Rhode Island Starters
Colome, Ross, Dale, Moffitt, Jorgensen
McKinney, Morris, Howard, Wyatt, Murray
How it Happened
Rhode Island (5-3) kept the score close in the first half, but No. 19 Kentucky pulled away in the third quarter en route to a 75-52 victory Wednesday night.
In the first quarter, the Rams held the Wildcats (9-0) to 29.4 percent from the floor (5-for-17) and managed to hold a lead at 12-11 late in the quarter. However, Kentucky ended the period with a 5-0 spurt to take a four-point lead into the second quarter. Kentucky managed to slowly extend the advantage in the second quarter and led 30-22 heading into halftime.
Kentucky used its defense to put the game away in the third quarter, forcing nine turnovers that led to 12 points. Rhode Island also sent Kentucky to the free throw line often, as the Wildcats were 12-for-13 at the line in the period, helping them open up a 59-34 lead. Kentucky's Maci Morris scored a game-high 29 points and Rhyne Howard added 19 to lead their team to the win.
Rhode Island was not able to rally in the fourth as the Rams saw their three-game win streak come to an end.
Inside the Box Score
- Redshirt junior Elemy Colome led the Rams with 16 points to go with four assists and four rebounds.
- Redshirt junior Davida Dale scored in double digits for the seventh straight game, and the eighth time this season. She had 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
- Junior Nicole Jorgensen gave the Rams a third player in double figures. She had 10 points and nine rebounds, just missing a double-double.
- Sophomore Maia Moffitt contributed eight points, three steals and three rebounds.
- Rhode Island shot well from the floor, making 22-of-50 on its field goal attempts.
- Kentucky used its size advantage to grab 20 offensive rebounds, which led to 15 second-chance points.
- The Wildcats had a 21-8 edge in points off turnovers. They forced Rhody into 30 turnovers while committing just 12.
- This was the first time Rhode Island has played a ranked team since Nov. 11, 2016, when it fell to No. 13/14 Syracuse, 95-49.
The Rams stay on the road to play at Clemson Saturday afternoon. Game time is 2 p.m.