Rhode Island Holds Off New Haven, 66-61

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

Rhode Island Starters
Colome, Ross, Moffitt, Vargas, Jorgensen

New Haven Starters
DeBose, Oge, Wormack, Kerr, Pergola

How it Happened
Rhode Island used big runs in the second and third quarters to wear down New Haven en route to a 66-61 victory in an exhibition contest Sunday afternoon.

New Haven did damage at the free throw line in the first period, hitting all eight of its attempts. This helped the Chargers open a 14-11 lead after one quarter. Rhode Island was led by sophomore Marta Vargas, who hit a pair of 3-pointers to keep the Rams close.

Rhody did not get its first field goal of the second quarter until the 4:23 mark, but the Rams picked it up late in the period, using a 15-0 run to grab the lead. Nicole Jorgensen and Maia Moffitt scored back-to-back baskets to pull Rhody within 19-15 and force a New Haven timeout. Jorgensen drew a foul and made one free throw to make it a three-point game, and a Jalissa Ross layup made the score 19-18. Vargas hit a 3-pointer at 2:10 to give the Rams a 21-19 lead. A Moffitt 3-pointer and a pair of Gabrielle Green free throws extended the lead to 26-19. New Haven hit a pair of layups in the final 20 seconds of the half to trim the Rhody lead to 26-23 at the break.

Both teams had the offense clicking early in the third, with both sides scoring 10 points in the opening four minutes of the period. However, Rhode Island ended the quarter on a 17-3 run to open a 16-point lead. Rhode Island shot 5-of-9 from 3-point range in the quarter to help take control of the game.

New Haven got the lead down to 10 points following a 3-pointer by Camryn DeBose with just under eight minutes to go. The Chargers eventually got it to a four-point game at 61-57 following a jumper by Alliyeah Cubbage with less than three minutes to go, but Rhode Island never relinquished its lead.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Jalissa Ross controlled the boards, grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds while adding 13 points for the double-double. Ross also had five assists and two blocked shots.
  • Sophomore Marta Vargas led all scorers with 18 points. She was 4-for-7 from 3-point range and added four assists.
  • Sophomore Maia Moffitt was the third player in double digits, scoring 13 points. She added six steals and five rebounds.
  • Redshirt sophomore Gabrielle Green provided a boost off the bench, scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds in 13 minutes.
  • Junior Nicole Jorgensen finished with eight points and four rebounds. Her 3-pointer from the corner in the final minute sealed the win.
  • After making 4-of-14 from 3-point range in the first half, Rhode Island was 6-for-11 in the second half.
  • Rhode Island's bench outscored New Haven's bench, 9-4.
  • The Rams forced New Haven to commit 19 turnovers, which led to 21 points.   
  • After making 8-of-8 free throws in the first quarter, New Haven had just five attempts at the line the rest of the way. The Chargers were 13-for-13 at the line.

Up Next
The Rams officially open the season Thursday, Nov. 8 when they host Boston College. Game time is 7 p.m.