Holy Cross Holds Off Rams, 69-63

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Lassiter, Colome, Ross, Streeter, Jorgensen

Holy Cross Starters
Byrne, Thomas-Waheed, Faulkner, Doherty, Manis

How It Happened

A fast start was not enough for Rhode Island, as the Rams fell 69-63 to Holy Cross Sunday afternoon.

Rhode Island (2-9) opened the game with its strongest quarter of the season, building an 18-9 lead after one period. Freshman Abby Streeter and sophomore Nicole Jorgensen combined for 11 of Rhody's points. On the defensive end, the Rams held Holy Cross to just 28.7 percent from the floor.

The Crusaders came back in the second quarter. After hitting just 1-for-7 from 3-point range in the opening period, Holy Cross was 3-for-7 in the second quarter. That helped open the floor for forward Lauren Manis, who scored five points in the period. After Rhode Island led by as many 10, Holy Cross managed to tie the score on a Manis layup with 56 seconds left in the half. Freshman Marta Vargas made two free throws with 27 seconds on the clock to send Rhody into the break up 30-28.

Holy Cross (5-5) limited the Rams to seven points in the third quarter. Thomas-Waheed scored seven by herself and Manis added four as the Crusaders built a 43-37 lead going to the final period.

The lead grew to as many as 10 points before Rhode Island began to chip away. Jorgensen scored four straight points to pull the Rams within 51-47 with 6:25 to go. That was as close as the score got the rest of the way as Holy Cross held on for the victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • In total, 10 different players scored points for the Rams.
  • Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen led the way with team-high 11 points and seven rebounds. She also blocked one shot and had one of URI's five assists on the afternoon.
  • Freshman Abby Streeter also scored in double figures, finishing with 10 points and three rebounds for the Rams.
  • Freshman Maia Moffitt set new career highs in minutes played (27), points scored (7) and rebounds (7). She also had one steal and one assist.
  • Sophomore Ednaija Lassiter grabbed six rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked one shot.
  • Junior Jalissa Ross had nine points - seven of which came from the free-throw line.
  • Redshirt freshman Meghan Oberg scored eight points with four rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 15 minutes. 
  • Holy Cross held a 42-32 rebounding advantage and committed just nine turnovers to Rhody's 20.
  • The Crusaders outscored the Rams in the paint by a 36-28 margin.

Stat of the Game
– Holy Cross scored 23 points off of 20 Rhode Island turnovers.

What's Next

Rhode Island heads to Penn for a game on Friday, Dec. 22. Game time is set for 1 p.m.