Offensive Struggles Hurt Rams in 50-42 Loss at La Salle

Offensive Struggles Hurt Rams in 50-42 Loss at La Salle

Rhody Starters:
Wallack, Banker, Whittaker, Lewis, Tabakman

La Salle Starters:
Beslow, Owens, Burdgess, Alston, Cropper

Rhody Leaders:

Points: Banker (12)
Rebounds: Palmer (11) 
Assists: Whittaker (4) 
Steals: Whittaker, Palmer (2)
Blocked Shots: None
Minutes Played: Banker (37)

La Salle Leaders:

Points: Owens (18)
Rebounds: Alston, Cropper (10) 
Assists: Alston (6)
Steals: Four players (1)
Blocked Shots: Burdgess (4)
Minutes Played: Cropper (38)

How it Happened:
Rhode Island (7-17, 2-9 A-10) struggled to find its shooting stroke all night in a 50-42 loss at La Salle Saturday.

The Rams shot just 20.3 percent (13-of-64) from the floor. Rhody's cold touch allowed La Salle (12-11, 7-4 A-10) to open the game on a 19-5 run. During that stretch, the Rams went more than eight minutes without a point.

Despite only making 30.9 percent of its own shots, La Salle never trailed in the game. Rhode Island was able to close within four points in the second half, but could not finish the rally. The Explorers did not make a field goal over the final 5:38 of the game, but maintained their lead to pick up their second win over URI this season.

Inside the Box Score:

  • Redshirt freshman Kallie Banker led the Rams with 12 points, her fourth straight game in double digits. All 12 of her points came in the second half.
  • Rhode Island was 2-for-14 (14.3 percent) from 3-point range.
  • La Salle's Micahya Owens led all scorers with 18 points. Alicia Cropper added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Explorers.
  • Freshman Kiara Palmer provided strong play off the bench for Rhode Island. She had seven points and a career-high 11 rebounds in 22 minutes. Palmer also had two steals.
  • Brianna Thomas had eight points and Tati Johnson added six points. The bench scored 21 points for the Rams.
  • The loss was the 45th straight on the road for Rhode Island.
  • The Rhody-La Salle matchup was the second meeting of the year between the teams. The Explorers posted a 50-44 overtime victory back on Jan. 2.

Stat of the Game:
– Rhode Island has played six games this season in which the two teams combined for less than 100 points.

What's Next:
Rhody returns to the Ryan Center for its next two games, hosting first-place Dayton on Feb. 12 and VCU on Feb. 15.