Rams Battle Back, Fall in OT at Columbia

Rams Battle Back, Fall in OT at Columbia

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Straumann, T. Johnson, Tabakman

Columbia Lowell Starters
Giuliano, Mead, Zimmerman, Oliver, Mbionwu

How It Happened
Rhode Island came all the way back from a 14-point, second-half deficit to take the lead, but Columbia dominated the extra session to defeat the Rams 79-69 in overtime Monday.

The Rams (1-3) led 64-61 after a pair of Megan Straumann free throws with 13 seconds left in regulation. However, Alexa Giuliano hit a 3-point shot from well beyond the arc with four seconds on the clock to force the game to overtime.

Columbia (2-3) scored the first 12 points of overtime, holding Rhode Island scoreless until a Teneka Whittaker 3-point shot with 27 seconds left in the game. While the host Lions found their offensive rhythm late, Rhode Island struggled to control the ball, committing five turnovers in the overtime.

Inside the Box Score

  • The game featured several momentum swings, as both teams held double-digit leads in regulation. Rhode Island scored the first 11 points of the game. Columbia's first points of the second half gave it a 14-point lead with 19:15 left in the game.
  • Junior Tayra Melendez led the Rams with 18 points, while freshman Charise Wilson had 17 and Megan Straumann added 14. 
  • Columbia's Tori Oliver had a game-high 25 points. Sara Mead had 18 for the Lions, and Miwa Tachibana had 17, including five three pointers.
  • Wilson had seven assists and three rebounds before fouling out in overtime.
  • Rhode Island made nine 3-point baskets, including five in the first half. The Rams have made at least three from beyond the arc in each of the four games this season. Columbia was also active from beyond the arc, making 10 3-pointers.
  • The Rams shot a season-best 41.4 percent from the floor (23-for-56).
  • After committing 14 turnovers in the first half that led to 12 for Columbia in the first half, the Rams settled in the second half, making just seven turnovers while forcing 11 on defense. In overtime, the Rams had five turnovers to one for Columbia.
  • The Rams had a season-high eight blocked shots, led by three from Samantha Tabakman.
  • Columbia's bench outscored Rhode Island's bench, 24-7.
  • The game was the first-ever meeting between the teams.

Stat of the Game
10 – Both teams made 10 3-point baskets.

What's Next
The Rams return to the Empire State for the LIU Turkey Classic, where they will take on Towson Friday and LIU Brooklyn Saturday. Both games will be streamed for free by LIU Brooklyn.