Rams Fall to UMass on Buzzer-Beater, 61-59

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Vargas, Streeter, Moffitt, Ross, Jorgensen

Massachusetts Starters
McDerment, Leidel, George, Hampton-Bey, Mulligan

How It Happened
A buzzer-beating finish saw Massachusetts come away with a 61-59 win over Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon.

With just 16 seconds remaining in the game, Massachusetts would make one of two free throws and trail 59-58. The Minutewomen on the following possession would force a turnover, get fouled, and make one of two at the line again to tie it at 59. Massachusetts would get another steal on defense with just seconds to go, and a half court pass to Hailey Leidel would setup the game-winning layup.

Rhode Island (3-19, 1-8 A-10) got off to a slow shooting in the first quarter, but eight consecutive points from Nicole Jorgensen put the Rams ahead 13-11 with 1:24 remaining. Abby Streeter then hit a 3-pointer on the following possession and Rhode Island would lead 16-14 into the first quarter break.

Massachusetts (10-11, 2-6 A-10) would have the slight edge in the second quarter outscoring the Rams 12-11. Rhode Island regained the lead with a Meghan Oberg offensive rebound and made layup, followed by a Dina Motrechuk floater in the paint with 33 seconds left (28-25). UMass however would score as time expired and the Rams took a 28-27 lead into halftime.

At the 6:01 mark of the third quarter, the Minutewomen would get their largest lead of the game to that point behind a Leidel 3-pointer (38-33). A Jalissa Ross make from beyond the arc capped off a 9-0 run immediately to put Rhode Island up 42-38 at 2:41. The Rams held onto the lead for the remainder of the third quarter and for most of the fourth until the game-winning layup by Massachusetts.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen registered her fifth double-double of the season scored behind 22 points and 11 rebounds. She shot 10-of-23 from the field.
  • Freshman Marta Vargas finished with 11 points and shot 3-for-6 from the three-point line. She added two rebounds and two assists.
  • Redshirt sophomore Elemy Colome scored seven points along with four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
  • Sophomore Ednaija Lassiter finished with seven points in 15 minutes off the bench.
  • Junior Jalissa Ross scored five points, reeled in five rebounds and blocked three shots off the bench.
  • Rhode Island pulled in 20 offensive rebounds - their second most this season (22 against Southern Connecticut on Dec. 28).

Stat of the Game
- Rhode Island committed a season-low 14 turnovers. The Rams previous low was 15 in a game at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 17.

What's Next
Rhode Island is back at the Ryan Center to host Davidson on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Game time is set for 11:00 a.m.