Wilson, M. Johnson, Ward, Jorgensen, Motrechuk
Hollenshead, Cooper, Foley, Carey, Miller
How It Happened
Rhode Island (3-3) shot 50 percent from the floor for the second straight game and got several big defensive plays as the Rams won at Fairfield 72-65 Wednesday afternoon.
Rhode Island opened on a 16-3 run and pushed its lead to as many as 17 points in the opening period. Charise Wilson scored 12 points in the quarter, as the Rams took a 26-13 lead.
Fairfield (3-2) – which saw its three-game winning streak end – came right back in the second quarter, outscoring the Rams 27-15. The Stags got 12 points in the period from Kelsey Carey. Rhode Island never trailed, though Fairfield did tie the score twice in the period.
Dominique Ward hit a 3-pointer to end the third quarter, then she knocked another down to open the fourth. After the second shot, she forced a 10-second violation by Fairfield, which led to a 3-pointer from Morgan Johnson as the Rams opened a lead they never relinquished. After Fairfield closed to 69-65, Dina Motrechuk got an offensive rebound and put-back to push the lead back to six points with 1:17 left to seal the win.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Charise Wilson scored 26 points, dished out six assists and had six rebounds. She also came up with two steals.
- Sophomore Dina Motrechuk got her second double-double of the season, finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds. She was 5-for-6 from the floor and added one blocked shot.
- Junior Dominique Ward was the third Ram in double digits, scoring 11 points. All of her points came in the second half. Her pressure defense also helped cause 12 Fairfield turnovers.
- Freshman Nay Lassiter scored seven points off the bench in the first half. Rhode Island's bench had 17 points.
- Freshman Nicole Jorgensen made her first career start for the Rams.
- Rhode Island shot 57.5 (15-of-26) from the floor in the first half, and 50.0 percent (25-of-50) for the game.
- Rhode Island hit 11 3-pointers, which is tied for the second most in a game in program history.
Stat of the Game
11-of-15 – Rhode Island was 11-for-15 at the free throw line. The Rams hit their first 10 shots from the line.
Rhode Island will be off for a week until it travels to UMass Lowell for its final game of November. The Rams visit the Lancers Tuesday, Nov. 29. Game time is 7 p.m.