Rhode Island Starters
Ross, Motrechuk, Lassiter, M. Johnson, Ward
La Salle Starters
Freeland, Mintzer, Alston, Miller, Griffin
How It Happened
Despite a 20-point, 13-rebound game from Nicole Jorgensen and a halftime tie, the Rhode Island Rams dropped a back-and-forth battle to the La Salle Explorers, 58-49.
After going down 17-8 in the first quarter, Rhody (4-18, 0-10 A-10) opened the second quarter with a 6-2 run before a La Salle (14-8, 7-3 A-10) timeout at 7:56. URI would catch fire again after the break and go on to tie the game up 21-21 at the 4:19 mark.
La Salle broke the tie and went up by two, but Rhody responded with a Jalissa Ross layup to make it a tied game going into halftime, 23-23.
The Rams went down by as many as eight in the second half, but they responded and cut the lead to one (50-49) with a little under two minutes left in the game. However, clutch rebounding and free throw shooting sealed the victory for the Explorers.
Inside the Box Score
- Freshman Nicole Jorgensen set a new career high in points with 20. Along with 13 rebounds, Jorgensen earned her fifth double-double, tying her for the 15th most in the conference this season.
- Sophomore Amari Johnson finished two points shy of her career high by scoring 11.
- Junior Dominique Ward registered eight points and seven rebounds to go along with a pair of assists.
- La Salle captured 56 rebounds, the most any team has recorded against Rhody this season.
- Dina Motrechuk had six points and four rebounds as well as one block.
- Rhode Island committed to 30 turnovers in the loss, which led to 28 points for the Explorers.
- La Salle held a 26-10 advantage in second-chance points, thanks in part to its 35 offensive rebounds.
- The two teams combined to go 1-for-15 from three-point range. The lone trey of the game came from URI's Amari Johnson.
- The Rams went into halftime tied for the first time this season.
- Rhode Island was just 4-for-16 (.250) from the free throw line. It marked the 11th time this season Rhode Island failed to connect on at least 60 percent of its free throw attempts.
- Micahya Owens (18), Amy Griffin (12) and Sofilia Ngwafang (11) all scored in double figures for La Salle.
- Three Explorers also finished with double-digit rebounds: Griffin (10), Jasmine Alston (13) and Ashanti Freeland (12).
Stat of the Game
8 - Rhode Island scored just eight points in both the first and fourth quarters.
The Rams hit the road this Sunday when they travel to Richmond to take on the Spiders at 1 p.m.