Rhode Island College Knocks Off Women's Basketball 55-44

BOSTON, Mass.—Three Anchorwomen finished in double-figures and Rhode Island College (14-5, 8-1 Little East) forced 20 UMass Boston women's basketball (11-8, 3-6 Little East) turnovers to earn a 55-44 victory over the Beacons Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center.

Christian McDuffy recorded a game-high 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting off the bench to help Rhode Island College earn their eight-consecutive victory. Stephanie Prusko added 11 points and Cara Paladino chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds to help Rhode Island College earn the season-sweep of the Beacons.

Junior forward Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) paced UMass Boston with her second double-double of the season (10 points and 11 rebounds). Morrison knocked down 5-of-9 shots from the field and pulled down a team-high four offensive rebounds.

Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) registered six points and 11 rebounds, while Andrea Suffredini (Milford, Mass.) accounted for eight points, four rebounds and two assists. Freshman Mallory Nelson (Topsham, Maine) recorded seven points, three assists and two blocks in 27 minutes of play. 

Rhode Island College led the entire way in the contest after jumping out to a 9-0 advantage. Prusko started the run with a big 3-pointer, followed by three-straight layups to make it 9-0 Anchorwomen just 2:25 into the contest.

The Beacons managed to cut the deficit to as few as five at the 12:11 mark (12-7) on an Elisa Ogawa (Yamanashi, Japan) layup, but that would be as close as UMass Boston would come in the first stanza. Rhode Island College took a 29-18 lead into the break behind 14 points off UMass Boston turnovers.

Freshman guard Chantel Jordan (Brockton, Mass.) led a big Beacons' flurry out of the break, as UMass Boston scored 10 of the first 12 points to start the second half. Morrison started the run with a layup and Jordan added four points in a row, two free throws and a layup, to cut the deficit to 31-24.  The Beacons kept it going with a jumper from Suffredini and a layup from Murphy to make it 31-28 Rhode Island College, but that's as close as UMass Boston would get.

The next defensive possession proved pivotal as the Beacons blocked a pair of shots but allowed four offensive rebounds, with McDuffy finally knocking down a layup off of an inbounds play.

McDuffy's basket turned the tide, as the Anchorwomen went on a 7-0 run to grab a 10-point lead (38-28) at the 13:54 mark and led by two-possessions the rest of the way.

Rhode Island College held UMass Boston to 37.5 percent (18-for-48) from the field and 0-for-3 from behind the arc. On the other side, the visitors knocked down 25-of-62 (40.3 percent) of their field-goal attempts and 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) of their 3-pointers.

UMass Boston will return to action Tuesday for their final non-conference game of the season, a 7 p.m. contest at Suffolk University.