Rhody Women’s Basketball Wins Sixth Straight Game
Rhode Island built a big first-half lead then withstood a rally as it held off Massachusetts, 66-58, in a key Atlantic 10 matchup Monday night.
Rhode Island (13-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10) led by as many as 20 in the first half, thanks in large part to an 18-0 run that stretched from 5:34 of the first quarter until 7:03 of the second period. By the time Dez Elmore made back-to-back jumpers in the second quarter, Rhody had built a 28-8 lead. The run featured seven points from Emmanuelle Tahane, five from Elmore and four from Marie-Paule Foppossi.
Massachusetts (14-3, 2-1 A-10) managed to cut the deficit to 14 points on three occasions, but a second-chance basket by Mayé Touré sent URI into the break up by 16, 38-22.
The visitors battled back in the second half. The Minutewomen held Rhody to nine points in the third quarter to trim the deficit to six points. UMass continued to chip away, trimming the lead all the way down to two points at 58-56 following a pair of free throws by Sam Breen (game-high 25 points).
Dolly Cairns hit a 3-point shot off an assist from Tahane to push the lead back to five points. After a Destiny Philoxy layup made it a one-possession game again, Rhode Island capped the game with the final five points of the night. Foppossi hit one free throw and Chanell Williams hit four in a row in the final seconds to secure the win.
Inside the Box Score
Rhode Island extended its winning streak to six games while also snapping a five-game streak for UMass.
With the victory, URI improved to 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the 1994-95 season. That year, the Rams began 4-0 in Atlantic 10 play.
Rhode Island also is 8-0 at home for the first time in program history.
Though UMass made it a close game in the second half, Rhode Island never trailed.
Sophomore Dolly Cairns led Rhode Island with 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers.
Redshirt senior Emmanuelle Tahane had 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Redshirt junior Marie-Paule Foppossi added 12 points and eight rebounds, while graduate student Dez Elmore had nine points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Chanell Williams had seven points, five rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot.
She was 4-for-4 at the free throw line and has made her last 23 attempts there.
Rhode Island dominated the boards, outrebounding Massachusetts 48-23.
The Rams had 17 assists, with seven different players contributing at least one.
Rhody has a quick turnaround for its next game, as the Rams travel to Duquesne Wednesday, Jan. 19. Game time is 7 p.m.