Rhode Island Travels to Face Holy Cross Wednesday

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

RHODE ISLAND at HOLY CROSS
Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 3:05 p.m.
Hart Center - Worcester, Mass.
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Wednesday's game will be aired locally on NESN.

RHODE ISLAND VS. HOLY CROSS - SERIES NOTES

  • Wednesday's game will be the 12th meeting between the two schools. Holy Cross leads the all-time series 8-3.
  • The teams faced last season in a battle at the Ryan Center with the Crusaders taking the 69-63 victory.
  • The first time Rhody played Holy Cross was Nov. 25, 1988 in a 87-68 loss in Worcester, Mass.
  • Holy Cross enters Wednesday's game with a 1-2 record, most recently falling to Brown 89-85.
  • Junior Lauren Manis leads the Patriot League with an average of 27.7 points per game. She adds 11.3 rebounds per game.
  • Rhode Island looks to get its third consecutive road win for the first time since the 2002-03 season. The Rams went 16-15 that year under head coach Belinda "Boe" Pearman.

LAST TIME OUT: RAMS EDGE VERMONT ON THE ROAD, 61-58

  • The Rams picked up their second win in a row, defeating Vermont 61-58 on the road on Sunday, Nov. 18.
  • Rhode Island started the game on a 9-0 run, holding Vermont scoreless until the 5:47 mark. The Catamounts then went on a 6-0 run of their own to help cut the lead to four (14-10) by the end of the first quarter.
  • Vermont outscored Rhode Island 16-9 in the second period. An Elemy Colome lay-up tied the score at 23-23, but a 3-pointer from Josie Larkins - her third of the quarter - put the Catamounts back on top 26-23 going into the break.
  • The Rams came out of the locker room and used a 12-6 run to get ahead 35-32 with 4:56 remaining in the third. Vermont's Hannah Crymble tied the score at 38 with a layup late in the period. A 3-pointer by Meghan Oberg and a Davida Dale layup to put the Rams ahead 45-41 at the end of the third quarter.
  • The Catamounts opened the fourth on an 7-1 run to go up 48-46. A layup by Jalissa Ross tied it at 48 and a steal and two good free throws by Dale put the Rams back up 50-48. The teams went back and forth down the stretch, and Vermont took a one-point lead in the final minute.
  • An Oberg layup put the Rams up 59-58 with 12 seconds remaining, and Dale sealed the victory with two good free-throws for the final score of 61-58.
  • Senior Jalissa Ross led the team with 16 points and picked up the double-double, adding 11 rebounds.
  • Redshirt junior Davida Dale had 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Dale also blocked a shot in the final minute.
  • Redshirt junior Elemy Colome had eight points and a career-high nine rebounds. She added a team-high four assists.
  • Junior Nicole Jorgensen had nine points and eight rebounds despite fouling out in 14 minutes.
  • Sophomore Maia Moffitt forced a five-second call with 30.8 seconds remaining, setting up Meghan Oberg's game-winning basket.
  • Rhody won its second straight road game for the first time since winning at Fairfield and UMass Lowell early in the 2016-17 season.
  • After committing 11 turnovers in the first half, Rhode Island settled down and had just three in the second half.
  • Rhode Island had 23 points off of 18 Vermont turnovers. The team had nine steals, which came from seven different players.
  • The Rams Allowed just two second-chance points. Rhody had a sizable advantage in points in the paint, outscoring the Catamounts 34-20.
  • The win improved Rhode Island to 2-1 on the year, its best start since the 2012-13 season.

RAMS SECOND IN THE A-10 IN BLOCKS PER GAME

  • Rhode Island is ranked second in the conference with 5.7 blocks per game.
  • Only Saint Louis is ahead of Rhody, averaging 6.0 stops a game.
  • Seven Rams have recorded at least one block in the first three games of the 2018-19 season.
  • Rhode Island junior Nicole Jorgensen ranks third in the A-10 with 1.67 stops per game. She has five blocks on the season.
  • Redshirt sophomore Gabrielle Green made her first career block in the season opener against Boston College.

MOTRECHUK MAKES THE BLOCK

  • Senior Dina Motrechuk is currently fifth in Rhode Island history with 104 career blocks.
  • Motrechuk can move into fourth place and pass Barbara Walton - 122 blocks from 1976-79 - with 19 more stops.
  • She needs 156 to catch Naomi Graves (1978-82), who ranks first all-time with 259 total blocks.
  • The Staten Island, N.Y. native made a season-high five blocks against Bryant last year.
  • Motrechuk led the Atlantic 10 her sophomore season with 2.5 blocks per game and 68 total.
  • The 68 blocks also ranked third on URI's single-season list.
  • She matched the program's single-game record (6) three times that same year - against Bryant, Dartmouth and UMass.
  • She blocked 23 shots in the 2017-18 season.
  • After missing the season opener against Boston College due to injury, Motrechuk picked up right where she left off and made two stops in the win at Robert Morris.
  • Motrechuk has four blocks in two games of the 2018-19 season.