Jan. 24, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI--Rhode Island College improved to 8-9 overall and 4-3 in the Little East Conference with a 76-61 win over University of Massachusetts Boston in collegiate women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center. RIC takes the season series from the Beacons, who fall to 2-15 overall and 0-7 in league play.
The two teams played a tight first half as RIC opened up a five-point lead, 11-6, on a free throw by junior guard LaSheena Boyd (Stratford, CT) with 12:18 remaining. The Beacons cut the deficit to one point, 11-10, on a layup by freshman forward Molly Piette (Webster, MA) at the 11:07 mark. The Anchorwomen built the advantage back up to five, 15-10, on back-to-back Boyd jumpers over the next 42 seconds.
The Beacons closed the gap to one point, 19-18, with 7:21 left on a Piette layup and free throw, then took a four-point lead, 23-19, on a layup by freshman forward Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) and trey by junior forward Caroline Ashe (West Roxbury, MA) at 5:42. Rhode Island College regained the lead on a senior guard Tyla Martin (Cumberland, RI) jumper with 1:30 left and went into halftime with a 30-29 advantage.
The Anchorwomen capitalized on 23 second-half turnovers by the Beacons to take the game over. RIC began to pull away from UMass Boston by building a six-point advantage, 43-37, on a freshman guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) layup with 15:57 left in the game. The lead swelled to a double-digit advantage, 57-46, on a senior guard Michelle McNamee (Cranston, RI) three-pointer at 10:46.
From that point on, the Anchorwomen were in control, building a lead that never dipped below 11 points the rest of the way. A jumper by freshman center Marjorie Pfeiffer (Middletown, RI) at 2:42 put RIC on top by 18, 71-53, and Boyd capped the host's largest lead of the night, 20 points, 73-53, with a steal and layup with less than two minutes to go.
Ten players scored at least one point for RIC, led by Coro's 14-point and McNamee's 11-point efforts. Boyd was a defensive force, making six steals to go along with nine points, five boards and three assists. Junior forward Cassi Malec (Glocester, RI) logged eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. RIC swiped 21 steals and scored 26 points off of UMB turnovers in the win.
Despite connecting on 7-of-11 from three-point land, UMass Boston's Ashe's career-highs of 26 points and 12 rebounds were in vain. Piette finished with 12 points on 5-9 from the floor and added six rebounds.
RIC shot 40 percent (27-for-67) from the field and made 17-of-25 (68 percent) from the free throw line. The Beacons countered with a 41 percent (22-for-54) shooting day from the floor, but turned the ball over 33 times.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue the Little East Conference circuit on Tuesday, Jan. 27 when the Anchorwomen square off against Western Connecticut, while the Beacons host University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in LEC action on January 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.