Rhode Island Returns Home to Host Fairfield Monday Night

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

THE BASICS
Fairfield (3-8) at Rhode Island (1-8) 
Monday, Dec. 11 - 7 p.m.
Ryan Center - Kingston, R.I.
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Rhode Island women's basketball welcomes you to take a study break on Monday, Dec. 11 and come out to the Ryan Center to play with puppies and take part in a pre-game free yoga class (starting at 6:15 p.m.). Free stress balls and T-Shirts will be given to the first 100 students.

RHODE ISLAND VS. FAIRFIELD - SERIES NOTES

  • Monday's game will be the ninth time meeting between the two schools. The all-time record is split at 4-4.
  • In the last meeting, Rhode Island defeated Fairfield 72-65 on Nov. 23, 2016 in Fairfield, Conn.
  • The first contest between the schools came on Feb. 17, 1982 in Fairfield, Conn. where the Stags beat the Rams 74-67.
  • Fairfield is 3-6 so far in the 2017-18 season, most recently falling to #20/22 Villanova 73-44 on Dec. 6.
  • Samantha Cooper leads the Stags in scoring this season, averaging 15.6 points per game. Cooper is also leading in rebounds per game, with an average of 10.0.
  • Fairfield is 1-3 on the road this year, and 1-2 all-time at the Ryan Center.

LAST TIME OUT - RAMS CAN'T KEEP UP WITH MICHIGAN STATE, FALL 82-38

  • Rhode Island shot a season-low 23.9 percent, connecting on just 11-of-46 field goal attempts, in an 82-38 loss at Michigan State on Dec. 9.
  • The Spartans set the tone early on, leading by as many as 12 points (22-10) in the first quarter and never letting the Rams back within double digits.
  • URI held MSU without a field goal for a span of nearly six minutes in the second quarter, but the Rams were unable to capitalize on the Spartans' scoring drought as they went 1-for-11 with four turnovers during the stretch.
  • Michigan State limited Rhody to just one layup through the remainder of the half, as Taryn McCutcheon drained her third 3-ball of the afternoon to send the Spartans into halftime with a 40-18 lead.
  • Michigan State scored the first four points after the break, pushing it's advantage to 44-18. A minute later, after a block by Nicole Jorgensen, Jalissa Ross connected on a jumper and Abby Streeter followed with a make from the perimeter to cut the deficit to 21 (44-23).
  • The Rams finished with 17 points in the quarter - their most productive period of the game - but followed with a three-point effort in the fourth as Michigan State eased its way to the 82-38 win.
  • Thirteen of Rhody's 38 points came from the free-throw line, as the Rams missed just one attempt from the charity stripe.
  • The Rams made a season-low 11 field goals in the loss as no player made more than two shots.
  • Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen was URI's leading scorer with eight points. She was 1-of-6 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
  • Freshman Abby Streeter scored seven points in 25 minutes off the bench, followed by redshirt freshman Meghan Oberg, who registered six points in 25 minutes as a starter.
  • Junior Jalissa Ross led Rhody in rebounding with five boards. Oberg was next, with four - three of which came on the offensive glass.
  • Freshman Marta Vargas recorded a team-high three steals, but also led Rhode Island in turnovers, with six.
  • For the game, the Rams turned the ball over 30 times and combined for just six assists.
  • URI's 30 turnovers led directly to 30 Michigan State points.
  • The Spartans out-rebounded the Rams 39-29, out-scored Rhody in the paint 36-10, and held a 20-2 advantage in fast-break points.
  • MSU also finished with 21 assists, compared to URI's six.
  • Four players scored in double figures for Michigan State: Sidney Cooks (17), Shay Colley (14), Taya Reimer (13) and Taryn McCutcheon (13).