Ross, Wilson, M. Johnson, Ward, Motrechuk
Boyd, Santucci, St. Fort, Bravo-Harriott, Rasmussen
How It Happened
Rhode Island (1-2) struggled offensively against a high-pressure defense, falling at Toledo 65-50 Tuesday night.
Toledo (2-0) opened the game with a 7-2 lead as Rhode Island started 1-for-10 from the floor. Freshmen Nicole Jorgensen and Ednaija Lassiter got the Rams going. Jorgensen hit a basket in the paint, and Lassiter hit a 3-pointer as Rhody took a brief 10-9 lead. Toledo ended the quarter on a 5-0 run.
The Rockets extended the lead in the second quarter, ending the period on a 15-5 spurt to take a 36-21 lead into the break. Toledo's defense forced 13 turnovers, helping the Rockets to an 8-0 advantage in fast break points in the first half.
Rhode Island was held scoreless for the first 5:08 of the third quarter as Toledo pushed the lead to as many as 22 points. Morgan Johnson hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to cut the deficit to 18 points.
In the final quarter, Rhode Island scored the final five points, but it was not enough to challenge the Rocket lead.
Inside the Box Score
- Freshman Nicole Jorgensen led Rhode Island with her first career double-double, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. She was 8-for-12 from the floor.
- Junior Dominique Ward had 12 points, six rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
- Sophomore Amari Johnson had a career-high nine rebounds.
- Junior Charise Wilson was held to four points, but had seven assists.
- Rhode Island started the game 0-for-7 at the free throw line and were just 1-for-10 in the first half. The Rams finished 4-for-20 at the line.
Stat of the Game
14 – Toledo had 14 fast break points, while Rhode Island had zero.
Rhode Island heads home to host Penn Friday, Nov. 18. It will be the first meeting between the schools. Game time is 7 p.m.