Wilson, M. Johnson, Ward, Jorgensen, Motrechuk
UMass Lowell Starters
Gibbs, Hendrick, Britten, Sherman, Smith
How It Happened
Rhode Island's staunch defense clamped down in the fourth quarter and Charise Wilson scored 31 points as the Rams won their third straight game, beating UMass Lowell 64-57 Tuesday night.
Both teams started slowly on offense. Rhode Island (4-3) shot 25.0 percent (4-of-16) from the floor, but took a slight 9-8 lead into the second quarter. The River Hawks (0-7) were just 4-of-15 from the floor, with all of their points coming in the paint.
UMass Lowell used a 12-0 to establish a 16-9 lead at 7:27 of the second quarter, as Rhode Island went 9:04 without hitting a field goal between the first and second quarters. Despite the shooting drought, the Rams ended the half on a 7-0 run to take a 23-21 lead into the break.
The offense picked up for both teams in the third quarter. UMass Lowell scored 24 points in the period after having 21 in the first half. Rhode Island scored 21 in the third – including nine straight by Charise Wilson to end the quarter, but went into the final quarter down by a point.
Rhody allowed just two field goals over the first nine minutes of the fourth quarter, pushing the lead to as many as eight points. After struggling from deep throughout the game, Rhode Island got three 3-pointers in the final 3:23 of the game. Wilson, Ednaija Lassiter and Morgan Johnson all hit from deep to keep the Rams in front down the stretch and help put the game away.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Charise Wilson finished with 31 points, the second time in the last three games she has scored more than 30. She had 23 points after halftime. It was her fourth career game with at least 30 points.
- Wilson also had seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Her first rebounds of the game was the 300th of her career.
- Junior Dominique Ward just missed her second career double-double, getting 12 points and nine rebounds to go with three steals.
- Junior Tyler Raysor had a career-high five rebounds to go with four points. She matched her previous career high with three boards in five minutes in the first quarter.
- Sophomore Jalissa Ross had a pair of blocked shots in the fourth quarter.
- Rhode Island had 12 steals, the fourth time the Rams have reached double digits in a game.
- The Rams had an 11-0 edge in fast break points.
Stat of the Game
23 – Rhode Island scored 23 points off of 25 UMass Lowell turnovers.
Rhode Island plays at Brown Saturday at 3 p.m. afternoon in the inaugural Ocean State Tip-Off. The winner will play the winner of the Providence-Bryant game Sunday at 3 p.m. The losers of the Saturday games will play Sunday at 1 p.m.