Dec. 12, 2009
Providence, RI--Rhode Island College opened the game on a 22-0 run and never looked back en route to a 78-43 win over UMass Boston in Little East Conference women's basketball action from The Murray Center on Saturday afternoon.
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Rhode Island College women's basketball team (8-1, 1-1 LEC) closed out the fall semester on a three-game winning streak and is off to the program's best start in 17 years. University of Massachusetts Boston (4-6, 0-2 LEC) turned the ball over 35 times, while the Anchorwomen swiped 22 steals.
RIC came out on fire, holding the Beacons scoreless for the first 6:32 of the game. UMass Boston missed its first four shots and turned the ball over nine times during that period. Senior forward Caroline Ashe (West Roxbury, MA) finally stopped the onslaught with a three-pointer.
The Beacons played RIC even, 23-23, for the remainder of the half as the Anchorwomen used the opportunity to play their bench. Rhode Island College outrebounded UMass Boston, 19-14, and capitalized on 20 first half turnovers to hold a 45-26 advantage at the half.
What little hope UMass Boston had of getting back into the game was quickly extinguished as the hosts came out of the break with an 8-0 run. Senior guard LaSheena Boyd (Stratford, CT) put RIC up by 32, 60-28, with a jumper at 13:49, and the lead eventually grew to a game-high 38, 74-36, on a three-pointer from freshman guard Laura Neff (Waterford, CT) with a little over five minutes left to play.
All 14 players on the Anchorwomen roster saw action, 11 of which scored at least two points.
RIC finished with a 38-36 advantage in rebounding. Senior guard Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) scored 13 points, swiped seven steals (tied for the second-most in a game in program history), to go along with three rebounds and three assists. Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) had 11 points, nine of which came on three trifectas.
Boyd, sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI), freshman forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) and junior guard Lauren Harrington (Exeter, RI) each contributed eight points. Harrington and Riley led the team with five rebounds apiece.
RIC shot 46 percent (31-for-68) from the field and converted 71 percent (10-for-14) from the free throw line. UMass Boston managed only 42 shots (14-for-42) in the game for a 33-percent effort.
Rhode Island College is off for finals and Christmas. The Anchorwomen will resume action on Sunday, Jan. 3 vs. Babson at the Williams Invitational, while the Beacons travel to Willimantic, CT on January 9 for a Little East Conference game vs. Eastern Connecticut State University at 1:00 p.m.