Rhode Island Starters
Colome, Dale, Moffitt, Jones, Jorgensen
North Dakota Starters
Dailey, Morton, Dooley, Strand, Klabo
How it Happened
Rhode Island defeated North Dakota 77-63 Tuesday night at the Ryan Center, improving to 3-2 on the season and matching last year's win total just five games into the 2018-19 campaign.
The teams got off to a slow start as they were a combined 4-for-20 from the field through the game's first five and a half minutes. The Rams closed the quarter on an 8-4 run however, as Nicole Jorgensen and Davida Dale each scored four points during the push that put Rhody up 12-8.
Rhode Island (3-2) stretched it's lead to 11 after a 3-pointer by Dale gave the Rams a 23-12 lead with 5:25 to go in the first half. Meanwhile, the Rhody defense held North Dakota (1-4) without a field goal for a span of 5:13, eventually taking a 29-22 lead into the break.
The Rams continued to apply the pressure in the third quarter, taking a 17-point lead after a pair of Meghan Oberg free throws made it a 50-33 game with 1:42 remaining in the period. Rhody remained on top by double digits the rest of the way, cruising to the 77-63 victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Redshirt junior Davida Dale (22) and redshirt junior Elemy Colome (20) combined for 42 of Rhody's 77 points on the night.
- Dale also recorded seven rebounds, six steals, five assists and one block before fouling out.
- Colome - who connected on a career-best 8-of-9 attempts from the foul line - added four boards, two assists and one steal.
- Junior Nicole Jorgensen registered 10 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and 14th of her career. She also blocked a pair of shots for the Rams.
- Sophomore Maia Moffitt was the fourth Ram to score in double figures, finishing the game with 10 points, three rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists.
- Redshirt sophomore Meghan Oberg was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. She also hit a 3-pointer to finish the night with nine points.
- As a team, Rhode Island outscored North Dakota in the paint, 40-22, and held a 20-9 advantage in fast break points.
- The game featured two lead changes and three ties. URI led for a total of 32:59.
- The Rams and Fighting Hawks combined for 54 free throws on the night. Rhody was 24-for-29 from the line while North Dakota was 23-of-25.
The Rams return to action on Saturday when they host Providence in the opening game of the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament. Game time is set for 12 noon.