RIC Women Win Little East Regular Season Title
ANCHORWOMEN CLINCH LITTLE EAST REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
R.I.-Senior guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) tallied 16 points, five
rebounds, three assists and three steals as the Rhode Island College women's
basketball team knocked off Western Connecticut, 66-38, on Tuesday at The Murray
Center in Little East Conference action.
With the win, Rhode Island
College (21-3, 12-1 LEC) clinched the first Little East Conference Regular
Season Championship in the program's history. The Anchorwomen set a new
program-record for wins in a season with 21, receive a bye in the first round
and will host the 2012 Little East Conference Tournament semifinals and final on
Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25.
“To hold the top three-point
field goal shooting team in our conference to 10 percent from beyond the arc was
a highlight of another excellent defensive effort tonight,” said Head Coach
Marcus Reilly. “This group has had winning the first Regular Season Conference
Championship in school history as their first goal all year and it is a credit
to all 15 kids and, especially, our five seniors that they've reached that goal.
We have to keep defending at the level we did today as they have a few more very
special goals left to achieve for themselves.”
After a sloppy first-half
that featured a plethora of turnovers for both squads, RIC went into the
intermission with a 26-21 lead over Western Connecticut (15-10, 7-7 LEC).
However, the Anchorwomen exploded out of the break to go on a 12-2 run over the
first six minutes of the half to take a commanding, 38-23, lead with 14:08 left
Minutes later, Coro went on a scoring barrage to break the game
open even further, beginning with her first trey of the ballgame at the 10:37
mark. Coro responded with a layup and back-to-back threes over the next minute
and a half to put the Anchorwomen on top, 51-32, with 8:50 remaining. RIC ran
away with it from there, eventually outscoring the Colonials in the second half,
40-17, en route to the victory.
Rhode Island College had an excellent
shooting night in the win, as they shot 44 percent (25-for-57) from the floor,
85 percent from the free throw line (11-for-13) and 56 percent from beyond the
arc (5-for-9). Meanwhile, Western shot just 36 percent (17-for-47) from the
field, including a 10 percent shooting effort (1-for-10) from
Defensively, RIC forced the Colonials into 25 turnovers, while
coming away with 16 steals as a team. The Anchorwomen also dominated the glass,
outrebounding Western Connecticut, 39-27.
Senior forward Rachel Riley
(Coventry, RI) posted a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, to go along
with a pair of steals and a pair of assists. Senior guard Cynthia Gaudet
(Coventry, RI) recorded 14 points, four rebounds, four steals and a pair of
assists, while junior forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) added 12 points,
five boards and three steals in the win. Senior guard Nicole Girard (Foster, RI)
registered seven points, four assists, and three steals.
Carly Murphy (Wolcott, CT) led the Colonials with 15 points and seven rebounds,
while senior guard Stephanie Slonski (Griswold, CT) finished with 11 points,
four assists and a pair of steals. Sophomore guard Caroline Brasa (East
Hartford, CT) chipped in with six points and seven boards in the
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out the
regular season at home against Keene State (1 p.m.) on Saturday, Feb.