Rams Host Boston College for 2018-19 Season Opener Thursday

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

RHODE ISLAND vs BOSTON COLLEGE
Thursday, Nov. 8 - 7:00 p.m.
Kingston, R.I. - The Ryan Center
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RHODE ISLAND VS. BOSTON COLLEGE - SERIES NOTES

  • Thursday's game will be the 11th meeting between the two schools.
  • Rhode Island leads the all-time series 6-4.
  • The Eagles have taken the victory in each of the last three contests.
  • Last time the two teams faced each other was Dec. 8, 2007 when BC took the 67-44 victory.
  • The first game between the schools happened Jan. 26, 1974. The Rams beat the Eagles 59-22.

LA-FORCE ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITIONS TO 2018-19 STAFF

  • Rhode Island head coach Daynia La-Force announced the addition of assistant coaches Mike Geary and Clyde Manns to her staff in the offseason.
  • Geary spent the last five seasons at Saint Louis, starting as an assistant coach in June 2013, following four seasons as an assistant at the University of Detroit Mercy. He was promoted to associate head coach in June 2014. During his tenure, he helped lift the SLU program to two WNIT appearances and captured an A-10 regular-season co-championship.
  • Manns, who has spent the last year with ITPS AAU Basketball, spent the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach at Valparaiso.
  • La-Force also announced support staff additions in Keenah Lambert (Director of Basketball Operations) and Cory Macchioni (Video Coordinator).
    Lambert comes to Rhode Island after spending the last three years as the Administrative Assistant to Leonard Hamilton, the men's basketball head coach at Florida State.
  • Macchioni is no stranger to Rhode Island, as he spent three years of his undergrad as the head team manager and video assistant for the men's basketball team. He returns to URI after spending a season as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at Rhode Island College. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Basketball Operations for men's basketball at Canisius.

STAGE SET FOR RHODY'S FOUR NEWCOMERS

  • The Rams have high hopes for newcomers Savannah Clark, Davida Dale, Erin Jones, and Jessica Rogers.
  • Dale, a native of Providence, R.I., sat out last year due to transfer rules after spending the previous two seasons at Syracuse. She was part of the 2015-16 team that reached the national championship game against Connecticut. Coming out of high school, Dale was a four-star recruit, ranked as the No. 74 player in the Class of 2015 by espnW HoopGurlz. A McDonald's All-America nominee, she led La Salle to two straight Rhode Island Division I state championships before transferring to St. Andrews as a junior and then playing her senior season at Juanita Sanchez.
  • Jones also sat out last season after transferring from Hartford. She appeared in 11 games for Hartford as a freshman during the 2016-17 season. Considered one of the top 3-point shooting threats on the AAU circuits for the N.J. United out of high school, Jones led Voorhees High to back-to-back undefeated seasons in the Skyland Conference in 2014-15 and 2015-16, and a 49-7 overall record for the two years.
  • Rogers took the 2017-18 season as a redshirt year and will have four years of eligibility.
  • Clark, a transfer from junior college Miami Dade, has been granted immediate eligibility and will see playing time this year for the Rams. At Miami Dade, Clark played in 28 games and averaged 18.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. She was named to the All-Southern Conference First Team in 2018 and the Second Team in 2017. Clark was also an All-American nominee in 2018.