CBS Sports Network to Air Rhody-La Salle Contest Saturday

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

THE BASICS
Rhode Island (2-17, 0-6 A-10) vs. La Salle (6-12, 1-4 A-10)
Saturday, Jan. 20 - 11:00 a.m.
The Ryan Center - Kingston, R.I.
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RHODE ISLAND VS. LA SALLE - SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday will be the 33rd meeting between Rhode Island and La Salle.
  • La Salle holds a 26-6 advantage in the all-time series.
  • The last Rhody win came on Feb. 3, 2016 when the Rams defeated the Explorers 62-52 in Kingston, R.I.
  • The first meeting between the two schools was on Jan. 1, 1985 in Coral Gables, Fl. La Salle had the victory, 64-57.
  • La Salle's Amy Griffin was named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason First Team.
  • Griffin is leading the Explorers with an average of 14.9 points per game, while grabbing 5.9 rebounds per game.
  • Shalina Miller is fourth in the conference with a 52.5 field goal percentage.
  • Last time out, Adreana Miller poured in a season-high 25 points as La Salle fell to Duquesne 78-50 on Jan. 17.
  • Rhode Island is looking for its first conference win in the contest.

ROSS RECORDING CAREER-HIGHS IN 2017-18

  • Junior Jalissa Ross scored a career-high 13 points in the Ram's loss at St. Bonaventure.
  • Ross had career-highs in rebounds (11), assists (6), and blocks (4) in the game against Richmond. She also added nine points, narrowly missing her first-career double-double.
  • She went a career-best 7-of-9 from the free throw line against Holy Cross.
  • The Roxbury, Mass. native has started in all but one game this season, averaging 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. She was contributing 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds a year ago.

SMILE FOR THE CAMERA

  • Saturday's game will be nationally televised through CBS Sports Network.
  • It is the first TV game for the Rams this season.
  • Joel Godett will handle the play-by-play, and Swin Cash will be the color analyst.

ALS AWARENESS GAME

  • Saturday's game will feature awareness for ALS in support of former Rhode Island player Tammy Webster (1990-1994).
  • ALS is a progressive and fatal neurlogical disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles.
  • There are currently no known cures for ALS but science keeps advancing and developing new treatments.
  • To make a donation to help Tammy's fight against ALS, please click here.

LAST TIME OUT - RHODE ISLAND FALLS AT ST. BONAVENTURE 81-70

  • A late-game spurt was not enough for the Rams as they dropped their sixth conference game at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 17.
  • The first period of play was back and forth for both teams, as Rhode Island entered the second down just four points (21-17).
  • However a quick 6-0 start for St. Bonaventure set the pace for the period.
  • Rhode Island could not get a basket until 5:16 when a Jalissa Ross jumper got Rhody on the board.
  • But it wasn't enough to get the Rams rolling as the Bonnies went into the break up 41-25.
  • St. Bonaventure held URI's leading scorer Nicole Jorgensen without a field goal until 2:49 left in the third quarter.
  • The Rams went on a 19-11 run to cut the deficit to 11 points in the fourth - backed by 12 points from Jorgensen - with 39 seconds remaining to play.
  • However the Rams could not fight back fast enough as time ran out in regulation.
  • Redshirt sophomore Elemy Colome had a team-high 18 points. She added seven assists and two rebounds.
  • Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen had 16 points – all in the final two periods. She registered her fourth double-double of the season with 11 rebounds, while adding three blocks in 20 minutes of play before fouling out.
  • Junior Jalissa Ross had a career-high 13 points and added four rebounds and a blocked shot.
  • Rhode Island forced St. Bonaventure to 16 turnovers. The Rams scored 12 points off of those miscues.
  • It was the first time all season the Rams had less turnovers than their opponent, committing a season-low 15.
  • Points in the paint were knotted at 30-30.