Hawks Battle Back to Knock Off Rams, 55-48

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

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

Saint Joseph's Starters
Fisher, Roig, Baisden, Monaghan, Jekot

How It Happened
Rhode Island (7-19, 2-12 Atlantic 10) built a 13-point lead in the opening quarter, but Saint Joseph's was able to rally and hand the Rams a 55-48 defeat Sunday afternoon.

Junior Nicole Jorgensen scored 13 of Rhode Island's first 15 points, helping the Rams jump out in front early. By the time Maia Moffitt hit a 3-pointer with 1:11 to go in the opening quarter, Rhody's was ahead 18-5 and dominating both ends of the floor.

From there, Saint Joseph's (11-16, 7-7 A-10) steadily chipped away at the lead. Behind the play of Alyssa Monaghan (22 points, 5 rebounds) and Kristalyn Baisden (13 points, four rebounds), the Hawks limited Rhode Island to 18 points combined over the second and third quarters, trimming the deficit to 36-33 entering the final period.

A Mary Sheehan layup put Saint Joseph's ahead for the first time, 42-40, with 4:56 to go. Monaghan made it a nine-point game with a 3-pointer with 1:52 to go, and the Hawks withstood a final spurt by Rhode Island. Elemy Colome hit a pair of free throws to pull Rhody back within five with 55 seconds to go, but the Rams got no closer, losing their ninth straight game.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Nicole Jorgensen finished with her 18th career double-double, scoring a team-high 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
  • Redshirt junior Elemy Colome added nine points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
  • The Hawks held the advantage in second chance points (13-11), fast break points (19-2), and bench points (16-5).
  • St. Joe's scored 19 points off of the Rams 21 turnovers.

Up Next
The Rams hit the road to face Davidson on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.