Rivera (2009-12) for fifth place in Rhode Island history with 121 3-pointers.
  • Samantha Tabakman blocked a shot in the second quarter to give her 123 for her career. She is now in sole possession of third place in program history. Only Naomi Graves (259) and teammate Tayra Melendez (146) have more. 
  • Senior Tayra Melendez had eight points and four rebounds. All eight of her points came in the second half.
  • Melendez moved into eighth place in program history with her 95th career start. 
  • Redshirt sophomore Morgan Johnson scored five points and had one steal off the bench.
  • Duquesne's April Robinson – a five-time A-10 Player of the Week this season – was limited to seven points. The guard did have eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.
  • Rhody limited the Dukes to 3-for-23 from beyond the arc, a major reason the Dukes were limited to 61 points, their third lowest total of the season.

Stat of the Game
– Rhode Island scored 14 points in all four quarters.

What's Next

Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host George Mason Saturday, Feb. 13. Game time is 2 p.m.