Bonnies Outlast Rams, Hand Rhody 78-69 Defeat

Bonnies Outlast Rams, Hand Rhody 78-69 Defeat

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

St. Bonaventure Starters
Ruff, Terry, Richmond, Britvar, Hart

How It Happened

Charise Wilson tied the Rhode Island record for 3-pointers in a game and Amari Johnson recorded her first career double-double, but the Rams could not keep up with St. Bonaventure, falling 78-69 Wednesday.

Rhode Island (4-9, 0-1 A-10) got out to a 13-10 lead after one quarter, thanks to 3-pointers from Morgan Johnson, Dominique Ward and Charise Wilson. The Rams had a five-point lead, but the Bonnies got a jumper at the buzzer from Jalisha Terry to cut into the advantage.

In the second quarter, the Rams held St. Bonaventure (6-7, 1-0 A-10) without a field goal for 4:14, but had just one field goal of their own over the final 7:22 of the quarter. The Bonnies got to the break with a 23-21 lead.

Down by eight points with 1:33 left in the third, the Rams closed the quarter on a 10-4 run. Johnson and Nicole Jorgensen scored all 10 points during the run as Rhody cut the deficit to 46-44. Wilson had 10 points in the period to get the Ram offense going.

The Bonnies continued to do damage in the paint in the fourth quarter, never allowing Rhode Island to come all the way back. Forwards Matea Bitvar and Gabby Richmond combined for 46 points, and guard Mariah Ruff added 19 for St. Bonaventure.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Amari Johnson had 10 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. She also had three steals, two blocked shots and two assists.
  • Junior Charise Wilson scored 34 points, marking the third time this season she has topped 30 points. She had four assists, two rebounds and two steals.
  • Wilson also made seven 3-point baskets, tying the program record set by Lindsey O'Neil on Dec. 2, 2001.
  • Rhode Island tied a program record by making 13 3-point baskets as a team and set a record with 37 3-point attempts.
  • Junior Morgan Johnson had nine points, three rebounds and three steals. 
  • Sophomore Dominique Ward had six points and five rebounds.
  • St. Bonaventure had a 36-25 advantage on points in the paint. 
  • Rhode Island showed some improvement on the boards, allowing 16 second-chance points on 13 offensive rebounds by the Bonnies.
  • The Rams had 22 offensive boards and had 19 second-chance points.

Stat of the Game
– St. Bonaventure was 21-of-25 at the free throw line, hitting 84.0 percent as a team. By contrast, the Rams were 6-for-17 (35.3 percent).

What's Next

Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host Fordham on New Year's Day. The game tips off at 2 p.m.