Richmond Surges Late, Defeats Rhode Island 58-53

Richmond Surges Late, Defeats Rhode Island 58-53

Rhode Island Starters
Lassiter, Ross, Wilson, M. Johnson, Motrechuk

Richmond Starters
Murphree, Hinds-Clarke, Wiseman, Parson, Tolson

How It Happened
Rhode Island had a three-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, but Richmond rallied late to escape with the victory, beating the Rams 58-53 Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Jalissa Ross put Rhody (4-13, 0-5 A-10) up 44-41 with a 3-pointer with 5:42 remaining. Richmond (9-9, 3-2 A-10) tied it at 44-44 on a layup from Micaela Parson at the 4:44 mark. The teams traded baskets over the next couple minutes until the visiting Spiders pulled away down the stretch.

Karleigh Wike made a pair of free throws at 1:53 to put Richmond up 53-51, and a jumper by Janelle Hubbard extended the lead to four points. Charise Wilson pulled Rhode Island back within 55-53 with a layup with 48 seconds to go, but the Rams did not score the rest of the way. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Nicole Jorgensen registered the second double-double of her career, recording game-highs in both scoring (16) and rebounding (14). She also led all players with three blocked shots.
  • Junior Charise Wilson finished with 12 points, five assists, three rebounds and one steal before fouling out in the final minute of the game. 
  • Sophomore Jalissa Ross scored nine points to go along with three rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
  • Freshman Ednaija Lassiter pulled down six rebounds, scored six points, dished out three assists and had a game-high four steals.
  • Sophomore Dina Motrechuk had two blocked shots in the loss. The leading shot blocker in the Atlantic 10, she has now blocked multiple shots in 11 of 17 games this season.
  • As a team, Rhode Island outscored Richmond in the paint, 32-16. 
  • The Rams also held an 8-2 advantage in blocked shots and an 11-9 edge in assists.
  • Rhody - which entered the game shooting just 52.7 percent from the free-throw line - connected on eight of its 11 attempts (72.7%) against the Spiders.  
  • Rhody committed 25 turnovers, which led directly to 20 Richmond points. By contrast, the Spiders committed just 14 turnovers which led to just six points for the Rams.
  • The Richmond bench finished the afternoon with 35 points while URI's non-starters combined for 21.

What's Next
Rhode Island returns to action on Wednesday night at VCU. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.