The schedule turning to 2022 will coincide with the reigning Atlantic 10 women’s basketball regular season champions visiting the Ryan Center.
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Dayton will celebrate the New Year in Kingston against the University of Rhode Island. It’s the opening of the conference for both teams and the start of what will be a tough start for the Rams.
Conference tournament finalist Massachusetts arrives on January 5 and URI travels to face regular season finalist Fordham on January 9.
The league is back to its normal 16-game schedule after playing to the extent possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rams caught fire after finding themselves empty in a non-conference game, finishing 11-8 overall and 11-4 against opponents in the conference. URI finished fourth in the league, securing their first double-pass to the tournament quarterfinals in program history.
The Flyers keep the league schedule for the Rams, who travel to UD Arena to close the regular season on February 26. URI will also play at home with the Minutemen and Fordham while facing singles matches with the other 10 teams in the league. Saint Louis visits the Rams on February 2 while Richmond hosts URI on February 19 – the Billikens and Spiders were third and sixth respectively last season.
The Rams are unlikely to surprise anyone this season after winning cluster league honors last year. Reiss was named Coach of the Year and transfer forward Emmanuelle Tahane shared co-player of the year honors. Reiss was granted a two-year contract extension until the 2025-2026 season, one that raised his salary to a base of $ 300,000 per year.
All URI League matches will be broadcast on ESPN +, but an unknown number of matches may be picked up by a local provider. Cox YurView, for example, broadcast nine of the club’s 19 competitions last season. The conference television deal also includes select broadcasts on CBS Sports Network and NBC Universal, and ESPNU will air the conference tournament final on March 6.
URI continued to load its roster during the offseason adding transfers from graduates Chanell Williams (Providence), Anna Dreimane (Texas A&M) and Dez Elmore (Seton Hall). The Cavalier Classic highlights the non-conference schedule, as the Rams face Virginia and Long Beach State November 26-28. Reiss was an All-American guard during his playing days at Virginia and helped lead the program to three Final Fours from 1990 to 1992.
URI will unofficially kick off its season with the return of Rhody Madness, with DJ Esco playing a free show at the Ryan Center on October 21. Participation will be limited to students until November 4, when the Rams’ men host Johnson & Wales in an exhibition match. The URI men and women will both be in action at College Basketball’s opening night, with the men hosting Boston University and the women visiting Dartmouth on November 9.
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November 9 – in Dartmouth
November 12 – Merrimack
November 14 – Coppin State
November 17 – in Providence
November 20 – Princeton
November 23 – Harvard
November 26 – Virginia (Cavalier Classic)
November 28 – Long Beach State (Cavalier Classic)
December 2 – in Sainte-Croix
December 5 – in Buffalo
December 7 – Hartford
December 12 – in Maine
December 19 – Boston University
January 1 – Dayton
January 5 – Massachusetts
January 9 – in Fordham
January 12 – to George Washington
January 15 – George Mason
January 19 – in Duquesne
January 23 – Davidson
January 26 – in Massachusetts
January 29 – VCU
February 2 – Saint Louis
February 6 – at La Salle
February 9 – in Saint-Joseph
February 13 – Fordham
February 19 – in Richmond
February 23 – Saint-Bonaventure
February 26 – in Dayton
March 2-6 – Atlantic 10 Championships (venues to be determined)
Network / schedules, to be determined