Rams Return to Action Saturday at No. 13/16 Minnesota

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

RHODE ISLAND at MINNESOTA
Saturday, Dec. 22 at 4:00 p.m.
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
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RHODE ISLAND VS. MINNESOTA - SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday's matchup will be just the third time the teams have met. Minnesota has won the previous two contests.
  • The last time the teams faced was Nov. 13, 2017 in a 82-60 loss for the Rams in the Ryan Center.
  • It will be the first time in the series the Rams have made the trip to Minnesota.
  • The first meeting was Dec. 1, 1979 in Montclair, N.J.
  • The Golden Gophers are on a 10 game winning streak under first-year head coach and former Minnesota player Lindsey Whalen.
  • In its last three games, Minnesota has outscored opponents 236-160.
  • Redshirt senior Kenisha Bell leads the Golden Gophers with 18.6 points per game. Junior Taiye Bello is nearly averaging a double-double, with 13.2 boards per game and 9.9 points per contest.

NEXT HOME GAME VS. HARVARD TO BE GIRL SCOUT DAY

  • For the Harvard game on Dec. 28th, Rhody Women's Basketball will be hosting Girl Scout Day featuring a free post-game clinic.
  • Girl Scouts that have achieved their fair play badge are also invited to participate in our halftime ceremony.
  • Troops can purchase their discounted tickets at the Ryan Center box office or by clicking here. Gametime is at 2:00 p.m.
  • For interested participlants please email Mary Ginsbach.

MOFFITT MAKING HER MINUTES COUNT

  • Rhode Island sophomore Maia Moffitt has started every game during her second season with the Rams.
  • Through the last three games, the Bay Shore, N.Y. native has contributed 4.7 points, 2.3 steals, 1.7 blocks, and 1.3 assists per contest.
  • Moffitt has taken the roll of a multi-way player since she stepped on the court last season for the Rams.
  • Last year, she filled the stat line with 4.2 rebounds, 4.1 points, 1.5 assists, and 1.4 steals per game.
  • She had a season-high 10 points in the Ram's victory against North Dakota.

NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE FEATURES POWER 5 SCHOOLS

  • As their non-conference schedule comes to a close, the Ram's challenging slate featured five Power 5 conference schools.
  • Rhode Island opened the season hosting Boston College from the ACC on Nov. 8.
  • Rhody continued its non-conference slate as they traveled to face Kentucky (SEC), Clemson (ACC), and will travel to face Minnesota (Big 10) on Dec. 22.
  • Another highlight of this season's schedule was the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament.
  • All four NCAA Division I teams in the state of Rhode Island made their way to Kingston for the two-day tournament on Dec. 1-2.
  • Rhody hosted Providence (Big East) on the first day, which was followed by the match up between Brown and Bryant.
  • The Rams then advanced to the championship game for the first time in tournament history to face Brown on Dec. 2.
  • Rhode Island won the third-annual tournament for the first time after defeating Brown 72-67.
  • The strong 2018-19 schedule includes nine games against teams coming off of postseason play last year.

BLOCK PARTY FEATURING THE RAMS

  • Rhode Island leads the Atlantic 10 in blocked shots per game, averaging 5.9 per contest.
  • Senior Dina Motrechuk is tied for second in the conference with 1.5 blocks per game.
  • Junior Nicole Jorgensen is ranked 10th with 1.1 blocked shots a game and has had at least one block in all but two games this year.
  • Senior Jalissa Ross had three blocks in the win over Providence, followed by four stops in the victory against Brown.
  • Sophomore Maia Moffitt had back-to-back career performances of two blocks against Providence and Brown.
  • Nine Rams have had at least one block through eight games this season.