Rhody Rolls In Front of Crowd Full of Kids

The Ryan Center was electric Wednesday afternoon as Education Day took over Kingston. A strong offensive game for the Rams led to their eighth consecutive win, and a score of 88-34.

Emmi Rinat sparked off the bench to start the game, scoring a lay up 15 seconds into the first. The Rams dominated the floor against Hartford with a 19-3 run over six minutes, holding Hartford to 2-of-11 from the floor (11 percent), while URI was 9-of-12 (75 percent). Sophie Phillips and Rinat both connected from the arc, ending the first with a score of 21-7 with Rhode Island in the lead.

Rhode Island continued to dominate the floor as the lead for the home team extended to as much as 28 points in the second quarter. Ines Debroise scored back-to-back lay ups with 4:55 left in the half. Touré closed out the first half of the game with a jumper for the Rams, leading to a game score of 43-15 to end the half.

The third period belonged to Phillips who scored a total of eight points for the Rams, and connected from the arc once. The lead built to as many as 37 points as Rhode Island held Hartford to 10-of-41 from the floor. Sayawni Lassiter added one free throw, and Touré scored a lay up to go into the final quarter 61-24, in favor of Rhode Island.

Phillips continued to fire up the floor as she opened the final period with a 3-pointer for Rhody, which was a part of her game high of 21 points for the Rams, and five successful shots from the arc. Hartford was in a scoring drought over three minutes with 4:45 left to play, and Rhode Island went on a 10-0 run over 3:04 and was 3-of last-3 from the floor (79-25). Phillips, Rinat, Debroise, Emma Squires, and Lassiter all scored for the Rams in the final period. Rinat ended the game with a game high of 23 points from the bench for URI.

The lead was never truly challenged down the stretch, as Rhode Island built its lead to as many as 56 points in the closing minutes of the game en route to its eighth consecutive win.

Inside the Box Score

Rhode Island improved to 6-0 at the Ryan Center this season. Rhode Island is now 35-8 at home during the Tammi Reiss era.
The Rams shot 56.1 percent from the floor for their best field goal percentage of the season.
Rhode Island sophomores Emmi Rinat and Sophie Phillips combined for 44 points en route to the win. Rinat poured in 23 while Phillips had 21. Both were career highs.
Freshman forward Anaelle Dutat dominated the boards grabbing nine rebounds.
Rhode Island’s bench scored 55 of Rhody’s 88 points.
The Rams size showed on the glass out-rebounding the Hawks 50-21 and scoring 44 points in the paint.
URI allowed for no points off of turnovers, while the Rams scored 30 of their points off of the Hawks miscues.
Graduate guard Sayawni Lassiter led the Rams with a career-best 11 assists. Rhody had a season-best 23 assists on 38 made field goals in the win.
10 of the 12 Rams that saw the floor scored.
Freshman Ines Debroise had a solid game off the bench, scoring seven points, grabbing five rebounds, and dishing out four assists.

Up Next
The Rams hit the road to face Quinnipiac this Sunday at noon.

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