Rhode Island Falters in Second Half, Loses at Richmond, 67-51

Rhode Island Falters in Second Half, Loses at Richmond, 67-51

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

Richmond Starters
Murphee, Hubbard, Wiseman, Parson, Hudalla

How It Happened

After a tightly contested first half, Rhode Island's offense stalled in the final two quarters of a 67-51 loss at Richmond Sunday afternoon.

Rhode Island (4-19, 0-11 A-10) scored the three points of the second half to make it a three-point contest. From there, Richmond (11-13, 5-6 A-10) took control, thanks to a 12-0 run that established a double-digit lead the Spiders never relinquished.

Rhode Island got off to a strong start with its perimeter shooting, as Dominique Ward hit a pair of 3-pointers and Morgan Johnson added one of her own to get the Rams out to a 9-6 lead. However, Richmond responded with an 8-0 run. A Nicole Jorgensen layup with three seconds remaining made it 14-11 Richmond after one quarter.

The second quarter featured more back-and-forth action. Led by guard Janelle Hubbard's nine points in the quarter, Richmond extended its lead to 30-24 at the break. Ward scored five points in the period to keep the Rams close.

Richmond took control in the third quarter. After a 3-pointer by Johnson pulled Rhode Island within 30-27, the Spiders went on a 12-0 run to push their lead to 15 points. The Rams cut the deficit to 10 points, but did not get it back to single digits the rest of the way.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Dominique Ward matched her season high with 13 points to go with eight rebounds.
  • Ward also had a career-best five steals. 
  • Junior Morgan Johnson scored a team-high 14 points after hitting four 3-pointers.
  • Sophomore Dina Motrechuk blocked three shots, moving into fifth place in program history with 66 for her career. Motrechuk passed Rebecca Bright (63 from 1991-95) Lindsay Harris (64 from 2006-10). She is now tied with Whitney Hollis (2004-08). 
  • Sophomore Josie Chaves had three rebounds and three assists in 13 minutes off the bench.
  • Freshman Ednaija Lassiter had seven points, four steals, two rebounds and one assist.
  • Richmond's Janelle Hubbard led all scorers with 25 points.
  • The Spiders scored 30 points off turnovers, compared to 20 for Rhode Island.
  • Richmond also had a 19-5 advantage in second-chance points.

Stat of the Game
– With 22 turnovers, Rhode Island had 20 or more in a game for the eighth time this season. It also was the eighth straight contest with at least 14 miscues.

What's Next

Rhode Island is back at the Ryan Center to host George Washington Wednesday, Feb. 8. Game time is set for 7 p.m.