Rams Can't Keep Up With Davidson, Fall 77-67

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

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

Davidson Starters
Speight, Turner, Donovan, Gould, Welling

How It Happened
Rhode Island gave up a 13-point, second-half lead as a late surge by Davidson handed URI a 77-67 loss Saturday afternoon.

Rhode Island (6-9, 1-2 Atlantic 10) got out to a five-point lead (16-11) by the end of the first quarter. The Rams used a balanced attack, as five players scored in the opening period. Jalissa Ross had four points, while Maia Moffitt, Davida Dale, Elemy Colome, and Abby Streeter each had three. Davidson struggled shooting, making just 3-of-18 from the floor through the first 10 minutes of play.

The Rhody lead reached double digits early in the second quarter when Colome hit a layup with 8:08 on the clock, putting the Rams up 21-11. Davidson then trimmed it to five points on a jumper by Justine Lyon with 2:21 left in the quarter. Rhody scored the final five points of the half, the last three of which came on an Erin Jones 3-pointer just before the buzzer, sending the Rams into the break with a 35-25 lead.

Rhode Island pushed it to as many as 13 points in the third quarter, but Davidson went on a 13-7 run to close within six points (55-49) heading into the final period.

Davidson (9-7, 3-0 A-10) scored the first seven points of the fourth, taking a 56-55 lead on a free throw by Cassidy Gould. Rhode Island responded with five straight points, as Jalissa Ross hit a 3-pointer and Nicole Jorgensen made a short jumper to put the Rams back in front, 60-56.

However, the visiting Wildcats ended the game on a 21-7 run to end the game. Overall Davidson outscored the Rams 28-12 in the final period to seal the 10-point victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Redshirt junior Elemy Colome scored 16 points to lead Rhode Island while junior Nicole Jorgensen added 14 and senior Jalissa Ross had 10.
  • Jorgensen added eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
  • Redshirt sophomore Erin Jones had five points and three rebounds in 14:43 off the bench.
  • Sophomore Maia Moffitt had six points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 7:48 to go. 
  • Rhode Island moved the ball well in the first half, getting six assists on 14 field goals. The Rams finished with 14 assists on 26 field goals for the game.
  • Rhode Island had a 10-point lead at the half despite committing 15 turnovers. Rhody had 15 more turnovers in the second half.
  • Davidson scored 29 points off the 30 turnovers.

What's Next
Rhode Island heads to Saint Louis for another conference game Wednesday, Jan. 16. Game time is 8 p.m. EST.