Rhody Can't Keep Up With Hartford, Falls 65-51

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

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

Hartford Starters
DaCosta, Young, Abed, Awobajo, Douglass

How it Happened
Despite a late fourth quarter rally, the Rams fell to Hartford 65-51 in the Ryan Center Tuesday night.

Rhody (5-5) found itself down four late in the first quarter, but Abby Streeter was able to get the Rams within one (13-12) at the 2:50 mark. The Rams finished the first quarter down 15-12.

Twelve minutes into the game, Rhody had just two players who had scored, as Streeter and Nicole Jorgensen each had six. The Hawks used a 13-4 run in the second to get a comfortable lead of 28-16. Although the Hawks (5-5) shot just 28.6% from the field in the period, they went into the locker room with a 10-point lead (28-18).

The Rams came out of the break and used back-to-back 3-pointer's by Elemy Colome and Maia Moffitt to help chip away at the Hartford lead (39-27). A layup by Davida Dale got the Rams within 10, but the Hawks answered with a 3-pointer to maintain the 43-29 advantage at the 4:08 mark of the quarter. Rhody then used a 6-2 run backed by 3-pointers from Dale and Streeter and a pair of good free throws from Jalissa Ross to get within seven (45-38) and ended the third down 47-38.

In the fourth, a Jorgensen layup followed by a Colome jumper got the Rams within six, but Hartford answered with a layup of its own to keep their 56-48 lead with 3:12 remaining.

A 3-pointer by Colome put the Rams within five (56-51) at the 2:02 mark, but that was the closest they could get, as a classic three-point play by Hartford's Ella Awobajo kept the Hawks out of reach. A pair of good trips to the charity stripe by Kelly Douglass and Lindsey Abed in the final minute followed by a last-second layup by Abed sealed the 65-51 victory for the Hawks.

Inside the Box Score

  • Redshirt junior Elemy Colome led Rhode Island with 12 points on the night. She also added five rebounds and a pair of assists.
  • Junior Nicole Jorgensen also scored in double figures, finishing the game with 11 points, five boards and one block before fouling out for the third time this season.
  • Redshirt junior Davida Dale registered nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal. 
  • Junior Abby Streeter also scored nine points, all of which came from behind the arc.
  • Senior Jalissa Ross dished out a game- and career-high seven assists, while also contributing six points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. 
  • Redshirt sophomore Meghan Oberg pulled down seven rebounds.
  • Rhode Island committed 23 turnovers, which led directly to 26 points for the Hawks.
  • Hartford's starters accounted for 62 of the team's 65 points. 
  • The Hawks held a 14-6 advantage in steals, but blocked just one shot to URI's four.

Up Next
The Rams are back in action Saturday, Dec. 22 at Minnesota.