Rhode Island Starters
Ross, M. Johnson, Ward, Raysor, Jorgensen
Saint Joseph's Starters
Rule, Monaghan, Veilleux, Garner, Franklyn
How it Happened
Playing without star point guard Charise Wilson for the first time since her arrival on campus as a freshman, Rhode Island (4-16, 0-8) struggled to get its offense going from the get-go. The Rams trailed 14-5 before making their first field goal of the game - a layup by Tyler Raysor - with just 2:43 remaining in the first quarter.
The second quarter got off to a similar start with Saint Joseph's (8-12, 5-3) holding Rhode Island scoreless until Jalissa Ross hit one-of-two from the line 5:34 into the period. By then however, the Hawks had built their lead double digits and eventually took a 47-23 lead into the break.
SJU led by 20 or more until back-to-back buckets by Ednaija Lassiter and Nicole Jorgensen made it a 19-point game (58-39) with 9:42 remaining in regulation. The Hawks then used a 7-0 run to go back up by 26 and led by as many as 28 on four separate occasions.
Inside the Box Score
- Each of the eight Rhode Island players to see the floor registered points for the Rams, led by sophomore Dina Motrechuk's team-high 10 points. Motrechuk also recorded three blocks and four rebounds in the loss.
- Freshman Nicole Jorgensen pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds while also adding six points, two steals, one block and one assist.
- Juniors Dominique Ward and Tyler Raysor each scored eight points on the afternoon. Ward also had a pair of steals while Raysor added two assists.
- Redshirt junior Morgan Johnson finished the game with seven points and five rebounds while freshman Ednaija Lassiter added six points and a pair of steals.
- Saint Joseph's Chelsea Woods led all players with a game-high 19 points in 16 minutes off the bench.
- Starter Amanda Fioravanti added 18 points and a team-best eight boards for the Hawks.
- As a team, Rhode Island committed 19 turnovers which led directly to 24 SJU points.
- St. Joe's held an 18-7 advantage in assists and finished the game with a 1.38 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Stats of the Game
8 - Eight of Rhode Island's 12 first-quarter points came from the free-throw line as Rhody went the first 7:17 of the game without making a field goal.
1 - Junior captain Charise Wilson missed the first game of her career in the loss to the Hawks. Prior to being sidelined with an injury, the Rams' point guard had appeared and started in each of URI's previous 79 games.
The Rams return to action at Dayton on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff at UD Arena is set for 2 p.m.