URI Women’s Hoops Third In A10 Preseason Poll, Two Rams Earn Preseason Honors

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University of Rhode Island Press Release

KINGSTON, R.I. — Rhode Island women’s basketball was picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 Preseason poll, the league announced Tuesday at its virtual media day. Massachusetts was a unanimous pick to repeat as champions in voting among the league’s head coaches. Transfers Tenin Magassa and Emma Squires were two of six players to earn a spot on the Preseason All-Conference Third Team.

Magassa, who spent the last two seasons at Dayton, was named the 2020-21 Atlantic 10 Sixth Woman of the Year. One of the league’s most threatening presence in the paint, she finished fifth all-time in the Flyer record book with 113 blocked shots. Last year, Magassa posted three double-doubles, and recorded a season-high 14 boards in Dayton’s NCAA First Four win over DePaul. The Morsang-Sur-Orge, France native also earned a spot on the A-10 All-Rookie team after her freshman campaign with the Flyers.

Squires, last year’s A-10 Sixth Woman of the Year, joins the Rams as a transfer from Richmond. Appearing in all 30 games for the Spiders last season, the Kingston, Mass. native came off the bench in 22 of those games, averaging 20.9 minutes. During her senior year with Richmond, Squires averaged 10.8 points per game while shooting 44.1 percent from long range.

Rhode Island finished second in the Atlantic 10 a year ago after posting its best season in program history with 22 wins. The Rams went 12-2 in conference play during the regular season before being upset by Saint Joseph’s in the quarterfinal of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Hosting its first-ever postseason game in the Ryan Center, Rhody was an automatic bid in the WNIT and faced Quinnipiac before eventually falling to the Bobcats in Kingston.

The Rams open year four of the Tammi Reiss era on Nov. 7 at Harvard. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

2022-23 A-10 Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Massachusetts (15) 225
2. La Salle 188
3. Rhode Island 184
4. Fordham 183
5. VCU 152
6. Saint Joseph’s 140
7. Davidson 135
8. Richmond 125
9. Duquesne 109
10. Dayton 99
11. George Washington 82
12. Saint Louis 73
13. Loyola Chicago 41
14. George Mason 38
15. St. Bonaventure 26

Preseason All-Conference First Team
Anna DeWolfe (Fordham)
Kayla Spruill (La Salle)
Sam Breen (Massachusetts)
Sydney Taylor (Massachusetts)
Addie Budnik (Richmond)
Sarah Te-Biasu (VCU)

Preseason All-Conference Second Team
Elle Sutphin (Davidson)
Asiah Dingle (Fordham)
Claire Jacobs (La Salle)
Destiney Philoxy (Massachusetts)
Katie Jekot (Saint Joseph’s)
Brooke Flowers (Saint Louis)

Preseason All-Conference Third Team
Tess Myers (Duquesne)
Mayowa Taiwo (George Washington)
Tenin Magassa (Rhode Island)
Emma Squires (Rhode Island) 

Talya Brugler (Saint Joseph’s)
Kyla McMakin (Saint Louis)

Preseason All-Defensive Team
Meg McConnell (Duquesne)
Asiah Dingle (Fordham)
Mayowa Taiwo (George Washington)
Destiney Philoxy (Massachusetts)
Brooke Flowers (Saint Louis)

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