Long Beach State Halts Historic Start By URI Women’s Basketball Sunday
University of Rhode Island Press Release
Rhode Island Starters
Williams, Foppossi, Vargas, Elmore, Tahane
Long Beach State Starters
Berry, Utti, King, Hardy, Joseph
How it Happened
Rhode Island’s seven-game win streak came to end as the Rams (7-1) fell 64-52 to Long Beach State on the final day of the Cavalier Classic Sunday.
In a battle of unbeaten teams, it was the Beach (6-0) using a dominant third quarter to grab the victory.
Long Beach State opened the game with a 12-4 run as Rhode Island started the game 1-for-5 from the field with six turnovers in the opening six minutes. However, the Rams clamped down defensively and held the Beach scoreless for the remainder of the quarter. In fact, Rhode Island went on a 17-0 run, holding Long Beach State without any points over a span of 6:02 until nearly three minutes into the second quarter.
Dolly Cairns started the run with back-to-back 3-pointers, and an Emmanuelle Tahane layup got the Rams even at 12-12 in the final seconds of the opening period. The Rams scored the first nine points of the second quarter, as Dez Elmore had four points, Emmi Rinat had a 3-pointer and Tahane hit a jumper to help the Rams move in front 21-12. The lead got as high as 12 points on a Tahane layup with 5:54 left in the half, and URI took a 31-23 edge into the break.
The third quarter was a disaster for Rhode Island. The Rams did not make a field goal until a Tahane layup with 47.6 seconds remained in the quarter. She converted the old-fashioned three-point play, but that only trimmed URI’s deficit to 12 points. Long Beach State came out firing to start the third quarter, getting back-to-back 3-pointers by Maddi Utti and a layup from Ma’qhi Berry to tie the score just 98 seconds into the second half. After a pair of Tahane free throws, the Beach scored 17 unanswered points before Tahane’s layup. The Rams were 1-of-9 from the floor and turned the ball over seven times in the third, helping Long Beach State build a 48-36 lead heading to the final quarter.
The lead climbed to as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter before Rhody managed to cut into the deficit. A 13-2 run that featured a combined 10 points from Marie-Paule Foppossi and Tahane got the Rams within five at 56-51. However, back-to-back corner 3-pointers by Kianna Hamilton-Fisher pushed the lead back to double digits and ended any thoughts of a Rhode Island comeback.
Inside the Box Score
- Rhode Island committed a season-high 29 turnovers, helping Long Beach State to a 27-16 edge in points off turnovers.
- After shooting 45.8 percent (11-of-24) in the first half, the Rams were just 7-of-20 (35 percent) after the break.
- Redshirt senior Emmanuelle Tahane led Rhode Island with 18 points. She added seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
- Sophomore Dolly Cairns was the only other Ram in double digits, scoring 10 points.
- Graduate student Dez Elmore had seven points and ight rebounds.
- Redshirt junior Marie-Paule Foppossi had nine points and five rebounds.
- Long Beach State had 17 steals and four blocked shots, helping it to a 17-2 advantage on the fast break
Rhode Island stays on the road for a game at Holy Cross Thursday, Dec. 2. Game time is 6 p.m.