Rams Battle Back but Fall at La Salle, 70-51

Rams Battle Back but Fall at La Salle, 70-51

Rhody Starters
Lassiter, Ross, Wilson, M. Johnson, Motrechuk

La Salle Starters
Alston, Miller, Griffin, Freeland, Lisa Mintzer

How It Happened

A late rally ran out of gas for Rhode Island, as the Rams fell 70-51 at La Salle Monday night.

After falling behind by as many as 22 points, Rhody (4-12, 0-4 Atlantic 10) used a furious 13-2 run to open the fourth quarter and cut the lead to six points with 7:06 to go. However, La Salle (9-6, 2-2 A-10) responded with a 12-1 run to close out the game and secure the victory.

La Salle's Amy Griffin, the league's leading scorer at 20.4 points per game entering the night, was limited to 15 points. However, the Explorers got balanced scoring to hold a commanding lead for much of the night. The Explorers also got 14 points from Micahya Owens, 12 from Ashanti Freeland and 10 from Lisa Mintzer.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Charise Wilson scored a game-high 23 points to go with six assists and three steals.
  • With the six assists, Wilson now has 277 for her career. She moved past the legendary Michele Washington (272 from 1982-86) and is now tied with Carol Smith (1980-84) for ninth place on Rhode Island's all-time list.
  • Sophomore Dina Motrechuk had 13 points, four blocked shots and three rebounds. It was the seventh time this season she has blocked at least four shots.
  • Motrechuk now has 42 blocks this year, making her the eighth player in program history with at least 40 in one year.
  • Freshman Nicole Jorgensen provided five points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots off the bench.
  • Freshman Ednaija Lassiter had a solid effort, scoring six points, grabbing seven rebounds and getting two steals.
  • Rhody had 12 steals, the seventh time this season with double figures in the category.
  • Rhode Island had 19 points on 38 possessions in the first half. In the second half, the Rams had 32 points on 37 possessions.

Stat of the Game
– La Salle scored 19 points off of 17 Rhode Island turnovers.

What's Next

Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host Richmond Saturday at 2 p.m.