Wilson's Return Leads Rhody to 71-69 Win Over Duquesne

Wilson's Return Leads Rhody to 71-69 Win Over Duquesne

Rhode Island Starters
Ross, Jorgensen, Wilson, M. Johnson, Ward

Duquesne Starters
Omogrosso, Vojinovic, Szamosi, Richardson, Thomas

How it Happened
Rhode Island (5-22, 1-14) rallied from a 12-point deficit to take down Duquesne (14-14, 7-8), Saturday afternoon at the Ryan Center. The win snapped an 19-game losing streak for the Rams.

URI opened the game with back-to-back buckets by Nicole Jorgensen and Charise Wilson and held on to the lead throughout the entirety of the period. Dominique Ward capped off the first-quarter scoring, connecting on a layup that put the Rams up 13-10 with just 00.9 remaining.

Rhody stretched its lead to as many as seven in the second quarter, taking a 21-14 lead after a steal and fast-break basket by Ward. However, Duquesne stormed back, using a 17-0 run over the next six and a half minutes to pull ahead by 10 at 31-21. A 3-ball by Ednaija Lassiter finally ended the Rams' scoring drought with 1:23 remaining in the half, sparking a late push that cut URI's deficit to three (31-28) by halftime.

After the break, the Dukes extended their lead to 12 (43-31), holding Rhody without a field goal until Wilson drained a shot from long range to make it a 43-34 game with 3:39 to go in the third quarter. The Rams came back and cut it to 50-47 after a traditional 3-point play by Wilson but the Dukes finished the period up 53-47.

The first seven points of the fourth quarter went to Rhode Island, as a jumper by Jorgensen put the Rams back on top at 54-53. Morgan Johnson followed with a layup that gave URI a 56-53 advantage, but Duquesne's Chassidy Omogrosso answered with her sixth 3-pointer of the game to knot the score back up at 56-56 with 7:02 remaining. 

Rhode Island and Duquesne traded baskets the rest of the way, but the Dukes were unable to pull back ahead. A layup by Conor Richardson tied things up at 68-68, but Wilson responded with a pair of makes from the line to put Rhody back on top 70-68 with 24.8 seconds left to play. Kadri-Ann Lass found herself at the line for the Dukes with 8.5 seconds remaining, but made just one of two attempts to make it 70-69 Rhode Island. 

A quick foul by Duquesne then sent Ward to the line, where she made 1-of-2 to put the Rams back up by a pair. With just six seconds left in the game, the Rams' defense forced Duquesne into a contested 3-point shot which did not fall, locking up the 71-69 victory for Rhode Island.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island's 71-point performance marked the first time since November 23 - a 72-65 win at Fairfield - that that Rams put 70 points or more on the board.
  • Junior Charise Wilson returned to the court for the Rams after missing the last seven games with an injury. She finished the game with 25 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 35 minutes of action. She connected on three 3-pointers and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line.
  • Wilson's 25-point performance marked the ninth time this season and 15th of her career that she scored 25 or more.
  • Junior Dominique Ward also scored in double figures, finishing with 10 points, a team-high seven rebounds, four assists and one steal.
  • Freshman Nicole Jorgensen registered a career-high five blocks to go along with eight points, and six rebounds.
  • Redshirt junior Morgan Johnson also scored eight points for the Rams, as did sophomore Amari Johnson. The pair combined for five rebounds, four steals and three assists.
  • As a team, Rhody held a 17-14 advantage in bench scoring and a 6-3 edge in blocked shots.
  • Chassidy Omogrosso (25), Julijana Vojinovic (16) and Amadea Szamosi (10) all scored in double figures for the Dukes. Vojinovic also dished out a game-high five assists.

Stats of the Game
19 - The victory snapped a 19-game losing streak for the Rams, who had not won a game since defeating UMass Lowell on November 29.

5 - The Rams and Dukes combined to hit five consecutive 3-pointers in the third quarter, all on alternating possessions from 3:39-1:54. During that span Wilson, Lassiter and Amari Johnson each connected for Rhode Island while both of Duquesne's threes came from Chassidy Omogrosso.

Up Next
Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center for its final home game of the season, Wednesday night versus Massachusetts. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.