Rams Fall Just Short Against Saint Louis, 70-66

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhody Starters
Ross, Moffitt, Vargas, Streeter, Jorgensen

Saint Louis Starters
Kemph, Vliet, Rakers, Frantz, Gits

How It Happened

Rhode Island battled Saint Louis, but senior Jackie Kemph took over down the stretch to help the visiting Billikens escape with a 70-66 victory Saturday afternoon.

Trailing 55-50 with less than six minutes to go, Rhode Island (3-23, 1-12 Atlantic 10) scored nine straight points to take a four-point lead with 4:46 to go. Nicole Jorgensen converted an old-fashioned three-point play, and Jalissa Ross hit a layup to tie the game. After a defensive stop, Maia Moffitt hit two free throws to give Rhody the lead, and a Jorgensen basket off a nice pass from Elemy Colome made the score 59-55.

However, Saint Louis (14-11, 8-4 A-10) responded with an 8-0 run to retake the lead. After four straight free throws by the Billikens tied the game at 59-59, Kemph took over. She scored the next six points for Saint Louis, then assisted on a basket by Maddison Gits to put the Rams in a 69-63 hole. Moffitt converted a three-point play with eight seconds left to make the score 69-66, but Rhody ran out of time and dropped its sixth straight game.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen recorded her second straight double-double with 21 points and 10. It was her sixth double-double of the season and the 11th of her career.
  • Junior Jalissa Ross scored 13 points, her sixth game in double figures this season. She also blocked a career-high five shots and grabbed seven rebounds.
  • Freshman Marta Vargas scored 16 points and had two assists.
  • Freshman Maia Moffitt had eight points, eight rebounds and two steals.
  • Saint Louis senior Jackie Kemph had 20 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals.
  • The Billikens had a 20-6 edge in points off turnovers.
  • Saint Louis was 16-of-18 at the free throw line, while Rhode Island was 15-of-23.

Stat of the Game
– Saint Louis had a 10-0 edge in fast-break points.

What's Next

Rhode Island heads to Duquesne for an afternoon game on Saturday, Feb. 17. Game time is 2 p.m.