Lassiter, Ross, Perez, Vargas, Streeter
Nogic, Jackson, Jolin, Franklin, Frias
How it Happened
Rhode Island (1-6) could not get on track offensively as it lost 65-41 to Providence in the consolation game of the Ocean State Tip-Off Sunday afternoon.
Rhode Island started slowly on offense, scoring just three points over the first 6:17 as Providence built an 11-3 lead. A layup from Nicole Jorgensen at 3:43 of the quarter – Rhody's first shot inside the arc – ended the drought and started an 8-2 run for the Rams that cut the deficit to 13-11. The Friars ended the quarter with a 4-0 spurt, pushing the lead back to six points after one period.
Jalissa Ross scored five points in the opening minute of the second quarter to get the Rams within four points. However, Providence (6-3) responded with a 13-2 run. Rhode Island was held to two points over a span of 8:24. Jorgensen scored four points in the final 32 seconds of the half, but Rhode Island went into the break down 35-22.
Marta Vargas opened the second half with a 3-pointer to cut the Providence lead to 10 points. That was as close as Rhode Island got. The Friars held the Rams to eight points in the quarter, slowly extending the lead to 17 points at 47-30 by the end of the quarter. The lead got as high as 26 points as Providence cruised down the stretch, handing Rhody its sixth straight loss.
Inside the Box Score
- Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen led Rhode Island with 14 points. No other player had more than five points.
- Redshirt junior Laura Perez made her first career start. She had three points and three rebounds.
- Sophomore Ednaija Lassiter had a team-high six rebounds. She added a career-best three blocked shots.
- Rhode Island was 4-of-15 from 3-point range in the first half and finished 7-of-27 from the arc.
- The teams combined to attempt just five free throws. Providence was 1-for-3 at the line. Rhode Island's first free throws of the game came at 6:21 of the fourth quarter, when Nicole Jorgensen hit two from the line.
- Providence scored 25 points off of 21 Rhode Island turnovers.
- The Friars had nine steals, compared to none for the Rams.
Stat of the Game
11 - Over the two-day tournament, Rhode Island scored 11 points or less in six out of eight quarters.
Rhode Island travels to Marist for a game Wednesday, Dec. 6. Game time is 5 p.m.