2015-16 Season Featured a Number of Records and Milestones for Rams

2015-16 Season Featured a Number of Records and Milestones for Rams

KINGSTON, R.I. – For the second season in a row, the Rhode Island women's basketball team reached the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship.

The Rams ended an up-and-down season on a high note, upsetting Saint Joseph's in the second round and pushing second-seeded Saint Louis down the wire in the quarterfinals. Rhode Island gained valuable experience in the second season under Daynia La-Force, who with 29 victories has more wins in her first two seasons than any previous coach in program history.

La-Force and the Rams have given the program postseason victories in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. Here is a look at other records, milestones and highlights from the 2015-16 season:

RECORDS SET/TIED

  • Samantha Tabakman set a single-season Rhode Island record with a .564 field goal percentage. She broke a 31-year-old mark of .543 set by Michele Washington during the 1984-85 season.
  • Charise Wilson set a program record by making 82 3-pointers, shattering the previous mark of 66 by Lindsey O'Neil in 2000-01. Wilson is the only player in team history to make 60 or more 3-pointers in multiple seasons.
  • Charise Wilson tied a Rhode Island Ryan Center record by making six 3-pointers in one game against George Mason on Feb. 13.
  • Tayra Melendez tied a team record with six blocked shots in a game at Boston University on Dec. 9. Melendez finished second in team history with 154 blocks and joined Naomi Graves (1978-82) as the only players in program history to record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 150 blocked shots.
  • Rhode Island made a team-record 13 3-point baskets against Davidson on Jan. 23. It was one of four games with 10 or more 3-pointers in a game by the Rams. Before this season, the Rams had made 10 or more in a game 10 times combined in program history.
  • The Rams set a program record by making 208 3-pointers for the season, beating the previous mark by 56. In two seasons under Daynia La-Force, Rhode Island has made 358 3-pointers.
  • Rhode Island set a team record with 11 blocked shots at Boston University on Dec. 9, and finished the season with 130. It was the fourth highest total in program history, and the third straight season with at least 100 blocks.

AWARD WINNERS

  • Samantha Tabakman was named the Atlantic 10's Most Improved Player of the Year.
  • Charise Wilson was named to the Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Conference Team, becoming the first Ram since Safi Mojidi in 2006 to earn second-team honors.

NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • With her .564 field-goal percentage, Samantha Tabakman finished her season ranked 18th nationally among all players.
  • Rhode Island was 55th nationally in 3-point baskets per game (6.9) and 57th in 3-pointers made with its program record 208. 
  • Rhode Island ranked 56th in the county in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 36.9 percent from the floor. Sophomore Charise Wilson was key in this area, as her ball pressure defense forced the opposition into many quick shots, poor looks and bad passes.
  • The Rams were 63rd nationally in blocked shots (130) and 69th in blocked shots per game (4.3). With two of the most prolific shot blockers in program history – Tayra Melendez and Samantha Tabakman – Rhode Island consistently altered opponents shots. Melendez finished second in team history with 154 career blocks, while Tabakman was third with 132.
  • Charise Wilson ended her season ranked in the top 100 in several individual categories. She was 18th in 3-point field goals made (82), 21st in 3-point field goals per game (2.73), 73rd in total points (515), 82nd in points per game (17.2), 92nd in minutes played (1,054), 93rd in steals (64) 94th in assists (124) and 98th in minutes per game (35.13)
  • Samantha Tabakman finished the season ranked 99th in the country with 46 blocked shots, while Tayra Melendez was one behind her with 45. They became the first Rhode Island players in 34 seasons to block at least 40 shots in one year. Naomi Graves had 44 in the 1981-82 season. 

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • One of the biggest improvements for the Rams came in the form of sophomore Dominique Ward, who showed significant improvement in a number of areas while becoming a full-time starter. Ward nearly double her scoring average (8.3 points per game; up from 4.6) while improving her field goal percentage (.359 from .337), 3-point shooting (.216 from .172) and free throw percentage (.714 from .450). In addition, Ward increased her rebounding (4.3 per game from 3.7), assists (49 from 42), steals (58 from 31) and points (248 from 137).
  • Tayra Melendez became the 20th woman in program history to record 1,000 career points and was the first player in five seasons to reach the mark. Melendez finished tied for 16th place with 1,023 points.
  • Samantha Tabakman and Tayra Melendez became the 10th and 11th players, respectively, in team history to recorded 600 career rebounds. Tabakman finished eighth on Rhode Island's all-time list with 638, while Melendez was 11th with 602.
  • Charise Wilson scored 515 points, the fourth highest single-season total in team history. Wilson ended the season with 999 career points.
  • Samantha Tabakman finished her career fourth in Rhode Island history with a .485 career field goal percentage.
  • Charise Wilson already ranks fourth in program history with 144 career 3-pointers. She will enter next season 41 shy of Safi Mojidi's record of 185 from 2004-08.
  • Charise Wilson finished the season with 124 assists, tied for the sixth most in a season in team history.
  • Charise Wilson became the first player in program history to start at least 30 games in multiple seasons. 
  • Tayra Melendez became the eighth player in program history to start 100 career games, finishing with 101 starts.
  • Charise Wilson played 1,054 minutes, just one fewer than last season. It was the fourth history total in program history. She joins Lindsay Harris (2008-09, 2009-10) as the only players in Rhody history to play more than 1,000 minutes in two different seasons.
  • Tayra Melendez finished her career third all-time with 3,394 minutes played. She is one of six women to see more than 3,000 minutes of court time for the Rams.