Lassiter, Ross, M. Johnson, Ward, Jorgensen
George Mason Starters
Grate, Bolton, Wright, Padgett, Dodson
How It Happened
Freshman Nicole Jorgensen scored a career-high 27 points, but Rhode Island could not keep pace with George Mason, falling 60-51 Wednesday night.
Rhody (4-22, 0-14 Atlantic 10) kept it close in the first quarter, trailing 11-8. The Rams limited George Mason (13-14, 6-8 A-10) to 23.5 percent (4-for-17) from the floor. Nicole Jorgensen scored four points in the paint for the Rams, who did not allow a field goal for the final 4:56 of the period.
The defense stayed strong in the second quarter, as Rhode Island again held the Patriots to 11 points. While George Mason struggled to find any rhythm on offense, Jorgensen scored seven points in the period, including her first career 3-pointer. Amari Johnson added four points as Rhody took a 24-22 lead into the break.
It was the Rams who struggled in the third, making just 3-of-11 field goals in the third while George Mason was 8-for-17 in the period. Sparked by back-to-back 3-point plays from Kara Wright and Alexis Grate, the Patriots opened a 10-point lead at 40-30 with 1:58 to go in the third, helping the hosts take an 11-point lead into the final quarter.
The Patriots pushed the lead to as many as 15 points in the fourth. Rhody ended the game on an 8-3 run to get the deficit back to single digits, but they could not avoid the loss.
Inside the Box Score
- Freshman Nicole Jorgensen topped 20 points for the second time this season, finishing with 27. She was 11-of-14 from the floor and added eight rebounds.
- Fellow freshman Ednaija Lassiter had nine points, and sophomore Amari Johnson added eight.
- Lassiter also had a team-high four assists.
- Sophomore Jalissa Ross had eight rebounds, matching her season high.
- The Rams had one of their stronger efforts at the free throw line, making 9-of-13 at the stripe.
- The Patriots also had a 14-5 edge in second-chance points.
Stat of the Game
19 – George Mason scored 19 points off of 19 turnovers. The loss was Rhode Island's 19th in a row.
Rhode Island hosts Duquesne Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. It will be Rhody's #Play4Kay Pink Game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.