Rams Rally Back, but Fall to Saint Louis in Quarterfinals

Rams Rally Back, but Fall to Saint Louis in Quarterfinals

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Banker, Ward, Tabakman

Saint Louis Starters
Kemph, Vliet, Price, Womack, Stipanovich

How It Happened
Rhode Island battled all the way back from a 21-point deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but its season ended with a 70-59 loss to Saint Louis in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship Friday night.

The 10th-seeded Rams (12-18) found themselves down 35-14 at 6:28 of the second quarter as No. 2 Saint Louis (24-6) was hot from the floor early on. Rhody managed to trim the gap by nine points to go into halftime down 41-29.

The third period was all Rhode Island, thanks to the defense. The Rams did not allow Saint Louis to make a field goal until a 3-pointer by Jamesia Price with 1:19 left in the period. Senior Tayra Melendez scored the final five points of the third to pull Rhody within three points at 48-45.

Sophomore Charise Wilson evened things up early in the fourth when she was fouled by Price while attempting a 3-pointer. Wilson hit all three free throws to make it 48-48. After the Billikens scored, Melendez hit a layup to knot things up at 50-50.

From there, Saint Louis went on a 10-0 run as the Rams suddenly went cold, missing seven straight shots. The Rams were unable to mount one more rally as the Billikens held on to advance to the tournament semifinals.

Inside the Box Score

  • Charise Wilson had a game-high 18 points for Rhode Island and finished the season with 999 career points. She also had eight rebounds, five assists and one steal. 
  • Tayra Melendez and Samantha Tabakman each had 13 points. Tabakman added nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
  • Melendez became the 11th player in program history with 600 rebounds, finishing with 602.
  • Saint Louis guard Jackie Kempf – the league's co-player of the year – had 18 points and eight assists. She was also 12-for-12 at the free throw line.
  • Saint Louis was 23-for-25 at the line for the game.
  • Saint Louis had a 27-5 edge in points off turnovers.
  • Rhode Island had eight blocked shots. 

Stat of the Game
– With seven 3-pointers for the night Rhode Island ended the season with a school record 208 for the season.