Colome, Ross, Vargas, Oberg, Motrechuk
Jacksonville State Starters
Patterson, Perry, Morrison, Phelion, Magruder
How It Happened
Jacksonville State's Gretchen Morrison made nine 3-pointers and scored 28 points to lead the Gamecocks to a 63-53 victory over Rhode Island Monday night.
Jacksonville State (3-1) opened up an early 9-2 lead with a run keyed by a pair of Morrison 3-pointers. Rhode Island (1-3) started 1-of-10 from the floor until an Abby Streeter layup got the Rams back on the board. The Gamecocks extended the lead to 10 points on a Morrison 3-pointer and a jumper from Leah Strain, but Rhody's Elemy Colome keyed a 7-0 run by scoring five points during the spurt to pull Rhode Island within three at 14-11. Jacksonville State hit the final basket of the quarter to go up five after one period.
The Gamecock lead hovered between seven and nine points for much of the second quarter. Rhode Island scored the final four points of the half to trim the deficit to 29-24 before the break.
Rhode Island closed within three points in the opening minute of the third quarter when Colome hit a shot just 12 seconds into the half. That was as close as the Rams got the rest of the way. Jacksonville State pushed the lead to 15 points late in the third quarter.
A Streeter 3-pointer cut the lead back to five points at 51-46 with 4:28 remaining. Dina Motrechuk got the Rams within 52-48 with 3:17 remaining, but Morrison's ninth 3-point basket of the night put the Gamecocks back up by seven. Jacksonville State held on for the win from there.
Inside the Box Score
- Freshman Marta Vargas led Rhode Island with 13 points. She also had four rebounds and two assists.
- Redshirt sophomore Elemy Colome and freshman Abby Streeter each added nine points for the Rams.
- Streeter had five of the team's 11 steals.
- Redshirt sophomore Laura Perez made her first appearance of the season and played a career-best 21 minutes. She scored four points to go with three rebounds and one assist.
- Freshman Kasey Gagan had two points, two rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in nine minutes off the bench.
Rhode Island plays at Dartmouth on Friday, Nov. 24. Game time is 4 p.m.