Rhode Island Falls to Massachusetts 87-50 in Regular Season Finale

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhode Island Starters
Ross, Moffitt, Vargas, Streeter, Jorgensen

Massachusetts Starters
Mulligan, Hampton-Bey, McCormick, Leidel, McDerment

How it Happened
Rhode Island closed out the regular season with a 87-50 loss at Massachusetts Saturday afternoon.

The Minutewomen (14-15, 6-10 A-10) had a 7-0 start before Abby Streeter hit a 3-pointer to get the Rams on the board at the 7:04 mark. Rhode Island (3-26, 1-15 A-10) trailed 25-16 at the end of the first quarter after a 3-pointer by Massachusetts' Genesis Rivera.

After going 28.6 percent from the field in the first, Rhode Island shot an improved 50.0 percent from the floor in the second quarter. That would be their best quarter performance of the afternoon. Rhody cut the UMass lead to 10 (37-27) after scoring nine points, including four from Dina Motrechuk with 6:23 remaining in the period. Hailey Leidel answered with five points of her own to push the Massachusetts lead to 42-27 with 3:58 on the clock. The Massachusetts advantage extended to 16 after Maggie Mulligan made 1-of-2 at the charity stripe before time expired of the period. The Rams went into the break down 49-32.

Massachusetts outscored Rhode Island 21-13 in the third quarter to go up 70-45. In the fourth, the Minutewomen held the Rams without a field goal until Marta Vargas broke through with a jumper at 2:04 (83-47). Maia Moffitt hit a 3-pointer on the next possession, making the score 83-50 with 1:38 remaining to play. The Rams took the eventual loss as time expired, falling to 3-26 on the season.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Marta Vargas was the lone Ram to score in double digits, adding 10 to go along with three rebounds and two assists.
  • Freshman Maia Moffitt had a career-high five steals.
  • Massachusetts held sophomore Nicole Jorgensen - Rhode Island's leading scorer - to just eight points. She was averaging 15.3 points per game.
  • Massachusetts' Hailey Leidel had a game-high 25 points.
  • Rhode Island committed 18 turnovers. The Minutewomen scored 19 points off of those miscues.
  • Massachusetts had a 44-12 advantage in points scored in the paint.

Up Next
The Rams return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship. Rhode Island will enter the tournament as the #14 seed and travel to face the #3 seed, which will be determined following the conclusion of today's conference games.