Rams Use Second-Half Rally to Win at Richmond, 66-60

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhode Island Starters
Colome, Moffitt, Vargas, Jorgensen, Oberg

Richmond Starters
Hinds-Clark, Holt, Parson, Mraz, Duggan

How it Happened
Rhode Island (6-7, 1-0 Atlantic 10) used a fourth-quarter rally to overcome a 15-point deficit and earn the 66-60 victory over Richmond (3-11, 0-1 A-10) in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams.

Nicole Jorgensen (8) and Elemy Colome (5) were the only Rams to score in the first quarter, as the Rams entered the second period down 17-13. The Spiders opened the second on a 6-0 run after three consecutive 3-point baskets - including two from Molly Mraz - to establish a 26-13 lead. Richmond held the Rams to without a field goal until Dina Motrechuk ended the drought at 5:13 on a classic three-point play (28-16). Rhody ended the half on a 8-2 run to cut the deficit to 32-24 going into the break.

The Rams came out of the locker room and made 4-of-5 from beyond the arc in the third after going 0-of-11 in the first half of play. Rhode Island outscored Richmond 15-11 to cut the Spider advantage to one and ended the quarter down 43-32.

In the fourth, Rhody got its first lead of the game after an Elemy Colome 3-pointer with 3:48 remaining. The Rams held on to the lead backed by points from Jalissa Ross and Marta Vargas until the final buzzer to earn the 66-60 win.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Nicole Jorgensen scored a season-high 26 points on 9-of-11 shooting. She was a perfect 8-for-8 at the free throw line and added seven rebounds.
  • It was the ninth time in her career Jorgensen has scored 20 or more in a game, and the second time this season.
  • Senior Jalissa Ross added 12 points and seven rebounds. She had 10 points in the second half.
  • Redshirt junior Elemy Colome had eight points, six rebounds and three assists. All six of her boards came in the first half.
  • After missing her first six 3-point attempts, her first make of the day gave Rhody its first lead at 55-54 with 3:48 to go in the game.
  • After missing all 11 3-point attempts it took in the first half, Rhode Island was 7-of-15 from deep in the second half.
  • Rhode Island was 13-of-17 at the free throw line.
  • The Rams committed 13 turnovers, their lowest total of the season.
  • Rhody outscored Richmond 30-14 in the paint.
  • The Rams had 15 assists on 23 field goals. Four players - sophomore Marta Vargas (4), sophomore Maia Moffitt (3), Elemy Colome (3) and Jalissa Ross (3) - all had at least three assists.

Up Next
The Rams return home to host George Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Ryan Center.