WOMEN'S HOOPS DOWNED BY RIC, 74-38
Jan. 29, 2011
Providence, R.I.-Junior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 21 points and a game-high 10 rebounds as the Rhode Island College women's basketball team sailed past UMass Boston, 74-38, in Little East Conference action played at The Murray Center.
The Anchorwomen (14-5, 5-4 LEC) remain in sole possession of fourth place, expanding their lead to two games on fifth place Keene State (10-10, 3-6). The Beacons (11-8, 2-7 LEC) see their current winless streak increase to five games, all of which have been against league opposition.
Junior guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) led all scorers with 22 points, moving past current RIC Associate Head Coach Claudia DeFaria for ninth all-time in program history with 1,057 career points.
Riley was dominant in the post, making 10-of-15 from the field, and garnering six defensive boards. Sophomore forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) netted 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists. Sophomore guard Ashley O'Dell (Lincoln, RI) did not score a point, but handed out a game-high seven assists and swiped four steals in 20 minutes off the bench.
UMass Boston led for only eight seconds in the game. With the Anchorwomen trailing, 4-2, 3:15 into the first half, Coro drained a three-pointer to put the hosts on top for good.
RIC built a half-high 22-point advantage, 35-13, at 2:10 and went into halftime doubling up their opponents, 38-19.
The second half was a formality as the Beacons would not get closer than 19 points (44-25, 15:45) the rest of the contest.
The Anchorwomen held a 43-37 edge in rebounding, while shooting 49 percent (31-of-63) from the field and 73 percent (8-of-11) from the free throw line. RIC's offense was in gear as the hosts picked up assists on 22 of 31 made baskets.
UMass Boston only made 23 percent of its attempts from the field (13-for-56) and converted just three of 14 attempts from downtown. Sophomore guard Elisa Ogawa (Yamanashi, Japan) was the lone bright spot for the Beacons with a team-high 12 points and eight rebounds.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play its final non-conference game of the season when it hosts Norwich on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
*Release content courtesy of RIC Sports Information Dept.