Wilson, M. Johnson, Ward, A. Johnson, Motrechuk
Ashley, Klein, Bailey, Palmer, Olander
How It Happened
Despite a strong defensive effort that saw Rhode Island break the single-game record for blocked shots, Rhode Island lost 62-56 to Bryant in the consolation game of the Ocean State Tip-Off Sunday afternoon.
In a fast-paced first half that featured five lead changes and five ties, Rhode Island (4-5) had its perimeter shooting working. The Rams were 7-for-14 from deep, as four different players connected. Morgan Johnson had three 3-pointers, and Dominique Ward added two more. On the inside, it was Dina Motrechuk doing the damage, scoring eight points before the break.
Bryant (4-3) led for most of the third quarter, but Rhode Island never let the lead get beyond six points. A layup by Charise Wilson tied the score at 42-42 for the Rams, but Bryant responded with a 7-2 run to forge back ahead.
The Rams took a 52-51 lead on a shot by Wilson with 4:36 to go, but Bryant (4-3) ended the game on an 11-4 run to pull out the victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Sophomore Dina Motrechuk tied the Rhode Island single-game record with six blocked shots, becoming the fourth Ram ever to reach the mark.
- Motrechuk also had 10 points and six rebounds.
- Junior Morgan Johnson scored a team-high 11 points and had four rebounds. She sparked the offense in the first half with three 3-pointers.
- Junior Dominique Ward had eight points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocked and two steals in her typical strong all-around game.
- Senior Dempsey Cooper made her first career start and played a career-high 27 minutes, one day after playing 18 minutes, her previous high. She had three assists, one steal and one rebound.
- Junior Charise Wilson had six points, five steals and three assists, despite playing just 20 minutes due to injury. She missed all but four minutes of the first half.
- Wilson was named to the Ocean State Tip-Off All-Tournament Team. Also on the all-tournament team were MVP Taylor Will and Mary Butler from Brown, Yoyo Nogic and Clara Che from Providence and Sydney Holloway from Bryant.
- Freshman Ednaija Lassiter had three points, four rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one steal in an active 14 minutes off the bench.
- Rhode Island had 11 steals, marking the fifth time in nine outings the Rams have reached double digits in the category.
Stat of the Game
12 – Rhode Island set a program record with 12 blocked shots. Sophomore Dina Motrechuk tied the individual record with six.
Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host No. 22 Michigan State Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.