Ross, Wilson, M. Johnson, Ward, Jorgense
Saint Joseph's Starters
Rule, Monaghan, Garner, Franklyn, Fioravanti
How It Happened
No. 14 Rhode Island's season ended in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship with a 77-51 loss at No. 3 Saint Joseph's Saturday afternoon.
Saint Joseph's (16-13) scored the first six points of the game and never relinquished the lead. Forward Adashia Franklyn led the Hawks with 23 points, while Chelsea Woods added 17 points off the bench. Saint Joseph's – which scored 32 points in the paint and outrebounded Rhody 42-31 – also got double-digit scoring from Alyssa Monaghan. She finished with 13 points.
After the Hawks took a 15-point lead early in the third, Rhode Island (6-23) made things interesting by cutting the deficit to eight points following a layup by Amari Johnson. However, Saint Joseph's ended the quarter on a 13-3 run to head into the final period with an 18-point advantage.
The Hawks coasted from there to grab the win and advance to the quarterfinals of the A-10 championship. They will play La Salle, which defeated St. Bonaventure 73-70 Saturday.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Charise Wilson scored a team-high 13 points and added three steals for the Rams.
- Wilson ended the season with an average of 19.1 points per game, the second best individual season average in program history.
- Sophomores Jalissa Ross and Dina Motrechuk each added 12 points for the Rams.
- Motrechuk also had eight rebounds and blocked three shots. She ended the season with 68, the third highest single-season total in team history.
- Rhode Island blocked five shots as a team and ended the year with a 163, a new program record.
- Sophomore Amari Johnson scored nine points off the bench.
Stat of the Game
19 – Saint Joseph's scored 19 points off turnovers, compared to four for Rhode Island.