Rhode Island College Knocks Off Women's Basketball 68-50

BOSTON, Mass.—Four Rhode Island College (13-8, 6-4 Little East) players finished in double-figures and UMass Boston (12-8, 4-6 Little East) tied their season-high with 25 turnovers, as the Anchorwomen dispatched the Beacons 68-50 Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Gymnasium.

Danielle LeBlanc led the Anchorwomen with 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the free throw line, as Rhode Island College broke a two-game losing streak.

Sophomore Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) poured in a team-high 13 points for UMass Boston, as the Beacons saw their two-game winning streak come to a close. 

Little East Conference Rookie of the Week Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) recorded her eight double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds. The freshman forward ripped down nine of UMB's 18 offensive rebounds and added two blocks.

Junior Andrea Suffredini (Milford, Mass.) added nine points, while Meghan Agger (Sacco, Maine) led the Beacons bench with eight points and four rebounds.

Rhode Island College led from start to finish behind their stifling defense. The Anchorwomen held the Beacons to 30.6 percent (15-of-49) from the field for the game and forced 25 UMB turnovers.

The visitors knocked down their first four shots to jump out to a 9-0 lead in the first three minutes and eight seconds. After Agger knocked down a three to make it 9-3, Rhode Island College struck for six in a row to open up a double-digit lead at 15-3.

UMass Boston used a 7-2 flurry to cut it back to single-digits at 25-16 with 3:27 to play in the first, but that's as close as the Beacons would get the rest of the way. 

The Anchorwomen knocked down three of their next five shots to push the lead back to double-digits and cruised into halftime with a 34-23 lead.

Second half action would be more of the same, as Rhode Island College held the Beacons without a field goal for the first six minutes, to open up a 39-24 lead.

The Anchorwomen's defense was so efficient, that Gabriela Cogliano (Saugus, Mass.) became just the second Beacon to hit a field goal in the second half, when she made a layup with 8:22 remaining.  Cogliano's layup capped off a 3-0 Beacons run that cut the deficit to 16, which was as close as UMB would come over the final nine minutes.

UMass Boston had a strong day at the charity stripe, finishing 17-of-25 (68 percent). On the other side, Rhode Island College knocked down 38.7 percent (24-of-62) of their field goal attempts and 76.2 percent (16-of-21) of their free throws.

UMass Boston will continue their seven-game home-stand Tuesday night when they host the University of Southern Maine at 5:30 p.m. Make sure to come out early as UMass Boston Athletics will be celebrating the grand reopening of the Clark Athletic Gymnasium with free food and a celebration of the women's volleyball and women's soccer teams.