January 7, 2012

RIC Defeats Women’s Basketball to Stay Unbeaten in Conference Play

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Led by Cynthia Gaudet's game-high 15 points, and Rachel Riley's 11 rebounds and six blocks the Anchorwomen of Rhode Island College (9-2, 3-0 Little East) defeated women's basketball (4-9, 0-3 Little East) by the final score of 60-37 Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center in Little East Conference action.

For Rhode Island College Stephanie Coro finished with nine points, seven rebounds, and four steals, while sophomore guard Stephanie Prusko netted seven points off the bench in the win. Burns had another solid effort for RIC, as she tallied six points, four boards, and two steals, while senior guard Nicole Girard totaled five points and three rebounds.

Freshman center Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) notched a team-high 14 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. Junior guard Teresa Pina (Boston, Mass.) tallied six points and five rebounds, while Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.), who was coming off her career-best 21 point showing in the win over Merchant Marine Academy, also registered six points Saturday's contest. Senior forward Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, Mass.) recorded a team-high 10 rebounds for the Beacons.

UMass Boston jumped out to an early lead in the opening minutes of the ballgame thanks to a pair of treys from freshman guard Perra, making it, 8-2, with 18:13 left to play. However, the Anchorwomen responded with 13 unanswered points over the next five minutes, as a layup from junior forward Courtney Burns gave RIC a 15-8 lead with 13:51 on the clock in the first half.

After four straight points from freshman center Morrison cut RIC's lead to just four with 13:00 minutes remaining, the two teams proceeded to trade baskets for nearly 10 straight minutes with the Anchorwomen holding the advantage. A pair of free throws from Morrison cut the Beacons' deficit to just five with four minutes remaining in the first frame, but Rhode Island College would close out the first half with six consecutive points, taking a 33-22 lead into the break.

The Anchorwomen stormed out of the gate in the second half, as a basket from Coro capped off a 13-0 run through the first four minutes of the second stanza to give RIC a commanding, 46-22, lead. The Beacons struggled to find any offensive rhythm as they combined for just 15 points in the final 20 minutes of play.

Women's basketball returns to the Clark Athletic Center on Tuesday when they host Plymouth State University at 5:30 p.m.