Ross, Wilson, M. Johnson, Ward, Motrechuk
Peterson, Slim, Cooper, Sykes, Day
How It Happened
Junior captain Charise Wilson reached 1,000 career points in the first quarter, but Rhode Island fell 95-49 at No. 13/14 Syracuse in the season opener for both teams Friday afternoon.
Syracuse – which reached the national championship game last season – used its 3-point shooting to open up an early lead. The Orange made eight shots from beyond the arc in the first half, which helped build a 13-point advantage at the break, 36-23.
The second half was all Syracuse, as the Orange pushed to as many as 46 points and coasted to the victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Sophomore Dina Motrechuk scored a career-high 16 points, reaching double digits in scoring for the first time. She added a career-high 13 rebounds for her first career double-double.
- Junior Dominique Ward was the second Ram in double figures, finishing with 10 points, six rebounds and two steals.
- Sophomore Amari Johnson matched her career high with nine points.
- Ward made a pair of 3-point shots, making 2-of-6 attempts. The rest of the team combined to go 0-for-11 from 3-point range.
- Junior Charise Wilson became the 21st player in program to score 1,000 career points when she made a free throw in the first quarter. Wilson finished with 1,004 points, which moved her past Yatar Kuyateh (1,001 points from 1998-2002) into 20th place on Rhody's all-time list.
- Wilson also set career highs with 10 assists and 10 rebounds, giving her the first double-double of her career. She added three steals and five points.
- Sophomore Josie Chaves and freshmen Ednaija Lassiter and Nicole Jorgensen all made their collegiate debuts for the Rams.
- Syracuse enjoyed a significant advantage beyond the arc. The Orange made 17 3-pointers, while Rhode Island had two.
Stat of the Game
43 – Rhode Island committed 43 turnovers, which led to 38 points for Syracuse.
Rhode Island hosts Marist in its home opener Sunday, Nov. 13. Game time is 2 p.m.