Rams Set to Host Third Annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament Saturday

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

RHODE ISLAND vs. PROVIDENCE
Saturday, Dec. 1 at 12:00 p.m.
The Ryan Center - Kingston, R.I.
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OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT COMES TO KINGSTON

  • Rhode Island will serve as host of the Third Annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament on Dec. 1-2 at The Ryan Center.
  • The tournament will feature all four NCAA Division I teams in the state of Rhode Island - Brown, Bryant, Providence, and URI.
  • Rhody will host PC in the first game of the day on Dec. 1 at Noon, followed by the match-up between Bryant and Brown at 2:00 p.m.
  • The winner of each game will advance to the championship game on Dec. 2 at 2:00 p.m. The consolation game will be played at Noon.

RHODE ISLAND VS. PROVIDENCE - SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday's game will be the 49th meeting between the two schools. Providence holds the advantage in the series, 37-11.
  • The Friars have won four of the last five contests.
  • The last Rhody win came on Dec. 14, 2014 in a 63-56 victory at Providence.
  • Rhode Island welcomes the Friars to the Ryan Center for the third-annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament.
  • The Rams have dropped the last two contests against PC in the tournament. Last time out, Rhody fell 65-41.

RHODE ISLAND VS. BROWN/BRYANT - SERIES NOTES

  • Rhode Island will face Brown or Bryant on Sunday. Depending on the outcome of Saturday's matchup, the Rams will either play in the 12:00 p.m. consolation or the 2:00 p.m. championship game.
  • The Rams have a 23-14 advantage in the series against Brown.
  • The last time Rhody faced Brown was at the 2016 Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament with the Bears taking the 76-65 win.
  • Rhode Island is knotted 3-3 in the all-time series with Bryant.
  • The Rams dropped last year's contest against the Bulldogs in the Tournament, 65-41.

DALE STEALS THE SHOW

  • Rhode Island redshirt junior Davida Dale leads the Atlantic 10 with 2.8 steals per game.
  • She had a career-high six steals in the victory over North Dakota on Nov. 27.
  • Dale was the first Ram to grab six steals in a single game since Charise Wilson did so in the game against VCU on Feb. 17, 2016.
  • The Providence, R.I. native had two steals in each of the first four games of the season.
  • In the win against North Dakota, Dale had a career-high 22 points and added seven rebounds.
  • She's seventh in the conference with 6.8 rebounds per game.
  • She made her long-awaited Rhode Island debut in the season opener against Boston College on Nov. 8.
  • A transfer from Syracuse, Dale sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.
  • Dale is the second leading scorer for the Rams, averaging 13.8 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game.
  • She grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in the win at Robert Morris, including four offensive boards.

LAST TIME OUT: Rhody Eases Past North Dakota, 77-63

  • Rhode Island defeated North Dakota 77-63 Nov. 27 at the Ryan Center, improving to 3-2 on the season and matching last year's win total just five games into the 2018-19 campaign.
  • The teams got off to a slow start as they were a combined 4-for-20 from the field through the game's first five and a half minutes.
  • The Rams closed the quarter on an 8-4 run however, as Nicole Jorgensen and Davida Dale each scored four points during the push that put Rhody up 12-8.
  • Rhode Island (3-2) stretched its lead to 11 after a 3-pointer by Dale gave the Rams a 23-12 lead with 5:25 to go in the first half.
  • Meanwhile, the Rhody defense held North Dakota (1-4) without a field goal for a span of 5:13, eventually taking a 29-22 lead into the break.
  • The Rams continued to apply the pressure in the third quarter, taking a 17-point lead after a pair of Meghan Oberg free throws made it a 50-33 game with 1:42 remaining in the period.
  • Rhody remained on top by double digits the rest of the way, cruising to the 77-63 victory.
  • Redshirt juniors Davida Dale (22) and Elemy Colome (20) combined for 42 of Rhody's 77 points on the night.
  • Dale also recorded seven rebounds, six steals, five assists and one block before fouling out.
  • Colome - who connected on a career-best 8-of-9 attempts from the foul line - added four boards, two assists and one steal.
  • Junior Nicole Jorgensen registered 10 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and 14th of her career. She also blocked a pair of shots for the Rams.
  • Sophomore Maia Moffitt was the fourth Ram to score in double figures, finishing the game with 10 points, three rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists.
  • Redshirt sophomore Meghan Oberg was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. She also hit a 3-pointer to finish the night with nine points.
  • As a team, Rhode Island outscored North Dakota in the paint, 40-22, and held a 20-9 advantage in fast break points.
  • The game featured two lead changes and three ties. URI led for a total of 32:59.
  • The Rams and Fighting Hawks combined for 54 free throws on the night. Rhody was 24-for-29 from the line while North Dakota was 23-of-25.

BLOCK PARTY

  • Rhode Island is second in the Atlantic 10 in blocked shots per game, averaging 5.0 per contest.
  • Only VCU is ahead of Rhody with 5.6 stops a game.
  • Junior Nicole Jorgensen is second in the conference with 1.8 blocks per contest.
  • Senior Dina Motrechuk is a close third, averaging 1.75 blocks per game.