Rams Run Past Friars in Ocean State Tip-Off Opener

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhode Island Starters
Colome, Ross, Dale, Moffitt, Jorgensen

Providence Starters
Williams, Nogic, Jolin, Orlando, Cooper

How it Happened
Rhode Island (4-2) used an offensive outburst in the second quarter to build a big lead before holding on for a 72-65 win over Providence, Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament.

Both teams came out shooting well from the floor. Rhode Island shot 57.1 percent (8-of-14) in the first quarter and led 23-19 after 10 minutes of play. Nicole Jorgensen scored six points and Gabrielle Green added four to lead a balanced attack. Seven Rams scored in the opening period. Providence was 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from the floor – including three 3-pointers – to keep the score close.

After a 3-point basket by Maddie Jolin pulled Providence within two (24-22) with 9:10 remaining in the second quarter, Rhode Island used a 13-0 run add some distance. A layup by Elemy Colome gave the Rams a double-digit advantage at 32-22. The Rams pushed it to as many as 16, and eventually took a 41-30 advantage into the break.  

The action was back-and-forth early in the third quarter, with Providence slowly chipping away at it's deficit. The Friars got the Rhody advantage down to seven at 56-49 following a Jolin layup with 1:17 left in the period. An Abby Streeter jump shot stretched the lead to nine for the Rams (58-49) heading into the final quarter.

Providence (3-4) continued to inch closer down the stretch, getting within four points (64-60) following a pair of Earlette Scott free throws with 2:07 to go. Jorgensen scored three straight points on a layup and free throw to put URI back up by seven points. The Friars would not go away though, as Kaela Webb hit a 3-pointer to make it 67-63 with 1:11 remaining. Rhode Island sealed the game at the free throw line, hitting 3-of-4 in the final 35 seconds.

Inside the Box Score

  • This was Rhode Island's first win in the annual Ocean State Tip-Off, which began in the 2016-17 season. The Rams are now 1-4 at the event.
  • Redshirt junior Davida Dale finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists, six steals and two blocks. She has scored in double digits in four straight games. Four of her six assists came in the first quarter.
  • It was Dale's second straight game with six steals, giving her 20 on the season (3.3 per game).
  • Redshirt junior Elemy Colome scored 15 points, her fourth double-digit game of the season. She has scored at least eight points in every game this year.
  • Junior Nicole Jorgensen had 11 points and eight rebounds before fouling out in 17 minutes.
  • Redshirt sophomore Meghan Oberg contributed eight points, eight rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes off the bench.
  • The Rams were excellent at the free throw line again, hitting 17-of-21. Over its last two games, Rhode Island is 39-of-46 (84.8 percent). Rhody shot just 58.3 percent (47-of-72) in the first four games of the season.
  • Rhode Island had a big advantage down low, outscoring the Friars 36-20 in the paint.
  • With the win, Rhode Island (4-2) has surpassed its win total from last season (3-27).

Up Next
The Rams advanced to the championship game of the Ocean State Tip-Off, Sunday at 2 p.m. They will face Brown, which defeated Bryant in Saturday's second game.