Rhode Island (3-17, 1-6 A-10) at George Washington (8-10, 3-3 A-10)
Wednesday, Jan. 24 - 11:00 a.m.
Smith Center - Washington, DC
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RHODE ISLAND VS. GEORGE WASHINGTON - SERIES NOTES
- Wednesday will be the 47th meeting between Rhode Island and George Washington.
- George Washington holds a 40-6 advantage in the all-time series, defeating the Rams in the last seven straight contests.
- The last Rhody win came on Jan. 12, 2010 when the Rams defeated the Colonials 59-51 in Kingston, R.I.
- GW is 3-3 in conference play. They are 4-5 at home this season.
- Senior Brianna Cummings leads the Colonials with 14.4 points per game. She's started in every game so far in 2017-18 and is averaging 6.2 rebounds per game.
- Last time out, Cummings turned in another double-digit scoring effort to lead GW - her team-leading 14th of the season - by finishing with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the Colonial's loss at Dayton.
- Senior Kelli Prange finished just shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, while junior Kelsi Mahoney hit a quartet of 3-pointers for 12 points, along with five rebounds.
- Junior Mei-Lyn Bautista is third in the conference with 2.3 steals per game.
LAST TIME OUT - Hot-Shooting Vargas Leads Rhody Past La Salle, 72-63
- Freshman Marta Vargas poured in a career-high 26 points, leading Rhode Island to a 72-63 victory over La Salle on Jan. 20
- The win snapped Rhode Island's nine-game losing streak dating back to Dec. 11.
- La Salle got off to a hot start, scoring straight points and leading 9-4 after a 3-pointer by Adreana Miller with 6:17 on the clock.
- Rhode Island used a 14-4 run to close out the quarter though, leading 19-13 after 10 minutes of play.
- The Explorers tied things up 25-25 midway through the second, and led by as much as six after a three-point play by Sofilia Ngwafang.
- Rhody closed the gap in the final minutes however, as a pair of free throws by Jalissa Ross, followed by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Marta Vargas, sent the Rams into the break trailing 33-32.
- The Rams came out of the locker room and used a 13-6 push to move back in front by six.
- An Amy Griffin jumper got La Salle back within two with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter, but Rhody ended the frame on top 53-46.
- The Explorers fought their way back in the fourth and tied things up at 54-54 before pulling ahead on a Griffin jumper with 6:54 remaining, but it was all Rhody the rest of the way.
- URI outscored La Salle 18-7 through the remainder of regulation to cruise to the 72-63 win.
- Freshman Marta Vargas led all players with a game-high 26 points. She was 7-of-12 from the field - including a perfect 3-for-3 from long range - and connected on nine of her 12 free throw attempts.
- Vargas also dished out a pair of assists and had two steals for the Rams.
- Junior Jalissa Ross nearly double-doubled, registering 14 points and nine rebounds to go along with two assists.
- Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen also scored in double figures for the Rams, finishing with 10 points in 17 minutes before fouling out. She also added four boards, one block and one steal.
- Freshman Maia Moffitt recorded a game- and career- best four steals while also registering five points, three rounds and two assists.
- As a team, Rhode Island was 44.4 percent (24-54) from the field, marking the team's best shooting percentage in its last 10 games.
- URI also connected on a season-best 54.5 percent of its 3-point attempts, hitting six of its 11 shots from behind the arc.
- Rhode Island held a 34-33 edge in rebounding and recorded 10 steals to La Salle's five.
- The Rams also forced the Explorers into 23 turnovers and scored 33 points off those miscues.
YEAR OF IMPROVEMENT
- Three players have averaged more points per game this season than they averaged in all of 2016-17.
- Sophomore Nicole Jorgensen is averaging 12.8 points in 16 games this year, after missing four contests due to injury. She averaged 7.0 points per game a year ago.
- Junior Jalissa Ross averages 6.8 points per game, compared to her 4.4 points per game last year.
- Sophomore Laura Perez is averaging 1.8 points in 17 games this year. She was out after the second game of the 2016-17 season due to injury.
- Newcomers Abby Streeter (9.2), Elemy Colome (7.0), Marta Vargas (6.6), Meghan Oberg (4.2), Maia Moffitt (3.7), Gabrielle Green (1.5), and Kasey Gagan (0.6) are combining for 32.8 points per game so far this season.
VICTORY BACKED BY VARGAS
- Freshman Marta Vargas scored a career-high 26 points in the Ram's 72-63 win over La Salle.
- The Amadora, Portugal native was 7-of-12 from the field - including a perfect 3-for-3 from long range - and connected on nine of her 12 free throw attempts.
- She added three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in her fourth consecutive start for the Rams.
- The victory was the first conference win for Rhody. It also snapped a nine-game losing streak dating back to Dec. 11.
STREETER FOR THREE
- Freshman Abby Streeter is making her presence known beyond the arc.
- The second leading scorer for Rhody is ranked sixth in the Atlantic 10 making 2.4 3-pointers per game.
- She's gone a career-best 5-of-7 from beyond the arc twice this season- against UMass Lowell and against Fairfield.
- Streeter had a team-high 14 points against George Mason, sinking four treys.
- The Nashua, N.H. native has started in 11 consecutive games and averages 9.2 points per game.