LISBON, PORTUGAL - In the second game of its foreign tour, Rhode Island came up short to split the series against the Lisbon All-Stars. The same club team of members from Clubs Benfica, Beleneses, Alges, Quinta dos Lombos, Barreiro - plus an additional few elite players - battled with the Rams to come out on top 81-73.
Rhody was up 22-19 after the first quarter and a 3-pointer by Laura Perez started a 10-5 run to give the Rams an eight point lead in the second period. In that run, Davida Dale, Jalissa Ross, Dina Motrechuk, and Abby Streeter all put up points for Rhody. Dale also added two steals during the spurt. However the All-Stars answered with a run of their own to go into the half up, 34-32 at the half.
After some technical difficulties during halftime, the teams had to continue the game without a working scoreboard. The back and forth play continued in the third quarter. Rhode Island led by as much as six (43-37) after a Nicole Jorgensen layup assisted by Elemy Colome, but back-to-back scoring possessions put the All-Stars up five. A Motrechuk basket from Dale cut the All-Star lead to three at the end of the third (56-53).
The fourth quarter was a back and forth battle, with neither team holding more than a four-point lead for most of the period. But in the final minutes the All-Stars gained momentum and took the eventual victory of 81-73.
"A loss in August is not a loss for this team," head coach Daynia La-Force said. "In today's matchup we won the opportunity to learn more about ourselves and our resiliency. There were a lot of moments in the game where we showed growth and discipline. I am proud of the challenge we faced today and the effort we are putting in to becoming a family both on and off the court."
The Rams continue their foreign tour as they travel to Spain to face the Barcelona All-Stars on Friday, August 17.