Dec. 11, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Junior guard Stephanie Coro (N. Providence, RI) led all scorers with 23 points and added eight rebounds and two steals to help Rhode Island College defeat the University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team, 59-58, this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the decision, the Anchorwomen improve their record to 8-2 overall and 1-1 in the Little East Conference, while the Beacons snap a six game win streak to fall to 8-2 and 1-1 in conference.
The constant full-court pressure by Rhode Island College produced 25 points off of 25 UMass Boston turnovers, and junior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) was a force in the paint with 14 points and 15 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes. Junior guard Nicole Girard (Foster, RI) chipped in with four assists and three steals.
For the Beacons, freshman guard Colleen Hooper (Mansfield, MA) led the way offensively with 22 points including four 3-pointers. Freshman guard Kendra Mosley (Indian Head, MD) posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 points, and freshman guard Senteria Renwicks (Baltimore, MD) added 13 points.
The first six minutes of the game were tightly contested until a 3-pointer by Hooper at 13:19 sparked an 8-0 run for UMass Boston that was capped by freshman guard Colleen Buck (Greenfield, OH) at the 10:59 mark when she drained a shot from behind the arc. Rhode Island College responded with a long run of its own, 15-5, to take the lead, 24-22, on a layup by junior guard Brittany Saccoccio (Glocester, RI) with 3:39 to play in the half. The teams traded the lead until a pair of free throws by Renwicks put the Beacons on top 31-27. However, the Anchorwomen scored four points over the last minute to tie the contest 31-31 at halftime.
Rhode Island College began the second half with a sustained full-court press that caused five Beacons turnovers in the first five minutes and opened up a 36-31 lead as a result. A 3-pointer by Hooper 6:27 in was the first basket of the half by UMass Boston and helped spur a comeback that culminated in a 38-38 tie at the 11:21 mark. The Anchorwomen reestablished a 47-40 advantage but the Beacons again chipped away to get within one point with just under five minutes to play. Down the stretch Rhode Island College won the battle of free throws which proved to be the difference.
The Beacons are back in action Tuesday, December 14 when they travel to Framingham State for a 6:00 p.m. matchup, while the Anchorwomen are off until Thursday, January 6 when they host Roger Williams at 7:00 p.m.