KINGSTON, R.I. (UND Athletics) -- Senior Lexi Klabo notched her third consecutive double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn't enough as host Rhode Island defeated North Dakota, 77-63, Tuesday evening at the Ryan Center. Klabo recorded her second 30-point game of her career in the loss.
"We had some poor execution and we did some really good stuff at times, but the thing about it is that Lexi goes for 30 and is getting double-teamed and we're asking her to break the press and do it all," UND head coach Travis Brewster said. "We've got to get some other players out there to step up with some confidence and play. It's a team game. We need somebody else to score 10 when Lexi scores 30. We're going to see what kind of resolve we have as I'm going to make some adjustments."
Klabo's individual effort wasn't rewarded with a win as Rhode Island got double-figure contributions from four different players, including a team-high 22 from Davida Dale for the Rams. Elemy Colome added 20 with 10 each from Nicole Jorgensen and Maia Moffitt.
Neither team got going early as it was just a 4-4 score seven minutes into the game. The game rested at 12-8 through the first 10 minutes until the Rams quickly built a double-digit lead early in the second. The deficit grew to as many as 13 in the opening half until North Dakota rallied with Klabo scoring the next nine North Dakota points to trim the advantage to as little as seven at one point. URI took a 29-22 lead into the half with Klabo accounting for 14 of UND's points at the break.
The Rams (3-2) stretched their lead to as many as 17 in the third quarter, making life difficult for the visitors to attempt a comeback in the final frame. UND did slice it down to 10 with 6:36 to go on an Alaina Jarnot three, but URI immediately answered and held the Fighting Hawks to just two field goals the rest of the way en route to the win.
"We need to be working way harder than we are and that starts in practice," Klabo said of the result. "They made some big shots but we kind of let them do what they wanted to do and we can't do that. We have a scout for a reason."
North Dakota (1-4) gets a chance to shake it off quickly as it will head to UMass Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. Central tip against the Minutewomen.