Tammi Reiss Era Begins as Rams Open 2019-20 Season Against LIU Thursday

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

RHODE ISLAND vs LIU
Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m.
The Ryan Center - Kingston, R.I.

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RHODE ISLAND VS. LIU - SERIES NOTES

  • Thursday will be the first meeting between Rhode Island and the new LIU program.
  • LIU is in its first season of competition since LIU Brooklyn and LIU Post merged into one team.
  • The Sharks were picked eighth in the NEC Preseason poll.
  • LIU sophomore Brandy Thomas was selected to the Preseason All-NEC Team after earning ECAC and & NEC Rookie of the Year, third team All-NEC and All-Rookie team honors a year ago.
  • Along with Thomas, the Sharks return three starters from last season, including third team All-NEC honoree Jeydah Johnson.
  • LIU opens its season Tuesday against Saint Peter's before the Sharks make their way to Kingston.
  • The teams are facing off under first-year head coaches. LIU announced Rene Haynes as the Shark's head coach after spending the last five seasons at Duke, while Rhode Island is entering the Tammi Reiss era on Thursday. 

JORGENSEN NAMED TO ATLANTIC 10 PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM

  • Rhode Island senior Nicole Jorgensen has been named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Third team, the league announced last Thursday.
  • It is the second straight year Jorgensen has earned the conference Preseason Third Team honors.
  • In voting among the A-10's head coaches, Jorgensen was one of five players named to the preseason all-conference team.
  • As a junior, the center was second on the team in scoring, with an average of 13.2 points per game. She led the Rams in rebounds, getting 7.7 boards per contest.
  • Joining Jorgensen on the third team were Richmond's Jaide Hinds-Clarke, Massachusett's Destinee Philoxy, Brooke Flowers from Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure's Deja Francis, and Sydney Zambrotta from George Washington.
  • The Quincy, Mass. native enters her senior year averaging 11.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game.
  • Last season, she was named the conference Player of the Week after scoring a game-high 26 points in Rhody's comeback victory over Richmond. She also earned two Rookie of the Week nods during her freshman campaign.
  • Jorgensen has posted 19 career double-doubles during her three years with the Rams.
  • She set the program record with 17 field goals made against Fordham her sophomore season.

RAMS PICKED 12TH IN A-10 PRESEASON COACHES POLL

  • Rhode Island was picked to finish 12th in the 2019-20 Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll.
  • The conference announced on Oct.  29 that VCU was picked to win the conference in voting among the league's head coaches with 11 first-place votes.
  • Dayton, Fordham, and Saint Louis each earned one first-place vote for second, third, and fourth.
  • Davidson was selected to finish fifth.
  • Rounding out the top 10 was George Mason (116), George Washington (114), Massachusetts (107), Duquesne (98), and Saint Joseph's (67).

JORGENSEN APPROACHING 1,000 POINTS

  • Rhode Island senior Nicole Jorgensen is on track to reach 1,000 points in her last year with the Rams.
  • With 961 career points, Jorgensen needs 39 points to be the 22nd Ram in program history to reach the 1,000 club.
  • Last season, Jorgensen scored 370 points in 28 games, averaging 13.2 points per game.
  • The Quincy, Mass. native set the record her sophomore year with 17 field goals made in a game against Fordham.
  • She went 17-of-22 from the field, cruising past the record previously held by Charise Wilson who had 15 field goals against Samford on Nov. 20, 2016.
  • The 35 points were the third-best points scored in a single game.
  • The last Ram to score 35 points in a game was Megan Shoniker against Saint Louis on Feb. 13, 2011. Shoniker reached this milestone twice in one season.