Reiss Adds Transfers Marie-Paule Foppossi and Emmanuelle Tahane

Photo Credit:  Nick Lisi, Christina Long
Photo Credit: Nick Lisi, Christina Long

Rhode Island head coach Tammi Reiss announced the addition of transfers Marie-Paule Foppossi and Emmanuelle Tahane to the women's basketball roster.

After sitting out a redshirt season as a freshman at Syracuse, Foppossi appeared in 17 games for the Orange last season.

"I am so thrilled to have Marie-Paule join our Rhody basketball family," Reiss said. "She is an amazing young woman with high character, morals and values. Marie-Paule is a versatile player with the ability to play multiple positions and score in a variety of ways. I have had the pleasure of coaching her at Syracuse and couldn't be happier that she decided to start this journey with me at URI."

Foppossi has extensive international experience as well. A native of France, she was a member of the French U20 National Team that finished sixth at the FIBA U20 European Championship. She served as team captain for France's U20 team that placed fourth at the 2017 FIBA U20 European Championship where she averaged 12.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per contest. In 2017, Foppossi guided France to a fifth-place finish at the FIBA U19 World Cup in where she led the team in scoring, averaging 10.4 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per contest. She also represented France at the 2015 U18 European Championship.

Foppossi attended Lycee Marcelin Berthelot in France.

The 6-1 Tahane played in 26 games for Missouri during the 2018-19 season. She averaged 1.2 points in 5.6 minutes per game.

"I am ecstatic to welcome Emmanuelle to the Ram Family," Reiss added. "She is an explosive athlete who can score on the block with her back to the basket, runs the floor and finishes in transition and can face up and shoot the mid-range jumper or attack the basket. She possesses every intangible I look for in a student-athlete, and I thank her for committing to a vision and our program."

Also native of France, Tahane has experience representing her country as well, appearing in back-to-back U16 European Championships, in addition to an appearance in the FIBA U17 Women's World Championship. She led the U17 team with 11.3 points per game, including a personal-best 17-point performance against Czech Republic. Tahane earned a spot on France's FIBA U18 Women's European Championship roster and helped her squad win the European title. She chipped in 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game as France rattled off seven consecutive victories to finish the tournament undefeated.

Tahane attended Marcelin Berthelot High School in Saint Maur Des Fosses, France, where she averaged 10 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest.

Due to NCAA transfer rules, both Tahane and Foppossi will sit out the 2019-20 season.