Wilson, M. Johnson, Ward, Ross, Motrechuk
Michigan State Starters
Hollie, Reimer, Jankoska, McCutcheon, Agee
How It Happened
Rhode Island suffered an 85-48 loss to Michigan State Thursday night.
After Rhode Island (4-6) scored the first basket of the game, Michigan State (9-2) responded with a 22-0 run. The Rams managed to cut the deficit to six points late in the second quarter, following a pair of free throws by Dominique Ward. Unfortunately the Spartans ended the quarter on a 9-4 run to go into halftime with an 11-point lead.
Rhode Island managed just seven points in the third quarter while Michigan State essentially put the game away with 23 points of its own. Leading scorer Tori Jankoska had 10 of her team-high 16 points in the period for the Spartans.
The loss was the third in a row for Rhode Island while Michigan State has now won three in a row.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Dominique Ward scored a season-high 13 points.
- The Rams had six steals on the night.
- Junior Charise Wilson scored a team-high 14 points. The baskets were good to secure the guard into the top 10 all-time scoring with 1,174 points, tying Dayna Smith (1992-96).
- Wilson also moved into third place in program history with the 159th 3-pointer of her career. She finished the night with 160, leaving her just 25 shy of Rhode Island's all-time mark.
- Sophomore Dina Motrechuk had four blocks, her fourth game with four or more blocked shots this season.
- Michigan State had a 42-30 edge on the boards.
- The Spartans' bench outscored Rhode Island's 30-18.
- Michigan State had 21 assists, the second time this season an opponent has had more than 20.
Stat of the Game
31 – Michigan State scored 31 points off of 21 Rhode Island turnovers.
Rhode Island travels to Kansas for its first game ever against the Jayhawks. Game time is 3 pm EST.