Rhode Island Loses to VCU, 61-49

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Ross, Moffitt, Vargas, Streeter, Jorgensen

VCU Starters
Robinson, Maddox, Reed, Pashigoreva, Williams

How It Happened
Early offensive struggles doomed Rhode Island in a 61-49 loss to VCU Wednesday night.
With both teams struggling from the perimeter (combined 2-for-19 from 3-point range in the first half), it was VCU that managed to get some offense going in the first 20 minutes. Behind the play of freshman Tera Reed, VCU opened a 32-15 lead by halftime. Reed had 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor.

Freshman Maia Moffitt got the Rams going in the third quarter when she made back-to-back 3-pointers. Rhode Island outscored VCU 20-14 in the third quarter, trimming the deficit to 11 points at 46-35 entering the final period.

VCU was able to fend off any serious rally thoughts, outscoring Rhody 15-14 in the final quarter. The visiting Rams earned their first conference win of the season.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen just missed her third double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds. She was 7-of-11 from the floor and also had a career-high four steals.
  • Freshman Maia Moffitt continued to show progression, scoring 11 points. Most of her damage came from outside, as she was 3-for-5 from 3-point range.
  • After going 0-for-11 from the arc in the first half, Rhode Island was 5-for-11 after the break.
  • Rhode Island had a 14-6 edge in second-chance points.
  • VCU's bench outscored Rhode Island 27-8.

Stat of the Game
– The teams combined to shoot 2-for-19 from 3-point range in the first half. Rhode Island warmed up and was 5-of-11 in the second half, while VCU finished 3-of-13 from deep.

What's Next

Rhode Island is back at the Ryan Center for a Sunday game against George Mason at 2 p.m.