Lady Rams Host Quinnipiac In First Round Of WNIT Friday

Rhode Island will make just its second postseason appearance in program history

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Rhode Island will make just its second postseason appearance in program history after receiving a bid to the WNIT Sunday. With Dayton receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, Rhode Island (22-6) will make a WNIT appearance by way of automatic berth as the second-highest seed in the Atlantic 10.  Rhode Island will face Quinnipiac on Friday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ryan Center. The game will be televised on YurView, Cox channel 4.

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RHODE ISLAND (22-6) vs. QUINNIPIAC (20-11)
Friday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m.
The Ryan Center (Kingston, R.I.)

RHODE ISLAND IN THE POSTSEASON

  • Rhode Island makes just its second appearance in the postseason, welcoming Quinnipiac to the Ryan Center Friday for the first round of the WNIT.
  • The Rams received an automatic berth to the WNIT after Dayton was an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament.
  • It’s the first-ever WNIT appearance for the Rams. Rhode Island made just one postseason appearance in 1995-96, when it earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
  • Rhody lost 90-82 to Oklahoma State on March 15, 1996 in its only postseason game.
  • Rhode Island would pick up its first postseason victory in program history with a win Friday.

RHODE ISLAND VS. QUINNIPIAC – SERIES NOTES

  • Quinnipiac leads the all-time series 5-0. The Rams are looking for their first win in the series.
  • The teams met in Tammi Reiss‘ first year at the helm, with the Bobcats taking a 75-63 victory on Dec. 21, 2019.
  • No current Rams saw the floor in the last meeting. Marta Vargas was sidelined with injury, while Marie-Paule Foppossi and Emmanuelle Tahane had to sit out due to transfer rules.
  • Rhode Island fell to Saint Joseph’s last time out at the Atlantic 10 Tournament Quarterfinal. Quinnipiac is coming off a 72-59 loss to Manhattan in the MAAC Semifinal.
  • The Bobcats are 20-11 on the year, while the Rams have a historic 22-6 season.
  • The first meeting between the schools came Dec. 11, 1999.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

  • The Rams beat the Bonnies in the last home game of the season, finishing 12-1 at the Ryan Center.
  • It is the best record on home court in program history.
  • The Rams went 12-3 in Kingston in the 1982-83 season.
  • Before falling to Dayton in Kingston, the Rams had a 17-game win streak at the Ryan Center, the program’s longest.
  • The game against the Flyers drew the largest crowd of the season, with 2,415 in the stands.
  • The Rams have never won 13 games at home.
Marie-Paule Foppossi
Marie-Paule Foppossi – Photo Courtesy URI Athletics