Rams, Dukes Set for Sunday Meeting on NBCSN

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

RHODE ISLAND vs. DUQUESNE
Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1:00 p.m.
Kingston, R.I. - The Ryan Center

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RHODE ISLAND VS. DUQUESNE - SERIES NOTES

  • Sunday will be the 54th meeting between Rhode Island and Duquesne.
  • The Dukes hold a 32-21 advantage in the series dating back to 1983.
  • The last time the two teams faced on Feb. 17, 2018, Duquesne took the 80-71 win in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Rhody won 71-69 on Feb. 18, 2017 at the Ryan Center.
  • The Rams will play host to the pre-season conference favorites. Duquesne was picked to win the Atlantic 10 with 12 first-place votes in the pre-season coaches poll. The Dukes are currently sixth in the league.
  • Both teams are looking to get back in the win column. The Rams most recently fell at Massachusetts 56-34 and Duquesne enters Sunday's game coming off a 67-63 loss vs. Saint Louis.
  • Kadri-Ann Lass leads the Dukes averaging 11.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
  • Rhode Island's Elemy Colome is fifth in the A-10 averaging 14.8 points per game. Lass' offensive effort ranks her 16th.
  • Lass is 12th in the league in rebounding with her 6.2 average. Rhody's Davida Dale is just above her at 11th with 6.3 boards per contest.
  • Nicole Jorgensen is tied for seventh in the conference, grabbing 7.3 boards per contest.
  • Rhode Island is ranked first in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 5.5 per contest. Duquesne is second with 4.7 stops per game.

SMILE FOR THE CAMERA

  • Sunday's game will be aired on national television, with NBC Sports Network carrying the broadcast.
  • Steve Schlanger will be on play by play and Debbie Taylor will be the analyst.
  • To date, it is the only nationally televised game scheduled for the Rams this season.

TRIP TO PORTUGAL, SPAIN SET TONE FOR SEASON

  • The Rams had the opportunity to spend nine days in Europe this past August, spending four days in Portugal before traveling to spend five days in Spain.
  • Rhode Island faced three teams overseas, finishing with a 2-1 record after defeating the Lisbon and Barcelona All-Stars. Rhody beat the Lisbon All-Stars 55-50 and the Barcelona All-Stars 80-63.
  • Portugal native Marta Vargas returned to her home country and had the opportunity to compete against her previous teammates and friends on the trip.
  • In addition to basketball, Rhody was able to sight see the countries of Portugal and Spain, while senior Jalissa Ross - a journalism major - narrated the journey in a blog that was featured on gorhody.com.

COLOME CONTINUES TO CONTRIBUTE

  • Rhode Island redshirt junior Elemy Colome is the leading scorer for the Rams, contributing 14.8 points per game.
  • The offensive effort is ranked fifth in the Atlantic 10.
  • She has 17 double-digit performances in 23 games this season and has scored atleast 10 points in five of the last six games. Colome had a career-high 26-point game against St. Bonaventure. She was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 at the free-throw line.
  • The Lawrence, Mass. native led the Rams' non-conference success, including consecutive road wins at Robert Morris and Vermont for the first time since early in the 2016-17 season.
  • Colome was named to the Atlantic 10 weekly honor roll for her efforts, which included scoring 10 of the Rams' 12 points down the stretch to seal the victory at Robert Morris.
  • She led the Rams in their first win in program history at Chaifetz arena with a team-best 16 points at Saint Louis.
  • Colome has started every game for the Rams during her redshirt junior season.
  • She adds 4.0 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists per game, 1.7 steals per game, and is shooting 78% (70-of-90) from the free-throw line.
  • Her 78% from the charity stripe is ranked 10th in the A-10.
  • During conference play, Colome is averaging 15.5 points per game.