Rhode Island Can't Keep Up With Kansas, Drops Fourth Straight, 72-36

Rhode Island Can't Keep Up With Kansas, Drops Fourth Straight, 72-36

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

Kansas Starters
Lott, Washington, O'Neal, Cheadle, Kopatich

How It Happened

Rhode Island could not keep Kansas off the boards as it fell at Kansas, 72-36, Sunday afternoon. While the Rams (4-7) showed solid defense on initial shot attempts, Rhody gave up 23 offensive rebounds to Kansas (4-5). The Jayhawks turned the 23 offensive boards into 26 second-chance points, using second and third opportunities to put the game away.

Rhode Island's defense was strong early, holding Kansas to 2-for-12 from the floor in the first quarter. The effort helped the Rams to a 7-6 lead after one quarter, as junior Tyler Raysor had four points and two rebounds in the period.

From there, it was all Kansas. The Jayhawks used aquick 9-0 run over a span of 1:34 in the second quarter to build a 20-12 lead. The spurt was highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Kylee Kopatich, who hit three treys in the quarter as the Jayhawks went into the break up 36-17.

Both sides struggled out of the gates in the third quarter, combining to start the period 4-for-17 from the floor. The Jayhawks were able to extend their advantage to 24 points, 54-30, heading into the final period. Kansas continued to pull away in the final period, as the Rams scored just two points in the first 5:48 of the fourth.

For Rhode Island, it was the team's fourth straight loss. Kansas snapped a three-game losing streak of its own.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Tyler Raysor scored a career-high eight points and had five rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench.
  • Sophomore Jalissa Ross had a season-high seven rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
  • Junior Charise Wilson was the lone Ram in double figures, scoring 12 points. She also had four points and three assists.
  • Junior Morgan Johnson matched her career high with five rebounds and added one block.
  • The six points for Kansas in the first quarter was the fewest by any opponent in a quarter this season. 
  • The 30 points for Kansas in the second quarter was the second most by an opponent this season, behind only the 39-point fourth quarter by Syracuse in the season opener.
  • Of the 52 total rebounds for Kansas, 23 were on the offensive end of the floor.
  • Kansas had a 19-0 edge in fast break point, a 26-4 advantage in second chance points and a 24-10 advantage in points off turnovers.

Stat of the Game
– Rhode Island turned the ball over on 27.5 percent of its 69 possessions.

What's Next

Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host Dartmouth Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. in its final non-conference game of the regular season. The game is part of a doubleheader with the men's team, which hosts Holy Cross at 12:30 p.m.