Rams Fall Short Against Bryant in Ocean State Tip-Off Finale

Rams Fall Short Against Bryant in Ocean State Tip-Off Finale

Rhody Starters
Wilson, M. Johnson, Ward, A. Johnson, Motrechuk

Bryant Starters
Ashley, Klein, Bailey, Palmer, Olander

How It Happened

Despite a strong defensive effort that saw Rhode Island break the single-game record for blocked shots, Rhode Island lost 62-56 to Bryant in the consolation game of the Ocean State Tip-Off Sunday afternoon.

In a fast-paced first half that featured five lead changes and five ties, Rhode Island (4-5) had its perimeter shooting working. The Rams were 7-for-14 from deep, as four different players connected. Morgan Johnson had three 3-pointers, and Dominique Ward added two more. On the inside, it was Dina Motrechuk doing the damage, scoring eight points before the break.

Bryant (4-3) led for most of the third quarter, but Rhode Island never let the lead get beyond six points. A layup by Charise Wilson tied the score at 42-42 for the Rams, but Bryant responded with a 7-2 run to forge back ahead.

The Rams took a 52-51 lead on a shot by Wilson with 4:36 to go, but Bryant (4-3) ended the game on an 11-4 run to pull out the victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Dina Motrechuk tied the Rhode Island single-game record with six blocked shots, becoming the fourth Ram ever to reach the mark.
  • Motrechuk also had 10 points and six rebounds.
  • Junior Morgan Johnson scored a team-high 11 points and had four rebounds. She sparked the offense in the first half with three 3-pointers.
  • Junior Dominique Ward had eight points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocked and two steals in her typical strong all-around game.
  • Senior Dempsey Cooper made her first career start and played a career-high 27 minutes, one day after playing 18 minutes, her previous high. She had three assists, one steal and one rebound.
  • Junior Charise Wilson had six points, five steals and three assists, despite playing just 20 minutes due to injury. She missed all but four minutes of the first half.
  • Wilson was named to the Ocean State Tip-Off All-Tournament Team. Also on the all-tournament team were MVP Taylor Will and Mary Butler from Brown, Yoyo Nogic and Clara Che from Providence and Sydney Holloway from Bryant.
  • Freshman Ednaija Lassiter had three points, four rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one steal in an active 14 minutes off the bench.
  • Rhode Island had 11 steals, marking the fifth time in nine outings the Rams have reached double digits in the category.

Stat of the Game
– Rhode Island set a program record with 12 blocked shots. Sophomore Dina Motrechuk tied the individual record with six.

What's Next

Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host No. 22 Michigan State Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.