Rams Suffer Loss in First Meeting with Penn

Rams Suffer Loss in First Meeting with Penn

Rhody Starters
Ross, Wilson, M. Johnson, Ward, Motrechuk

Penn Starters
Ross, Chambers, Stipanovich, Whitlatch, Nwokedi

How It Happened
Rhode Island (1-3) could not stop Penn's Lauren Whitlach, as the guard poured in 24 points to lead the Quakers to a 75-43 victory in the Ryan Center Friday night.

After falling behind by double digits less than four minutes into the game, the Rams forged a rally to pull within 27-24 on a free throw by Dina Motrechuk midway through the second quarter, but Penn (1-2) Penn ended the half on a 10-2 run to take an 11-point lead into the break.

Junior Morgan Johnson hit a 3-pointer just 21 seconds into the second half to trim the lead back to eight points, but a 9-2 run for Penn pushed the deficit back to 15 points, and Rhode Island never got the lead back to single digits the rest of the way.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Dina Motrechuk scored the first six points of the night for the Rams and finished with a career-high 17 points. She added five rebounds and a career-best four blocked shots.
  • Sophomore Jalissa Ross had eight points, but no other Rams had more than five on the night.
  • Rhode Island had 13 steals, but committed 22 turnovers.
  • Penn had a 26-11 advantage in points off turnovers.
  • Penn also scored 22 second-chance points, as the Quakers had 21 offensive rebounds.
  • The Rams were 3-for-10 at the free throw line. Over the last two games, Rhody is 7-for-30 at the stripe.
  • Penn made nine 3-pointers, six of which came from Lauren Whitlatch. 
  • Sydney Stipanovich had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Quakers, while Michelle Nwokedi added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Stat of the Game
– Rhode Island was forced into committing 22 turnovers. It was the third time in four games the Rams have committed at least 22 turnovers.

What's Next
Rhode Island is back at home Sunday to host Samford. Game time is 2 p.m.