Rhody Women’s Basketball Earns Double-Bye, Top Four Seed in A10 Tournament with Senior Day Win

Rhode Island had one of the most efficient offensive performances in program history, knocking off VCU, 87-68, to clinch the No. 4 seed and a double bye in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship.

The first quarter was explosive on both sides. Rhode Island scored the first six points of the game and led by as many as 12 points when Vargas hit a fastbreak layup off a turnover to make the score 16-4 with 3:44 to go in the quarter. VCU ended the quarter on a 14-4 run that included six points from Sarah Te-Biasu. The teams combined to make 11 of the final 13 shots of the quarter. A layup from Emmanuelle Tahane just before the buzzer gave URI a 20-18 lead after one period.

Rhode Island opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run to open a nine-point lead. Yanni Hendley and Tahane hit the first two baskets, and Vargas drained a 3-pointer. The lead got to as many as 11 points, and never got below eight as the Rams scored a season-high 48 points before the break, taking a nine-point lead into the locker room.

Foppossi put the team on her back in the third quarter, repeatedly driving past the VCU’s defense to get to the basket. Foppossi scored 10 in the third quarter alone, as Rhody’s lead hovered around 15 points throughout the period. Heading into the fourth, Rhode Island led, 66-51.

VCU scored the first couple baskets of the fourth quarter, but Rhode Island put the game away with back-to-back 3-point shots from Foppossi and Johanna Muzet. The two possessions gave URI a 74-57 lead with 6:33 to go, focing VCU to call timeout. Rhode Island cruised to the win to cap one of the most successful regular seasons in program history.

Inside the Box Score
The 11 Atlantic 10 victories are the second most in program history, behind only the 13-3 mark Rhode Island had in 1995-96.
This is just the third time in program history URI has had a winning record in A-10 play.
The win was the first in program history over VCU. VCU won all eight of the previous meetings.
Rhode Island shot 68.6 percent as a team, hitting 35-of-51 from the field. That included 7-of-12 from 3-point range.
Redshirt sophomore Marie-Paule Foppossi scored a career-high 32 points on 12-of-16 shooting. She was 6-of-7 at the free throw. She also had six assists and four rebounds.
Redshirt junior Emmanuelle Tahane had 25 points on 11-of-13 from the floor. She just missed a double-double, grabbing nine rebounds.
Senior Marta Vargas added 15 points while making 6-of-9 from the field. She was 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
Graduate senior Johanna Muzet had six points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals. Before the game, she was honored as the team’s lone senior.
Redshirt sophomore Yanni Hendley had six points and three rebounds. She made all three of her shot attempts.
Rhode Island outscored VCU in the paint, 50-34.
Up Next
Rhode Island has earned a double by in the Atlantic 10 Championship. The Rams will be the No. 4 seed and play Friday at 2 p.m. The championship is being held at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va.

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