Rams Open 2017-18 Season Hosting UMass Lowell Friday at 5 pm

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

THE BASICS
UMass Lowell at Rhode Island
Friday, Nov. 10 - 5 p.m.
Kingston, R.I. - The Ryan Center
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In honor of Veteran's Day weekend, Rhode Island Athletics is offering two free tickets to Friday's game for all active or former service members. Any additional tickets for friends and family are available at a reduced price of $10 a ticket using promo code "URISALUTE".  (Offer extends to the men's basketball game Friday night against UNC Asheville at 7:30 pm, as well as the football game Saturday against Villanova at 12:00 pm.)

RHODE ISLAND VS. UMASS LOWELL - SERIES NOTES

  • Friday's game with be the fifth meeting between the two schools.
  • The Rams are currently undefeated facing the River Hawks, holding a 4-0 advantage over the past four contests.
  • Last time out, Rhode Island defeated UMass Lowell 64-57 on Nov. 29, 2016 in Lowell, Mass.
  • 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.
  • UMass Lowell finished 3-26 last season, going 0-16 in conference play.
  • River Hawks' senior Kayla Gibbs was named to the America East All-Conference Third Team last year after posting 68 assists, 29 steals, 12.0 points per game, and 8.4 rebounds per game. The forward led the conference in field goal percentage (.591) and defensive rebounding (5.7 per game). 

JORGENSEN ENDS 2016-17 ON A BIG NOTE

  • Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen finished the 2016-17 season earning the final back-to-back Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors.
  • In her final three games of the regular season, the Quincy, Mass. native averaged 17.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per contest.
  • Jorgensen posted four double-doubles as a freshman - at Toledo on Nov. 15 (18p/10r), against Richmond on Jan. 14 (16p/14r), against La Salle on Feb. 1 (20p/13r) and against UMass on Feb. 22 (17p/10r).
  • One of only four players to appear in every game last season for the Rams, Jorgensen took big steps at the end of last year that will serve as a strong building block for the season ahead.

MOTRECHUK APPROACHING CAREER BLOCKS RECORD

  • Junior Dina Motrechuk is currently fifth in Rhode Island history with 77 career blocks.
  • She needs 182 to catch Naomi Graves (1978-82), who currently ranks first all-time with 259.
  • Motrechuk led the Atlantic 10 last season with 2.5 blocks per game and 68 total.
  • The 68 blocked shots also ranked third on URI's single-season list.
  • She matched the program's single-game record (6) three times last year - against Bryant (Dec. 4), Dartmouth (Dec. 18) and Massachusetts (Feb. 22).