Rinat Leads URI Women Past Saint Louis, Rams Move To 4-0 In Atlantic 10 Play
University of Rhode Island Press Release
Rhode Island Starters
Phillips, Squires, Touré, Hattix-Covington, Lassiter
Saint Louis Starters
McMakin, Calhoun, Martinez, Nicastro, Flowers
How it Happened
Sophomore Emmi Rinat had a massive game off the bench to lead Rhode Island to its fourth straight victory, a 76-65 win at Saint Louis Thursday night.
Rinat matched her career high with 23 points, getting 11 in the first half and 12 in the second as the Rams (13-3, 4-0 Atlantic 10) grabbed another road win in league play.
Saint Louis (5-14, 1-3 A-10) opened the game with a 13-6 run, shooting 6-for-10 from the floor. Four different Billikens scored in the opening five minutes, led by Brooke Flowers and Mia Nicastro with four points each. The Rams stormed back, going on a 12-2 run that was sparked by seven points from Rinat. She hit a floater at the top of the key, a corner 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to help get Rhody up, 20-17. Saint Louis got an old-fashioned three-point play on a drive from Kennedy Calhoun to slow the run, but URI ended the quarter with a 21-20 edge.
Saint Louis controlled much of the second quarter behind the play of Julia Martinez. She had nine points, four rebounds and four assists in the period, helping the Billikens build a 37-30 lead. However, the Rams closed the quarter on an 11-2 run, holding Saint Louis scoreless over the final 3:26 of the half. Sayawni Lassiter hit a pair of 3-point shots, Rinat added one of her own and Mayé Touré hit a pair of free throws as the Rams carried a 41-39 lead into the half.
Rhody did not score for the first 3:12 of the third, as Saint Louis began the second half on a 6-0 spurt. URI responded with a 6-0 run of its own to pull back in front, 47-45. Madison Hattix-Covington had back-to-back layups to kickstart Rhode Island. URI’s defense limited Saint Louis to one field goal – a Calhoun 3-pointer – over the final 4:27 of the third, helping the Rams take a slight 55-52 lead into the final 10 minutes.
URI scored the first five points of the quarter. Toure hit a turnaround jumper in the lane, then got a steal and led a fast break, hitting Hattix-Covington for a layup that opened a 60-52 lead and forced the Billikens to call a timeout. The break didn’t stop Rhody’s momentum, and a Rinat 3-pointer gave URI its biggest lead of the night, 70-58, with 4:45 to go.
Saint Louis managed to cut the lead to five points at 70-65 after a Kyla McMakin layup with 2:21 to go. That was as close as it got, as Rhode Island forced the Billikens to miss their last eight field goal attempts.
Inside the Box Score
- Rhode Island head coach Tammi Reiss improved to 3-0 in her career against Saint Louis. The Billikens are now the fourth school Reiss is undefeated against in at least three games. The others are George Mason (3-0), Hartford (3-0) and Richmond (4-0).
- Sophomore Emmi Rinat’s career night was incredibly efficient. She was 7-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. She was 5-of-6 at the free throw line, getting her 23 points in 22 minutes.
- Graduate student Sayawni Lassiter had 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals.
- Junior Mayé Touré and graduate transfer Madison Hattix-Covington each added 14 points for the Rams.
- Toure has scored in double figures in five straight games and 13 times overall this season.
- Freshman Anaelle Dutat had eight rebounds, two steals and one assist. She had a plus-minus of plus-8 despite not scoring.
- URI’s bench contributed 32 points, scoring 16 in both halves.
The Rams are back at home Sunday, Jan. 15 when they host Loyola Chicago at noon. The game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.