Rams Host NYIT in Free Exhibition Game Sunday Afternoon

Rams Host NYIT in Free Exhibition Game Sunday Afternoon

NYIT at Rhode Island
Sunday, Nov. 5 - 2 p.m.
Kingston, R.I. - The Ryan Center

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  • Sunday's game will be the first meeting between the two schools.
  • The game is an exhibition and will not count toward either team's official statistics.
  • Admission to the game is free for all guests.
  • Rhode Island finished last season 6-23 (2-14 A-10) in Daynia La-Force's third season with the program. 
  • The Rams reached the quarterfinals of the 2016 Atlantic 10 Tournament, only to fall to Saint Joseph's 77-51.
  • NYIT competes in Division II's East Coast Conference. The Bears were picked second in the league's preseason poll after finishing 18-12 overall and 10-8  in league play a year ago.
  • NYIT's senior point guard Nina Vukosavljevic was voted the East Coast Conference Preseason Player of the Year by the league's coaches.


  • Senior guard Charise Wilson was named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Second Team in voting among the league's head coaches. 
  • Wilson averaged 19.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game during the 2016-17 season.
  • Joining Wilson on the team were Davidson junior guard Justine Lyon, Massachusetts sophomore guard Hailey Leidel, St. Bonaventure senior guard Mariah Ruff and Saint Joseph's senior forward Adashia Franklyn.
  • This is the third time Wilson has been named to the A-10's Preseason All-Conference team. She also collected First Team accolades as a junior and was a Second Team selection her sophomore season.
  • The West Babylon, N.Y. native enters her senior season at Rhode Island averaging 17.3 points per game, 4.5 rpg, 3.7 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game.


  • Rhode Island welcomes seven newcomers to the 2017-18 squad. 
  • Two transfers - Davida Dale and Erin Jones - are among the new faces this season. Dale, a Providence, R.I. native, joins the Rams after spending two years at Syracuse. Jones, from High Bridge, N.J., is a transfer from Hartford.  The two will sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have multiple years of eligibility to play for Rhode Island. 
  • Maia Moffitt (Bay Shore, N.Y.), Abby Streeter (Nashua, N.H.), and Jessica Rogers (Rutherford, N.J.) also join the Rams as freshmen in 2017-18, as do classmates Marta Vargas and Kasey Gagan
  • A native of Amadora, Portugal, Vargas comes to Rhody with several years of experience playing for the Portuguese National Team. Gagan joins the Rams as a walk-on from Warwick, R.I.


  • Rhode Island averaged 6.2 three pointers last year, which ranked fifth in the conference.
  • The Rams had 163 blocked shots in 2016-17, setting a new single-season team record.
  • Rhody has blocked 100 or more shots in four straight seasons. 
  • Redshirt-sophomore guard Laura Perez and senior guard Charise Wilson will serve as team captains this year.