Phillips Shooting Off Bench Propels URI Women Past Buffalo
By Hannah Lorusso
Rhode Island Starters
Cairns, Hattix-Covington, Lassiter, Squires, Touré
Winfield, Ellis, Stone, Mashaire, Salmons
How it Happened
Rhode Island beat Buffalo for the first time in program history Thursday night, defeating the visitors 71-56 at The Ryan Center.
The Rams jumped to a 12-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game, holding the Bulls scoreless until the 6:28 mark of the period. Rhody was 3-for-5 from long range as Sophie Phillips and Dolly Cairns each connected from beyond the arc. The quarter ended with the Rams up 27-16.
Rhode Island continued to dominate the floor as the lead for home team got to as much as 16 points in the second quarter. UAB was held scoreless for another six-minute drought, and Rhody forced them to 11-of-26 from the floor (42 percent), while URI was 64 percent (18-of-28). Rhode Island went into the half with the lead, 42-28.
Zakiyah Winfield from Buffalo opened the third with two quick buckets to trim the Rhody lead to 10, but that was as close as the vistors would get. Madison Hattix-Covington, Emmi Rinat, and Phillips all connected from the arc, leading to a score of 53-40 going into the final period.
Rhode Island held its lead the entire game and with 1:45 left to play Phillips got her fifth successful 3-pointer of the game, which led to her game high of 15 points. The Rams were able to close out the game for their sixth straight win.
Inside the Box Score
- Sophomore Sophie Phillips led the way for the Rams with 15 points, connecting on 5-of-8 from long range. It was her best career performance as a Ram.
- Grad transfer Emma Squires added 13 points.
- Junior Mayé Touré had her second double-double of the season, pairing 12 points with 10 rebounds in the win. She added two blocked shots before fouling out.
- Grad transfer Madison Hattix-Covington had seven points and six rebounds.
- Buffalo scored 17 points off of the Ram’s 17 turnovers.
- The win was Rhody’s first-ever over Buffalo. The Bulls won the previous three meetings against Rhode Island.
The Rams are back at the Ryan Center on Sunday to face Maine at 1:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN+ and the Varsity Network.