Rams Can't Keep Up With Minnesota, Fall 82-60

Rams Can't Keep Up With Minnesota, Fall 82-60

Rhody Starters
Colome, Ross, Wilson, Vargas, Motrechuk

Minnesota Starters
Edwards, Bell, Kaposi, Wagner, Hubbard

How it Happened
Rhode Island (1-1) kept the game close through two quarters, but the Rams eventually wore down against visiting Minnesota, falling 82-60 Monday night.

Minnesota (2-0) established the first significant lead of the game with a spurt late in the second quarter. After an Abby Streeter free throw pulled the Rams within one (28-27) with 3:11 left in the half, the Golden Gophers closed the second quarter on a 6-1 run to head into the break up 34-28.

Marta Vargas hit a 3-pointer for the first points of the second half, trimming the deficit to 34-31. However, that was the closest Rhody got. Minnesota went on a 17-5 run to push the advantage to as many as 15 points in the third. The Golden Gophers maintained the double-digit lead throughout the final quarter to hand Rhode Island its first loss of the season.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Dina Motrechuk led the Rhode Island offense, finishing with 13 points and seven rebounds in just 14 minutes before fouling out.
  • Freshman Abby Streeter added a second double-digit scorer for the Rams, pouring in 13 points to match Motrechuk for the team-high. The perimeter shooter made four 3-pointers, giving her nine through the first two games of her career.
  • Junior Jalissa Ross had a career-best three blocked shots. She also added eight points and five rebounds.
  • Redshirt sophomore Elemy Colome continued her fast start to the season. She had eight points, six rebounds and four steals before fouling out.
  • Minnesota did its damage in the paint and in the transition game. The Golden Gophers outscored Rhode Island 38-16 inside, and also had an 8-0 edge in fast-break points.
  • The Golden Gophers also had a 61-33 advantage in rebounding. Their 26 offensive rebounds led to 17 second-chance points.
  • Guards Kenisha Bell (22 points) and Charlie Wagner (18) combined for nearly half of Minnesota's points.
  • The Golden Gophers attemped 33 free throws, but shot just 60.6 percent (20-of-33) at the line.

Stat of the Game
50 - Through two games, Rhode Island has committed 50 personal fouls, resulting in four foul outs. Rhody had 27 fouls and three players foul out Monday night.

What's Next
Rhode Island heads south for a pair of games in Alabama later in the week. Rhody plays at Samford Friday, Nov. 17 before traveling to Jacksonville State on Monday, Nov. 20.