Rhody Holds Off Molloy, 49-38

Rhody Holds Off Molloy, 49-38

Rhody Starters:
Melendez, Wallack, Banker, Lewis, T. Johnson

Molloy Starters:

Arnone, Smith, Hampton, Guerriero, O'Connor

Rhody Leaders:

Points: Lewis (10)
Rebounds: Melendez (11) 
Assists: Melendez (5) 
Steals: Lewis, Melendez, Banker (3)
Blocked Shots: T. Johnson (4)
Minutes Played: Melendez (34)

Molloy Leaders:
Points: Jackson (10)
Rebounds: Padro (6) 
Assists: O'Connor (3)
Steals: Padro (2)
Blocked Shots: Smith, Kenney (2)
Minutes Played: Guerriero (35)

How it Happened:
Rhode Island (5-8) did not allow a point until nearly seven minutes into the game as it defeated Molloy 49-38 in its final non-conference game of the season Monday.

Despite leading the entire way, Rhode Island was not able to put the game away until the closing minutes. After Molloy, a Division II school from Rockville Centre, N.Y., cut the lead to six early in the second half, the Rams went on a 10-0 run to seemingly put the game away.

However, the Lions went on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 10 to at 39-29 with 4:56 remaining. That was as close as the score got, as Rhody was able to secure its fourth win in five games.

Inside the Box Score:

  • Though the game was a regular contest for the Rams, it counted as an exhibition for Molloy.
  • Rhody's defense held Molloy to 5-of-35 (14.3 percent) from the floor in the first half, including 0-for-10 from 3-point range. The 10 points, five field goals and 14.3 shooting percentage were all season lows for a half by an opponent.
  • Rhode Island tied the program record for blocked shots in a game with nine. Tati Johnson had a career-high four. It was the second time this season the Rams had nine in a game, also doing so against NJIT on Dec. 7.
  • Johnson, who made her second start of the season, had eight points and five rebounds to go with the four blocks.
  • Junior captain Megan Straumann saw her most significant action of the season, playing 20 minutes off the bench. Straumann, who is coming back from an injury, had been limited to three minutes total leading into the game. She had five points – including her first 3-point basket of the year – and one assist.
  • Molloy was led by Kimani Jackson's 10 points. Sabrina Pedro added six points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals off the bench.
  • Despite a size advantage for Rhode Island, the teams were even in the paint, with Rhody holding a slight 24-22 edge for points in the paint.
  • Rebounding has been a strength all season for the Rams, but URI had just a 48-41 advantage on the boards, falling below the team's +8.3 rebounding margin for the season.

Stat of the Game:
– The teams combined to shoot just 15.2 percent (5-for-33) from 3-point range. Both teams shot blanks in the first half, combining to go 0-for-19 from beyond the arc.


What's Next:
Rhody opens Atlantic 10 play when La Salle comes to Kingston Thursday, Jan. 2. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.