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RHODE ISLAND VS. MASSACHUSETTS - ALL-TIME SERIES
- Wednesday's game will be the 76th meeting between Rhode Island and Massachusetts in a series that dates back to 1976.
- Rhode Island has played Massachusetts more times than any other opponent.
- Massachusetts has a 41-34 advantage in the series, though Rhody has won four of the last six meetings.
- Earlier this season, the Rams won 80-79 at Massachusetts on Jan. 27.
- Rhode Island is 16-19 at home against UMass, including three straight wins over the Minutewomen in the Ryan Center.
- Rhode Island enters Wednesday night on a five-game losing streak, while Massachusetts has won three in a row.
RAMS HONORING SENIOR CLASS BEFORE FINAL HOME GAME OF THE SEASON
- Four seniors are playing in the Ryan Center for the final time Wednesday.
- Symone Bullard is playing in her 105th career game Wednesday. She has scored more than 500 points and recorded 177 assists for Rhode Island. She also is two rebounds away from 200 and has 72 career steals.
- Tayra Melendez is a four-year starter and three-year captain who made an impact from her first day in Rhode Island. A two-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and one-time Player of the Week, she ranks second in program history with 148 blocks, fourth in minutes played with 3,261 and eighth in games started with 97. She enters tonight 16 points away from 1,000 career points and also has 577 rebounds, 191 assists and 139 assists.
- Samantha Tabakman is a team captain playing in her 93rd game for the Rams. Wednesday will be her 70th career start. In her first career game she tied a Rhode Island record with six blocked shots and she will finish third in team history with 127 blocked shots. She has 941 career points and ranks 10th in program history with 610 rebounds.
- A three-year captain, Brianna Thomas has been the consummate leader for Rhode Island since arriving on campus. Today is her 88th game and she has 327 career points, 157 rebounds and 94 assists. An excellent free throw shooter, she has shot 77 percent from the line in her career.
WILSON ADDS TO SINGLE-SEASON 3-POINT RECORD
- Charise Wilson made three 3-pointers at Saint Joseph's on Feb. 20 and now has 70 treys this season.
- She broke URI's previous record of 66 by Lindsey O'Neil, set during the 2000-01 season.
- With 70 3-point baskets, Wilson is second in the conference and 30th in the country.
- She leads the A-10 with 2.69 makes per game, which ranks 26th nationally.
- She made a career-high six 3-pointers against George Mason on Feb. 13.
- With 129 3-pointers, she is fourth in URI history.
TABAKMAN LEADING A-10 IN SHOOTING
- Samantha Tabakman leads the Atlantic 10 and is 25th in the country in shooting percentage at .551.
- She is on pace to set Rhode Island's single-season shooting percentage record, currently .543 by Michele Washington in 1984-85.
- Tabakman is fifth in the league and 91st in the country in blocked shots (41).
- Against No. 25 Duquesne on Jan. 13, she scored a career-high 30 points.
- Overall, Tabakman is sixth in the A-10 with 7.9 rebounds per game and 12th in scoring at 13.5 per game.
- She is third in Ram history with 128 blocked shots.
- With 610 career rebounds, she became the 10th player in Rhody history to reach 600.
MELENDEZ, TABAKMAN AND WILSON ALL TAKING AIM AT 1,000 POINTS
- With two games left in the regular season, Rhode Island has three players within striking distance of 1,000 career points.
- Senior Tayra Melendez has 984 career points and needs 16 more to reach the mark.
- Fellow senior Samantha Tabakman has 941 and needs 59 to get to 1,000.Sophomore
- Charise Wilson has an outside shot to reach 1,000 this year. She has 922 and needs 78 to get there.
- There are 19 members of the 1,000-point club in program history. The last woman to reach the milestone was Megan Shoniker, who scored 1,318 points from 2007-11.