Rhody Visits Penn in Friday Afternoon Contest

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at Penn
Friday, Dec. 22 - 1 p.m.
The Palestra - Philadelphia, Penn.
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RHODE ISLAND VS. PENN - SERIES NOTES

  • Rhode Island and Penn have met just once before in the all-time series between the schools.
  • In the last meeting, the Quakers defeated Rhody 75-43 on Jan. 18, 2016 in Kingston, R.I.
  • The Rams are making their first trip in program history to the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Rhode Island has yet to win a game on the road this season, posting an 0-6 away record.
  • Michelle Nwokedi leads the Quakers with an average of 12.3 points per game. She is also the leading rebounder, grabbing an average of 6.7 boards per game.
  • Penn owns a record of 3-4 in the 2017-18 season, most recently defeating Saint Joseph's 57-50 on Dec. 11. 

JORGENSEN LEADS THE RAMS

  • Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen leads Rhode Island with an average of 11.9 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game. She ranks fifth in the A-10 with a 53.4 field goal percentage.
  • Jorgensen returned for the Rams in games against Bryant (12/2) and Providence (12/3) after missing four games due to injury. She scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds, two assists, and one block in the two contests.
  • The Quincy, Mass. native 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).
  • She recorded her fifth career double-double this season against Fairfield on Dec. 11 (19p/10r).
  • Jorgensen finished 2016-17 earning the final back-to-back Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors.
  • In her final three games of the regular season, she averaged 17.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per contest. 

LAST TIME OUT - HOLY CROSS HOLDS OFF RAMS, 69-63

  • A fast start was not enough for Rhode Island, as the Rams fell 69-63 to Holy Cross on Dec. 17.
  • Rhode Island opened the game with its strongest quarter of the season, building an 18-9 lead after one period.
  • Freshman Abby Streeter and sophomore Nicole Jorgensen combined for 11 of Rhody's points. On the defensive end, the Rams held Holy Cross to just 28.7 percent from the floor.
  • The Crusaders came back in the second quarter. After hitting just 1-for-7 from 3-point range in the opening period, Holy Cross was 3-for-7 in the second quarter. That helped open the floor for forward Lauren Manis, who scored five points in the period.
  • After Rhode Island led by as many 10, Holy Cross managed to tie the score on a Manis layup with 56 seconds left in the half.
  • Freshman Marta Vargas made two free throws with 27 seconds on the clock to send Rhody into the break up 30-28.
  • Holy Cross limited the Rams to seven points in the third quarter. Infiniti Thomas-Waheed scored seven by herself and Manis added four as the Crusaders built a 43-37 lead going to the final period.
  • The lead grew to as many as 10 points before Rhode Island began to chip away. Jorgensen scored four straight points to pull the Rams within 51-47 with 6:25 to go.
  • That was as close as the score got the rest of the way as Holy Cross held on for the victory.
  • In total, 10 different players scored points for the Rams.
  • Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen led the way with team-high 11 points and seven rebounds. She also blocked one shot and had one of URI's five assists on the afternoon.
  • Freshman Abby Streeter also scored in double figures, finishing with 10 points and three rebounds for the Rams.
  • Freshman Maia Moffitt set new career highs in minutes played (27), points scored (7) and rebounds (7). She also had one steal and one assist.
  • Sophomore Ednaija Lassiter grabbed six rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked one shot.
  • Junior Jalissa Ross had nine points - seven of which came from the free-throw line.
  • Redshirt freshman Meghan Oberg scored eight points with four rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 15 minutes.
  • Holy Cross held a 42-32 rebounding advantage and committed just nine turnovers to Rhody's 20.
  • The Crusaders outscored the Rams in the paint by a 36-28 margin.