FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 9, 2008

 

Rhode Island College Womenís Basketball Score Report

Providence, RI

 

1

2

 

Final

Plymouth State (9-12, 2-8)
26
31
 
57

Rhode Island College (12-8, 5-5)

37

36

 

73

 

COUGHLINíS 20 POINTS LEAD RIC PAST PSU, 73-57
Five Anchorwomen Score in Double Figures as RIC Wins Third Straight Contest

            Providence, RIóSenior guard Sarah Coughlin (North Attleboro, MA) scored a career-high 20 points as Rhode Island College surged past Plymouth State, 73-57, in collegiate womenís basketball action Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center. The Anchorwomen win their third consecutive game to raise their record to 12-8 overall and 5-5 in the Little East Conference. The Panthers drop to 9-12 overall and 2-8 in the LEC.

 

Rhode Island College came out of the gates on fire, building a game-high 17-point lead, 27-10, on a Coughlin layup with 9:11 left in the first half. The Anchorwomen kept the Panthers at bay for the remainder of the first stanza, holding an 11-point, 37-26, advantage at halftime. Plymouth State turned the ball over 16 times in the first 20 minutes, while RIC logged five steals. Coughlin totaled 13 first-half points on the strength of 3-for-4 shooting from downtown.

 

Plymouth State went on a 5-0 run with 10:34 left in the game to cut the Rhode Island lead down to seven points, 48-41, on a sophomore forward Laura Kent (Bellingham, MA) layup.

 

The Anchorwomen turned on the jets in the final 10 minutes, outscoring the Panthers, 25-16, to seal the win. Both clubs turned in stellar performances from the free thrown line, shooting an 80-percent clip (RIC: 24-for-30; PSU: 16-for-20). 

 

Five RIC players scored in double figures, led by Coughlinís 20-point, four-rebound, eight-assist and five-steal performance. She has reached double figures in scoring in five of the past six games. Junior guard Michelle McNamee (Cranston, RI) contributed 13 points, four boards and two steals. Sophomore guard Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, RI), senior forward Sherri Heard (Coventry, RI) and junior guard Tyla Martin (Cumberland, RI) chipped in with 11 points apiece.

 

The Panthers were led by Kentís 17 points and seven rebounds, while junior forward Kayla Morin (Pascoag, RI) logged 14 points and five boards. Despite outrebounding RIC, 41-33, Plymouth State was plagued by 29 turnovers.

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. The Panthers will host Keene State on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

Senior guard Sarah Coughlin

 

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