Rhode Island Starters
Colome, Moffitt, Streeter, Jorgensen, Oberg
Southern Connecticut Starters
Steinauer, Murphy, Decker, Hurlbert, Williams
How it Happened
Rhode Island (2-11) could not fend off a second-half surge by Southern Connecticut (10-3), falling to the Division II Owls 62-57 Thursday afternoon at the Ryan Center.
After a first half that featured three ties and three lead changes - and ended with Rhode Island on top 32-28 - the teams returned from the break and struggled to regain the pace. Neither the Rams nor the Owls made a field goal for the first three and a half minutes. A layup by SCSU's Miranda Crenshaw got SCSU within three at 34-31, but Rhody responded with an 11-5 run to take its largest lead of the game (nine points) at 45-36. The Owls outscored the Rams 9-5 over the next three minutes however, and a buzzer-beating basket by Maddie Brown cut the SCSU deficit to five by the end of the third quarter.
Southern Connecticut continued to chip away in the fourth quarter, eventually reclaiming the lead on a Kiana Steinauer layup that made it a 53-52 game with 5:21 remaining. The Rams managed to tie the score at 53-53 and 55-55 - both times on free throws by Jalissa Ross - but were held without a field goal for the final 13:37 of the game.
Inside the Box Score
- Southern Connecticut held the advantage in steals (7-1), blocked shots (4-3) and assists (10-6). The Owls also forced the Rams into 17 turnovers, while committing just nine of their own, and were an impressive 15-for-16 (93.8 percent) from the free throw line.
- For the third time in the last four games, URI had three players score in double figures. Redshirt sophomore Elemy Colome finished with 12 points while freshman Abby Streeter and junior Jalissa Ross each added 11 points.
- Colome added five rebounds and two assists while Ross had three boards, one steal and one assist. Streeter also had three rebounds.
- Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, six of which came on the offensive glass. She also added seven points and one blocked shot for the Rams.
- Redshirt freshman Meghan Oberg finished with seven rebounds while sophomore Ednaija Lassiter had six. Both players also had one assist.
Stat of the Game
32 - Rhode Island's 32 first-half points were the most the Rams scored through the opening periods since putting up 39 points in the season-opener against UMass Lowell.
The Rams return to action on Sunday afternoon when they return to the Ryan Center to open Atlantic 10 play against Richmond. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.