Rhode Island Starters
Colome, Ross, Moffitt, Vargas, Jorgensen
George Mason Starters
Bolton, Gatling, Korpinen, Cardano-Hillary, Kaminski
How it Happened
In a game that featured 10 ties and seven lead changes, the Rams could not stop George Mason's offense in a 75-69 loss Sunday afternoon.
The Rams had the lead going into the first media timeout, 9-5, but the Patriots were able to cut the advantage to two by going on a 6-0 run to the end the first period down 16-14.
George Mason (11-8, 3-3 A-10) tied it 16-16 right at the start of the second (9:43). The Patriots took their first lead of the game after a successful trip to the free throw line by Nicole Cardano-Hillary less than a minute later. However Nicole Jorgensen scored six points in the final minutes of the second period to end the half and put the Rams up 35-33 going into the break.
George Mason scored six unanswered points to establish a 43-39 lead at the 6:18 mark of the third. A Laura Perez 3-pointer put the Rams (7-12, 2-5 A-10) within one 43-42 but the Patriots answered by using a 12-4 run to push the lead to nine. However Rhody closed out the period with baskets from Jorgensen and Davida Dale to cut the George Mason advantage to five (55-50).
The Patriots pushed their lead back to nine in the fourth, but the Rams answered and were able to get within one after scoring eight consecutive points from Jorgensen (4), Jalissa Ross (2), and Elemy Colome (2) to make the score 59-58 with 3:54 remaining. That was as close as the Rams could get, however, as they dropped their third straight conference game.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Nicole Jorgensen had a team-best 22 points and 11 rebounds. She matched her career-best five stops and added one steal.
- Jorgensen is now just nine boards away from 500 on her career.
- Redshirt junior Elemy Colome had 18 points to go with four steals and a pair of assists and rebounds.
- Redshirt junior Davida Dale was the third Ram to score in double figures with 13 points. She added three assists, two blocks, and two steals in 27 minutes.
- George Mason held the advantage in rebounds (43-33) and second chance points (13-11).
- The Patriots' Nicole Cardano-Hillary had a game-high 32 points.
The Rams return home to the Ryan Center on Wednesday, Jan. 30 for Education Day. Game time is set for 11:00 a.m.