Rams Can't Keep Up With Michigan State, Fall 82-38

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhode Island Starters
Lassiter, Ross, Vargas, Jorgensen, Oberg

Michigan State Starters
Colley, Cooks, McCutcheon, Gusset, Reimer

How it Happened
Rhode Island (1-8) shot a season-low 23.9 percent, connecting on just 11-of-46 field goal attempts, in an 82-38 loss at Michigan State Saturday afternoon. The Spartans (6-3) set the tone early on, leading by as many as 12 points (22-10) in the first quarter and never letting the Rams back within double digits.

URI held MSU without a field goal for a span of nearly six minutes in the second quarter, but the Rams were unable to capitalize on the Spartans' scoring drought as they went 1-for-11 with four turnovers during the stretch. Michigan State limited Rhody to just one layup through the remainder of the half, as Taryn McCutcheon drained her third 3-ball of the afternoon to send the Spartans into halftime with a 40-18 lead.

Michigan State scored the first four points after the break, pushing it's advantage to 44-18. A minute later, after a block by Nicole Jorgensen, Jalissa Ross connected on a jumper and Abby Streeter followed with a make from the perimeter to cut the deficit to 21 (44-23). The Rams finished with 17 points in the quarter - their most productive period of the game - but followed with a three-point effort in the fourth as Michigan State eased its way to the 82-38 win.

Inside the Box Score

  • Thirteen of Rhody's 38 points came from the free-throw line, as the Rams missed just one attempt from the charity stripe.
  • The Rams made a season-low 11 field goals in the loss as no player made more than two shots on the afternoon.
  • Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen was URI's leading scorer with eight points. She was 1-of-6 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
  • Freshman Abby Streeter scored seven points in 25 minutes off the bench, followed by redshirt freshman Meghan Oberg, who registered six points in 25 minutes as a starter.
  • Junior Jalissa Ross led Rhody in rebounding with five boards. Oberg was next, with four - three of which came on the offensive glass.
  • Freshman Marta Vargas recorded a team-high three steals, but also led Rhode Island in turnovers, with six.
  • For the game, the Rams turned the ball over 30 times and combined for just six assists.
  • URI's 30 turnovers led directly to 30 Michigan State points.
  • The Spartans out-rebounded the Rams 39-29, out-scored Rhody in the paint 36-10, and held a 20-2 advantage in fast-break points.
  • MSU also finished with 21 assists, compared to URI's six.
  • Four players scored in double figures for Michigan State: Sidney Cooks (17), Shay Colley (14), Taya Reimer (13) and Taryn McCutcheon (13).

Stats of the Game

  • 3 - The Rams combined for just three points in the fourth quarter, their lowest-scoring period since NCAA women's basketball began playing quarters in 2015-16.
  • 1 - Rhode Island made just one field goal during the final period, a layup by Dina Motrechuk with 00:47 remaining in the game.

Up Next
The Rams return home to host Fairfield on Monday night.