Women’s: Rhode Island @ Massachusetts - 12/8/20
In Amherst this past Tuesday, the University of Rhode Island women's basketball team fell 79-69 to the UMass Minutewomen in their first conference game of the season.
The Rams had a tough time finding momentum from the minute they stepped onto the court. The Minutewomen on the other hand, ran the court solidifying a solid 12-point lead before allowing the Rams to even score.
Leading the Rams in scoring was redshirt junior, Emmanuelle Tahane. She dominated the Rhode Island side of the court with 22 points, nine boards, and five assists. Tahane swept in all of Rhode Island’s points in the first quarter.
Going into halftime, the Rams were down by 12. They came back onto the court but could not keep up with the Massachusetts offense. Destiney Philoxy and Sydney Taylor both put up 19 points, and following was Ber’Nyah Mayo with 18.
With 10 minutes left Rhode Island cut their deficit to four, but still seemed to trail behind. The final buzzer sounded and the scoreboard read a ten-point win in favor of the Ram’s A-10 Conference rival.
In the fourth quarter, the Rams only made 6-of-20 field goals, not the best offensively.
Reiss and her Rams are back in the Ryan Center tomorrow evening, still trying to clench their first win of the season. The UMaine Black Bears will head down to Kingston with tipoff set for 6 p.m. EST.
Men’s: Rhode Island @ Wisconsin - 12/9/20
David Cox and his Rams took a last-minute trip to the University of Wisconsin to take on the Badgers, who eradicated Rhode Island’s three-game win streak.
Since Jermaine Harris stayed back in Rhode Island with a “minor illness,” non-COVID related, Cox had to adjust his starting five. He opted for: Fatts Russell, Jeremy Sheppard, Antwan Walker, Malik Martin, and Makhel Mitchell.
The Rams struggled to find their rhythm the first half of the game, allowing the Badgers to dominate on their home court. Rhode Island only managed to put up 16 in the first half, making only seven of the shots they attempted from the field.
Brad Davison of Wisconsin, had a game-high of 23 points. He outscored the Rams halftime score with three three-point shots, one layup and six made free throws in only the first 20 minutes of play. This forced a 33-16 lead for Wisconsin going into halftime.
Makhel Mitchell made an effort to start a comeback in the second half, but Wisconsin’s offense was clearly stronger. Defensively, the Rams combined for a total of 34 rebounds. Walker contributed 10 before fouling out of the game nearing the end of the second half.
A three-point jumper from Sheppard was the last of a 9-0 Rhody run with less than five minutes remaining. This was the closest the Rams ever got to the Badgers, straggling by eight. Sheppard led the Rams in points with 13, making 3-of-4 three-point attempts.
Wisconsin retaliated, ending the game 73-62, making them undefeated at home. The Rams have yet to earn a road win but they'll have another shot this Sunday when the team heads to Western Kentucky University. Tipoff is scheduled for noon EST.