Rhode Island Edges NYIT, 77-76, in Preseason Exhibition

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

Rhody Starters
Wilson, Colome, Vargas, Oberg, Motrechuk

NYIT Starters
Hood, Tripptree, Vukosavljevic, Baggs, Place

How it Happened
A sluggish start to the game for Rhode Island found them down by seven at the conclusion of the first period. Rhode Island bigs junior Dina Motrechuk and freshman Meghan Oberg would lead a strong second period that saw the Rams outscore NYIT 20-7, and up by six at the half. Motrechuk and Oberg combined to score half of the Rams' 32 first half points.

A strong defensive effort by the Rams helped extend their lead to 16 after three periods and as much as 19 early in the fourth. What looked to be an inevitable blowout win for Rhode Island would be turned down when NYIT stormed back with a 37 point fourth quarter. With just 12 seconds remaining in regulation and down by two, senior Charise Wilson scored a layup through traffic inside the paint, earning a foul and converting the free throw to give Rhode Island a crucial one point lead. The Rams stingy defense stopped NYIT's final shot of the game on the following possession, leading the Rams to a final score of 77-76.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen led all Rhode Island players with 11 points in just 10 minutes off the bench. The Quincy, Mass. native shot 5-of-9 from the floor.
  • Motrechuk scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists and blocked four shots. 
  • Sophomore Elemy Colome scored in double-figures with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting and 2-of-4 from three-point range.
  • The Rhode Island bench finished with 35 points. Freshman Gabrielle Green finished with 10 points in her Rhody debut off the bench. 
  • Rhode Island shot an efficient 45% from the field offensively, while their defense held NYIT to just 33% shooting. 
  • The Rams were forced to commit 21 turnovers which led to 16 points off those turnovers.
  • Rhode Island outsocred NYIT's bench 35-9.

Stat of the Game
6 - Six players for Rhode Island scored eight or more points in a balanced scoring attack.

What's Next
Rhode Island officially opens their season this Friday afternoon at home when it hosts UMass Lowell. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.