Posted: Mar 01, 2019
RHODE ISLAND vs. MASSACHUSETTS
Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m.
The Ryan Center - Kingston, R.I.
RHODE ISLAND VS. MASSACHUSETTS - SERIES NOTES
- The Rams host their final game of the season against Massachusetts Saturday afternoon.
- It will be the last appearance in the Ryan Center for centers Gabrielle Green and Dina Motrechuk, guard Laura Perez, and forward Jalissa Ross.
- Saturday will be the 82nd meeting between Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and the second time this year.
- The Minutewomen hosted the Rams last time out and took the 56-34 victory at the Mullins Center. Massachusetts held Rhody to its lowest scoring performance of the season.
- The Minutewomen have won three of the last four contests.
- The last Rhody win came on Feb. 22, 2017 at the Ryan Center. The Rams edged the Minutewomen 53-50.
- The Rams are looking to continue it's winning swing, most recently beating Davidson on the road 64-58. Massachusetts is also entering the game coming off a win, defeating Richmond 64-38.
- Rhode Island leads the Atlantic 10 with 5.3 blocked shots per game. Massachusetts is 11th, averaging 2.2 stops per contest.
- Massachusetts' Hailey Leidel leads the team with 12.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
INTRODUCING YOUR 2019 GRADUATING CLASS
- Saturday's game will be the last home contest for four Rams - Gabrielle Green, Dina Motrechuk, Laura Perez, and Jalissa Ross.
- Green has appeared in 30 career games after missing her freshman year with an injury. A product of Ellicot City, Maryland, the center had a career-high five points and five rebounds against Dartmouth last year. This season, she's seen playing time in nine games, including wins at Robert Morris, Vermont, the Ocean State Tip Off Tournament win against Providence, and last time out at Davidson.
- Motrechuk enters Saturday's game fourth in Rhode Island history with 128 career blocks. This year, she set the program's single game record of eight blocks in the Ram's win at Saint Louis. She matched the previous record of six three times her sophomore year - against Bryant, Dartmouth and Massachusetts. During her sophomore season, the center led the Atlantic 10 with 68 total blocks - third best all-time in one season at Rhode Island.
- After battling injury her first two years with the Rams, Perez has appeared in 59 career games and made her first career start last season against Providence. She has represented her home country of Mexico throughout her four years, including an appearance in the FISU Pan-American Games this past summer in Sao Paulo, Brazil where she helped lead her team to a bronze medal. A positive impact off the bench, the Tijuana, Mexico native dished out a career-high three assists in six minutes of play against Duquesne this season.
- Ross had a season-high four blocks to lead the Rams to tying the program's second best blocks made in a game, stopping 11 shots against Brown. She has started in 79 of 108 games she's appeared in and her 70 career blocks rank her fifth in Rhode Island history. The Roxbury, Massachusetts product enters Saturday's game with 520 career points and 408 career rebounds.
2019 ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONSHIP
- The 2019 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship will be March 8-10 hosted by Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. with all 14 teams taking part in the tournament.
- The top two teams in the conference earn a bye.
- The first round will be featured on campus sites beginning on Tuesday, March 5.
- Semifinal Saturday on CBS Sports Network tips off at 11:00 a.m., followed by the second semifinal at 1:30 p.m.
- The Championship game will air on ESPNU Sunday at noon.