Rhode Island Comes Up Short Against Fordham, 56-38

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Colome, Ross, Moffitt, Vargas, Jorgensen

Fordham Starters
Jillings, Holden, Cavanaugh, Heremaia, Goulding

How It Happened
Rhode Island (7-11, 2-4 Atlantic 10) fell behind early and was unable to get itself back into the game, falling to Fordham 56-38 Thursday night.

Fordham (13-7, 4-2 A-10) opened the game on an 8-2 run, taking advantage of four early turnovers by Rhody. From there, the teams traded baskets through the rest of the quarter. Fordham's Bre Cavanaugh had 11 points in the period to help her team to a 17-11 lead by the end of the period.

Fordham extended its lead to double digits in the second quarter. Back-to-back shots from Zara Jillings and Cavanaugh made the score 28-15 with 3:51 to go in the half. Rhode Island held Fordham to just two points the rest of the quarter, but managed just three points of its own, going into the break down 30-18.

Rhode Island cut the deficit in half by scoring the first six points of the third quarter. Maia Moffitt hit a runner, and Elemy Colome made a pair of layups to make the score 30-24. Fordham did not score for the first 4:03, starting the half 0-for-5 from 3-point range. A Mary Goulding trey stopped the URI run, and a jumper from Kendell Heremaia pushed the lead back to 11 at 35-24. Fordham maintained a double-digit lead after three quarters, 39-29.

URI got as close as seven points in the final quarter, but Fordham was able to keep its host at an arm's length down the stretch to secure the win.

Inside the Box Score

  • Redshirt junior Elemy Colome was the lone Ram in double digits, scoring a team-high 16 points. It was her 13th game in double figures this season, and the 20th time in her career with at least 10 points.
  • Sophomore Maia Moffitt had six points and four rebounds, while senior Jalissa Ross had four points and six rebounds.
  • Junior Nicole Jorgensen had five points and seven rebounds.
  • Senior Dina Motrechuk had five points off the bench. She also moved into sole possession of fourth place on Rhode Island's all-time block list. She now has 123, passing Barbara Walton (122 from 1976-79).
  • Redshirt junior Davida Dale had seven rebounds and two points before fouling out.

What's Next
Rhode Island travels to play George Mason Sunday, Jan. 27. Game time is 2 p.m.