Rams Drop Battle with George Washington, 64-59

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

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

George Washington Starters
Mahoney, Savino, Bautista, Loder, Luma

How it Happened
Rhode Island battled with George Washington for three periods until a fourth-quarter rally by the Colonials doomed the Rams as they fell 64-59.

The Rams (6-8, 1-1 A-10) kept it close throughout the first half of play. A 3-pointer by Marta Vargas gave the Rams a 30-28 lead with one minute remaining of the second but a successful trip to the free-throw line by GW's Kelsi Mahoney tied it at 30 going into the break.

In the third, George Washington (4-11, 1-1 A-10) made back-to-back 3-pointers to build a 40-36 lead at the 7:57 mark. A strong Rhody defense forced four consecutive turnovers and the Rams were able to capitalize by scoring on those miscues behind baskets from Jalissa Ross and Elemy Colome to make it 44-40 with 2:28 remaining in the period.

However, the Colonials extended their advantage to as many as 10 points in the fourth. The Rams rallied and cut the lead to two with two minutes to play after a 3-ball from Vargas, but GW was able to put the game away after two successful trips to the free-throw line.

Inside the Box Score

  • Redshirt junior Elemy Colome led the Rams with 14 points on the night. She also recorded six rebounds, two assists and one steal.
  • Junior Nicole Jorgensen was the only other Ram to score in double figures, finishing the game with 11 points. The reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week added six boards, four steals, three blocks and one assist.
  • Redshirt junior Davida Dale and sophomore Marta Vargas each scored nine points. All nine of Vargas' points came from long range.
  • Dale led Rhody in assists (5) and tied senior Jalissa Ross for the team lead in rebounds, with seven.
  • Dale returned to the starting lineup after missing the last three games due to injury.
  • Ross also scored seven points, had three steals and dished out a pair of assists.
  • The Rams and Colonials were tied at the end of the first and second quarters. Rhody outscored George Washington in the third (16-15) before GW finally pulled away in the fourth by outscoring URI 19-13.
  • Overall, the game featured seven lead changes and nine ties. Neither team led by more than four points until the fourth quarter.

Up Next
The Rams are back in action on Saturday afternoon, when they welcome Davidson to the Ryan Center. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.