Colome, Ross, Wilson, Vargas, Motrechuk
Nichols, Brown, Williams, Crozier, Fitzgerald
How It Happened
Samford's Hannah Nichols poured in 29 points to lead the host Bulldogs to a 67-37 victory over Rhode Island Friday night.
Samford (1-2) opened the game with a 10-3 run that was keyed by a pair of 3-point baskets by Hannah Nichols. After a timeout by Rhode Island (1-2), Dina Motrechuk hit a 3-pointer for the Rams. That started a 10-2 run for the Rams to close out the first quarter. A Meghan Oberg 3-pointer put Rhode Island ahead 13-12 at the end of one period.
From there, the game fell apart for Rhode Island. The Rams struggled from the floor in the second quarter, making just one of its first 10 field goal attempts. This allowed Samford to go on a 10-2 run and open up a 22-15 lead. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Nichols' 3-pointer extended the lead to 30-17. By the time the quarter ended, Nichols had 17 points and Samford led by 18, 37-19.
The Bulldogs extended the lead to 24 points early in the third quarter. After Rhode Island scored the first five points of the period to cut the lead to 37-24, Samford scored 19 unanswered points to pull ahead, 56-24. A pair of Jalissa Ross free throws finally ended the run, but the Rams entered the final quarter trailing by 30 points, 58-28.
Rhode Island was unable to get the lead under 30 points in the final quarter as Samford coasted to the victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Dina Motrechuk was the lone Ram in double digits. She scored 13 points, blocked three shots and had three rebounds.
- Junior Jalissa Ross added seven points and four rebounds.
- Redshirt freshman Meghan Oberg had five points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
- Senior Charise Wilson set a program record with 38 points against Samford last season. Friday night, she was held to one point.
- Rhode Island scored 13 points in the first quarter, and did not have more than nine points in any subsequent period.
- Rhode Island shot just 22.4 percent (13-for-58) for the night, including 3-for-20 from beyond the arc.
- Samford's Hannah Nichols was 10-for-13 from the floor, including 7-for-9 from 3-point range.
Stat of the Game
29 – Samford's Hannah Nichols scored 29 points in just 23 minutes on the floor.
Rhode Island will stay south for a few more days and play at Jacksonville State Monday night. Game time is 7 p.m.