URI Women’s Basketball Defeats Harvard, Starts Season 6-0 For Second Time In Program History

University of Rhode Island Press Release

Rhode Island Starters
Foppossi, Tahane, Williams, Vargas, Elmore

Harvard Starters
Forbes, Sussman, McCarthy, Turner, Mullaney

How it Happened
Rhode Island had four players score in double-figures – for the fifth time this season – in a 70-46 rout of Harvard Tuesday night at the Ryan Center. It marks just the second time in program history that the Rams win six straight to open a season, matching the 2002-03 team for the longest season-opening win streak.

Harvard got off to a hot start, outscoring URI 8-2 over the first three minutes. The Rams erased the deficit quickly, and pulled ahead 19-18 just before the end of the first period, thanks to a jumper by Yanni Hendley.

Rhody began to distance itself in the second quarter, opening on a 9-3 run and using a final-second jumper by Dolly Cairns to take a double-digit lead (39-29) into the break.

A 3-pointer by Harvard’s McKenzie Forbes cut Rhode Island’s lead back to nine points (44-35) midway through the third quarter before the Rams went on a 16-5 run to push the lead to 20 (60-40). Rhody cruised from there, holding the Crimson to just two baskets through the final five minutes of play.

Inside the Box Score

  • Emmanuelle Tahane (22), Dolly Cairns (14), Marie-Paule Foppossi (10) and Dez Elmore (10) all reached double figures in the scoring column.
  • Tahane recorded her third double-double of the season, finishing with 22 points and 12 rebounds. She also added a pair of assists.
  • Foppossi posted her first double-double of the year, scoring 11 points and adding 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals.
  • Williams added a season-high six rebounds, two assists and one steal to go with her 11 points.
  • Dez Elmore finished with 10 rebounds, six points, two assists and one steal.
  • As a team, Rhode Island outscored Harvard in the paint 40-14, and held a 21-9 advantage in fast-break points.
  • The Ram’s bench also outscored the Crimson’s 20-7.

Up Next
Rhode Island returns to action on Friday afternoon, when it opens play at the 2021 Cavalier Classic against host Virginia. The game will be a homecoming of sorts for Rhody head coach Tammi Reiss and assistant coach Sharnee Zoll-Norman. Reiss (’92) was an All-American for the Cavaliers while Zoll-Norman (’08) is the program’s all-time assist leader.

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