Rhody Improves Defense, Wins Seventh Straight Game
A strong defensive effort spurred Rhode Island to a 63-43 victory over Maine Sunday, giving the Rams their seventh straight victory.
Rhody (7-1) opened the game with a 9-0 and never looked back. The opening spurt included five points off turnovers, setting an early tone for the theme of the game. Emma Squires got the Rams started with a 3-pointer. Maye Toure scored in the paint before Sayawni Lassiter and Ines Debbroise hit transition layups to spark URI. On the other end of the floor, the Rams stifled Maine, causing the Black Bears to miss their first nine shots from the floor. Maine (3-5) was just 1-of-12 from the field in the opening quarter, with the lone basket coming from Sera Hodgson at the 2:00 mark. By the end of the opening period, Rhode Island had a 15-4 lead.
The Rams limited the offensive opportunities for Maine throughout the first half. While the Black Bears had six offensive rebounds in the first two quarters, they managed just ones second-point 29-17 at the half.
Maine used a 6-0 run late in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 10 points at 40-30, but Rhode Island closed the period on an 8-2 run to get the lead back to 16 heading into the fourth. Anaelle Dutat hit a layup off a pretty feed from Emmi Rinat. Maye Toure hit 3-of-4 at the free throw line and Sayawni Lassiter added one free throw as the Rams carried a 48-32 edge into the final quarter.
The lead was never truly challenged down the stretch, as Rhode Island built its lead to as many as 22 points in the closing minutes of the game.
Inside the Box Score
Rhode Island improved to 5-0 at the Ryan Center this season. Rhode Island is now 34-8 at home during the Tammi Reiss era.
Junior Maye Toure led a balanced Rhody offense with 13 points to go with eight rebounds.
Graduate student Sayawni Lassiter had 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting. She also had five steals, three assists and two rebounds.
11 of 12 Rams who saw action scored.
URI dominated the glass, outrebounding Maine, 40-23
The size advantage was apparent for Rhode Island, as it had a 40-18 edge in points in the paint.
Rhode Island’s bench scored 15 of the team’s 29 first-half points. Sophomore Emmi Rinat had six points and Ines Debroise added four to lead the reserves in the opening 20 minutes.
Freshman Anaelle Dutat had seven boards and three points.
URI did not allowed any fast break points.
Rhode Island hosts Hartford on Wednesday, Dec. 7 for an 11 a.m. tip. It will be Education Day in the Ryan Center, as elementary school students from around the state will attend.