Rams Rally Back, Down Visiting UMass 53-50

Rams Rally Back, Down Visiting UMass 53-50

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

UMass Starters
Mulligan, Holder, Stiff, Leidel, McDerment

How It Happened

In a game that saw UMass leading for a majority of the game, the Rhode Island women's basketball team fought hard to defeat the Minutewomen, 53-50.

The Rams (6-22, 2-14 A-10) had a 6-3 lead halfway through the first quarter before UMass (9-20, 4-12 A-10) came out of the media timeout on an 11-2 run. Freshman Nicole Jorgensen closed the gap with a layup with 19 seconds left in the quarter to make the score 14-10 in favor of the visitors.

The second quarter was back-and-forth action with Massachusetts leading by as many as eight. However, Rhode Island used an 8-2 run in the last five minutes of the quarter to cut the halftime deficit to just three at 27-24.

Early in the third quarter, UMass went up by seven before the Rams clawed their way back to within two, 38-36, with a little over three minutes left in the quarter. The Minutewomen were able to hold URI scoreless for the remainder of the quarter, taking a 42-36 lead into the fourth.

Charise Wilson eventually brought the Rams within two, and back-to-back layups by Jorgensen gave the Rams the lead for the first time since 8:45 in the second quarter.

With the clock winding down, UMass' Maggie Mulligan was fouled and sent to the line with the chance to tie it for the Minutewomen. However she made just one of her two shots, cutting URI's lead to one (49-48) with 35 seconds left in the game.

UMass then fouled Wilson with 27 seconds go, sending her to the line with the chance to open the lead. She hit both free throws to put the Rams up 51-48.

Mulligan would go back to the line for the Minutewomen for the chance at a three-point play and the tie, however she missed the and-1 opportunity. Jorgensen passed the ball up to Wilson, who was fouled again and sent to the free-throw line, where she hit both to seal the 53-50 victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Nicole Jorgensen had her fourth double-double of the season, collecting 17 points and 10 rebounds. It was her sixth game this season scoring in double digits.
  • Sophomore Dina Motrechuk collected six blocks for the third time this season, tying the URI single-game record and matching  the conference's high for a single game in A-10 play.
  • Jorgensen added five blocks, making it 11 total for Rhody and tying for the second-largest single-game mark in Rhode Island history.
  • Junior Charise Wilson scored 23 points in the victory, marking the 11th time this season and 28th time of her career that she surpasses 20 points in a game.
  • Wilson also had four steals, making it the fifth time this season that she's reached that mark.
  • Junior Dominique Ward matched her career-high with 12 rebounds in the win. She also pulled down a dozen at Bryant on Dec. 21, 2014.
  • This is the first time since Rhody played Samford on Nov. 20 that the Rams trailed at halftime and came back to win the game.
  • The Rams won the game without having a lead larger than three points.
  • As a team, Rhody tallied 44 total rebounds with 21 offensive boards and 23 on the defensive glass.
  • UMass junior Maggie Mulligan had 14 points and 11 rebounds for her conference-leading 27th double-double of the season. She also registered all six of the Minutewomen's blocks on the night.
  • Minutewomen freshman Haley Leidel scored 14 points in the effort.
  • Rhode Island outscored UMass in second-chance points (11-8), points in the paint (28-22), points off of turnovers (23-8) and fast break points (6-0).
  • Prior to tonight's game, senior Dempsey Cooper was recognized for her four years with the Rhode Island women's basketball team.

Stat of the Game
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This is the first time this season that the Rams won when scoring fewer than 60 points.

What's Next
Rhode Island will travel to Saint Joseph's for the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship this Saturday, Feb. 25. The game will tip off at 2 p.m.