Rhode Island Starters
Colome, Moffitt, Streeter, Jorgensen, Oberg
Pitts, T. Bello, Brunson, Bell, Lamke
How it Happened
Rhode Island could not stop the Golden Gopher offense, as Minnesota had four players score in double figures en route to its 91-71 victory over the Rams Saturday afternoon.
Rhody (5-6) found themselves down 15-8 with 1:23 left in the first quarter, but thanks to a successful three-point trip to the free throw line by Erin Jones and baskets from Marta Vargas and Nicole Jorgensen, the Rams were able to end the period down 17-15.
The Golden Gopher offense exploded in the second, as they built their lead to as many as 19 points (36-17) and held the Rams to just one field goal in the first 6:15 of the period. Rhody then went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the final three minutes of the half to cut the Minnesota advantage to 12 heading into the break (42-30).
Minnesota (11-0) was able to build its lead to 19 once again coming out of the locker room, but Vargas scored eight of the Rams' 13 points in the final three minutes of the third to end the quarter down 67-52.
The Golden Gophers continued to dominate in the final 10 minutes of play, scoring 24 points to cruise to their 91-71 victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Redshirt junior Elemy Colome had a team-high 21 points. She added six rebounds, six assists, and four steals.
- Sophomore Marta Vargas added 15 points on 6-of-9 from the floor.
- Junior Nicole Jorgensen was the third Ram to score in double figures with 10 points. She added six rebounds in 20 minutes before fouling out.
- Redshirt junior Erin Jones had a career-high eight points. She grabbed three rebounds and two steals.
- Minnesota's Kenisha Bell had a game-high 28 points.
- Rhody's bench outscored Minnesota 33-12.
- The Golden Gophers held the advantage in points off turnovers (25-19), points in the paint (34-32), rebounds (40-27), second chance points (10-3), and fast break points (19-12).
- Minnesota had 40 free throw attempts to Rhode Island's 16.
- Redshirt sophomore Meghan Oberg and sophomore Abby Streeter made their first starts of the season.
The Rams return home to host Harvard on Dec. 28 for Girl Scout Day. Game time is for 2:00 p.m.