Rhody Remains Undefeated in Conference with Dominant Defensive Effort
Cairns, Hattix-Covington, Lassiter, Squires, Toure
Rhode Island jumped out early and never relinquished the lead, beating Atlantic 10 newcomer Loyola Chicago 63-24 Sunday afternoon. The win extended URI’s conference winning streak to five games.
Dolly Cairns opened the first quarter for the Rams (14-3, 5-0 A-10) with a successful jumper 20 seconds into the game. Madison Hattix-Covington followed with a 3-pointer as Rhody scored the first five points of the game. Loyola (6-12, 1-4 A-10) was held scoreless until 6:33 when Emma Nolan scored a lay up. By the end of the first quarter, URI had built a 17-9 edge by limited the Ramblers to 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from the field.
The defensive effort continued in the second quarter, as Rhode Island held Loyola to 2-of-15 from the field. URI got hot from the outside, shooting 4-of-6 from the arc as Cairns, Sayawni Lassiter, Ines Debroise and Emmi Rinat all connected from long range. By halftime, the Rams led 35-13.
The result was never in doubt, as Rhody coasted to its fifth straight victory, improving to 9-0 at the Ryan Center.
Inside the Box Score
Eleven of the 12 Rhode Island players who appeared in the game scored.
Rhody limited Loyola Chicago to 13 points in the first half, the fewest for any opponent in any half this season.
URI outrebounded the Ramblers 56-32.
The visiting Ramblers did not score any second-chance points, as Rhode Island had a 20-0 edge in the category.
Junior Mayé Touré recorded her sixth straight double-double, finishing with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
She added three blocked shots on the defensive end.
Sophomore Sophie Phillips had 12 points off the bench.
Junior Dolly Cairns was the third Ram in double digits with 10 points in her return to the starting lineup.
Point guards Sayawni Lassiter and Ines Debroise each had six assists. The dup combined for eight points, 12 assists, and nine rebounds while running the offense.
Freshman Anaelle Dutat had 13 rebounds and redshirt freshman Hawa Komara added six boards.
Graduate student Madison Hattix-Covington had eight points and six rebounds.
Rhode Island is back at the Ryan Center Wednesday, Jan. 18 when it hosts Richmond. Game time is 6 p.m. on ESPN+.