Wilson Breaks Career 3-Point Record, but Rhody Falls at VCU, 68-57

Wilson Breaks Career 3-Point Record, but Rhody Falls at VCU, 68-57

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

VCU Starters
Goodhope, Skinner, Rowser, Robinson, Thorpe

How It Happened

Charise Wilson became Rhode Island's all-time leader in 3-pointers, but Rhody could not keep up with VCU, falling 68-57 Wednesday night.

Wilson made six 3-pointers – her third game this season with at least six – but the balance of VCU (10-10, 2-5 Atlantic 10) was too much. Isis Thorpe had 15 points to lead four VCU players in double figures.

Both teams came out firing on all cylinders, as Rhody (4-14, 0-6 A-10) shot 46.7 percent from the floor (7-for-15) and VCU hit on 50 percent of its attempts (7-of-14) in the opening period. Rhody did its damage from deep, hitting four 3-pointers in the period, as Charise Wilson made two and Ednaija Lassiter and Morgan Johnson had one each.

Both offenses slowed a bit in the second quarter. After Rhody took  a 20-19 lead at the end of one, VCU outscored Rhode Island 13-9 in the second quarter to take a two point lead, 32-30, into the break.

Wilson scored the first basket of the third quarter to tie the game, but VCU went on a 13-2 run to establish a commanding lead. A jumper from Amari Johnson at the end of the period trimmed the Rhody deficit to 50-41 heading into the final quarter.

VCU opened the final quarter with an 8-0 run to essentially put the game away. For Rhode Island, it was the team's 11th consecutive loss, while VCU snapped its own three-game skid.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Charise Wilson made six 3-pointers, the final of which came with 2:40 to go. That final shot broke Rhode Island's career mark of 185 3-pointers previously held by Safi Mojidi (2004-08).
  • Wilson finished the game with 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. She moved into a tie with Ann Kelsen (1989-93) for fifth place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,347 points. 
  • It is the eighth time this season Wilson has scored at least 25 points in a game.
  • Freshman Nicole Jorgensen had six points and six rebounds off the bench before fouling out.
  • Sophomore Dina Motrechuk had seven points and three blocked shots.
  • Sophomore Jalissa Ross had six points and four rebounds, while classmate Amari Johnson added four points.
  • Rhode Island allowed just 12 second-chance points, including four in the first half. Opponents have been averaging 14.6 second-chance points per game.

Stat of the Game
Charise Wilson is Rhode Island's all-time leader with 186 3-point baskets.

What's Next

Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host Saint Louis Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m.