Record-Setting Performance Lifts Rams Over Davidson, 78-62

Record-Setting Performance Lifts Rams Over Davidson, 78-62

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Banker, Ward, Tabakman

Davidson Starters
Timpton, Early, Long, Dukes, Latt

How It Happened
Rhode Island set a program record with 13 3-point baskets as the Rams shot their way past Davidson, 78-62, Saturday afternoon.

Rhody (9-9, 3-3 A-10) opened the game on fire from the perimeter, making its first five shots from 3-point range. Charise Wilson had three in the first period, while Dominique Ward and Morgan Johnson each added one. The sharp shooting helped the Rams build a 23-13 lead over Davidson (9-11, 3-4 A-10) by the end of the period.

The Rams never relinquished the lead as they won their second straight game. The 78 points were a season high, as Rhody got at least six points from six different players. Seven different Rams made at least one 3-pointer as Rhode Island broke the previous mark of 11 3-pointers in a single game. The record was set on Jan. 29, 1998 against Dayton and then tied against George Washington on Feb. 25, 2001.  

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Charise Wilson scored a game-high 25 points. She made four 3-pointers, marking her fifth game this season with at least four makes from beyond the arc.
  • Wilson also had six assists and four rebounds.
  • Samantha Tabakman (13) and Dominique Ward (10) also scored in double figures for Rhode Island.
  • Ward had a strong all-around game. In addition to the 10 points, she had six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
  • Senior Symone Bullard scored eight points off the bench. She also had a career-high seven rebounds.
  • Redshirt sophomore Morgan Johnson and redshirt junior Kallie Banker both scored six points, each hitting a pair of 3-pointers.
  • Freshman Amari Johnson had five points and one rebound in seven minutes.
  • Wilson (4), Ward (2), Banker (2), Morgan Johnson (2), Amari Johnson (1), Brianna Thomas (1) and Samantha Tabakman (1) all hit 3-point baskets for Rhode Island.
  • With 121 3-pointers on the season, Rhode Island needs 32 more to break the program record of 152 set in the 2007-08 season.
  • The Rams had a significant edge on the boards, outrebounding Davidson 41-29.
  • Ball movement was strong for both teams. Rhode Island had 19 assists, while the Wildcats had 16. 
  • Rhody shot 57.9 percent from the floor (11-for-19) in the second half. It was the best performance in the second half this season. The first half at FIU (59.3 percent) was the only stronger shooting half of the season.

Stat of the Game
– Senior Tayra Melendez played in the 100th game of her career Saturday.

What's Next

Rhode Island hits the road for two games next week. The Rams play at Massachusetts for a noon tipoff Wednesday, Jan. 27. Rhody then heads to Fordham Saturday, Jan. 30.