Rams Rally Back, Win Overtime Thriller Against Richmond 76-70

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

RHODE ISLAND (8-6, 1-1 Atlantic 10)
Starters: Dale, Moffitt, Jones, Harvey-Carr, Jorgensen
Subs: Oberg, Brown, Rogers

RICHMOND (7-9, 0-2 Atlantic 10)
Starters: Hinds-Clarke, Holt, Parson, Squires, Klimkiewicz
Subs: Carpenter, Chapman, Duggan Fee

How it Happened
Rhode Island overcame a double-digit deficit twice, and mounted a furious comeback late in the game to force overtime, where it eventually knocked off visiting Richmond 76-70 Tuesday night at the Ryan Center.

Richmond got off to a quick start, outscoring Rhody 20-8 in the first quarter. Davida Dale scored the first six points for the Rams, but was the only player to put points on the board until Nicole Jorgensen made a pair of free throws with just over a minute left in the period. That cut the Richmond lead to single digits at 17-8, but Kate Klimkiewicz hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Spiders up 20-8.

Rhode Island managed to keep Richmond off the board for the first eight minutes of the second quarter, but only scored eight points during that span. Meghan Oberg and Erin Jones then connected on final-minute 3-pointers to send the Rams into the break trailing by just four (26-22).

A Nicole Jorgensen layup, followed buy a pair of free throws by Dale, tied the score at 26-26 and erased what was once a 13-point Richmond lead less than a minute into the third quarter. The Spiders responded with seven consecutive points however, and pushed their lead back to 12 on a long range jumper by Emma Squires with just 56 seconds left in the period.

The Rhody defense put forth another impressive effort in the fourth quarter, limiting Richmond to just one basket over the first seven minutes. The Spiders' drought allowed URI to claw its way back, trimming the deficit to three points (50-47) after a 3-ball by Brazil Harvey-Carr and a jumper by Dale.

With just 12 seconds remaining in regulation, another trey from Harvey-Carr later gave Rhody its first lead of the game at 56-55. Dale then connected on two more from the line to push it to 58-55 but Richmond's Claire Holt drained an off-balanced three at the buzzer to force overtime.

In overtime, Rhode Island caught fire, hitting 5-of-7 from the floor and building a nine-point lead it never relinquished. Rhody also was a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line in OT, helping to ice the game and secure the first conference win of the season.

Inside the Box Score

  • Redshirt senior Davida Dale recorded her fourth double-double of the season, finishing with a career-high 29 points while grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out five assists. She was an impressive 15-for-16 from the free-throw line.
  • Dale also played all 45 minutes for the Rams, marking the fifth consecutive game she does not leave the floor.
  • Senior Nicole Jorgensen turned in her 15th career 20-point performance, scoring 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting and a perfect 7-7 showing at the foul line.
  • Jorgensen also pulled down seven rebounds, blocked one shot and had one steal.
  • Redshirt junior Erin Jones finished the game with eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 45 minutes of action.
  • Freshman Brazil Harvey-Carr scored six points, including a 3-point basket that gave Rhody its first lead of the game with just 12 seconds remaining in regulation.
  • Junior Maia Moffitt recorded seven rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Rams.
  • As a team, Rhode Island shot a season-high 92.0 percent from the foul line, sinking 23 of its 25 attempts.
  • The Rams out-rebounded the Spiders 42-36.

Up Next
The Rams are back in action at Davidson on Sunday afternoon. The game, which tips off at 4:30 p.m., will be televised nationally on NBC Sports.