WBB: Rhode Island


N. C. State hosts Rhode Island Sunday November 19th at 2:00 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum. Th game will be an ACCNX stream.

State has played Rhode Island once way back in 1988 (December 29th). The game was a 79-49 home win for the Pack. State's record in the 88-89 season was 24-7 beating in the ACC Tournament first Duke 89-50 and then Clemson 93-86 before losing to Maryland in the Championship game 73-57. In the NCAA Tournament State beat Rutgers 75-73 and then lost to Ole Miss 63-68.

From Rhode Island's women's basketball website:

Rhode Island Women's Basketball was picked as the Atlantic 10 Preseason favorites with 218 points and 12 first-place votes, it was announced Thursday. The Rams, coming off a share of the first 2022-23 A-10 Regular Season Championship in program history, also had four players featured on the Preseason All-Conference Teams.

Senior Mayé Touré, the 2022-23 Most Improved Player of the Year, earned a spot on the Preseason All-Conference First Team, while Syracuse transfer Teisha Hyman's stats from her season last year with the Orange placed her on the All-Conference Second Team. Senior Tenin Magassa was named to the All-Conference Third Team for the second straight year, and sophomore Anaelle Dutat turned in an impressive rookie season to earn a spot on the All-Defensive Team.

In Rhode Island's last game, a 67-56 win over Brown, the Rams started six-two senior Mayé Touré, six-foot junior Sophie Phillips, six-five senior Tenin Magassa, five-eight grad student Dee Dee Davis and five-eight grad student Teisha Hyman who transferred from Syracuse. Five-five freshman Sophia Vital got 23 minutes off the bench and five-nine sophomore Ines Debroise got 25. For the season Mayé leads the team in scoring at 15.3 ppg shooting 510 from the floor; 167 from the arc. Mayé also leads the team in rebounding a 7 rpg. The Rams are not a good arc shooting team shooting 184 from the arc. The Rams shoot 437 from the floor.

The following is taken from

State has a Live RPI of 8, a 3-0 overall record, a NET of 17, an ELO of 4 and an SOS of 39. State has one quad 1 win which is that over NET 2 UConn.

Rhode Island has a 3-1 overall record, a Live RPI of 74, a NET of 71, an ELO of 84 and an SOS of 124. Rhode Island's best win was that over Brown which has a NET of 239 and an RPI of 112.

Nolan likes State over Rhode Island 72-52.

From herhoopstats:

No matter if the game is played in Raleigh, at Rhode Island or at a neutral site, State is predicted to win by herhoopstats. Since the game is in Raleigh, we will use that prediction. State has a 94.7% win probability in this instance and by a score of 76.9 to 56.4. State's ratings at this site are 43.1 value and 3/358 rank while Rhode Island's are 21.4 value and 48/358 rank.

I watched some of the Brown/Rhode Island game via ESPN+. In view of what I saw, I would not be surprised to see State win by 30. Look for Laci Steele, Zoe Brooks, Mallory Collier and Maddie Cox to get extended minutes.

I also in the last few days have watched the Davidson win over Duke and the Maryland loss to UConn who was without Azzi Fudd. Azzi has injured her knee for the 3rd straight season. I feel bad for her. As for Jakia in that UConn game, she looked much like she did for us last season shooting 4-17 from the floor and 2-6 from the arc.

Note that Davidson almost upset UNC Sunday night losing 74-70. Elle Sutphin had 17 in the UNC loss and 19 in the 69-62 win over Duke. With the loss of Elizabeth Balogun, Celste Taylor and Shayeann Day-Wilson, Duke is not quite the team they were last season. So, SAD!

Go Pack!!!