FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 18, 2012

 

RIC HEADS INTO LITTLE EAST TOURNAMENT
AS TOP SEED IN, 62-54, WIN OVER OWLS
Anchorwomen Post Best-Ever LEC Mark

Providence, R.I.-Senior guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) registered a game-high 20 points to go along with four steals as the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team closed out the regular season with a 62-54 victory over Keene State at The Murray Center on Saturday in Little East Conference women’s basketball action.

 

RIC (22-3, 13-1 LEC) will receive a bye in the upcoming 2012 Little East Conference Tournament after clinching the Anchorwomen’s first-ever LEC Regular Season Championship and the No. 1 seed on Tuesday night. The team’s 22 wins and 13-1 conference record is the best in the program’s history. Keene State (16-8, 9-5 LEC) will head into the tourney as the No. 3 seed and will host UMass Boston Tuesday night in the quarterfinals.

 

 

 Seniors Stephanie Coro, Brittany Saccoccio, Cynthia Gaudet, Nicole Girard
& Rachel Riley were honored, along with their families, prior to the start of the
game as part of Senior Day 2012.

 

The Anchorwomen will play the winner of fifth-seeded UMass Dartmouth and fourth-seeded Western Connecticut on Friday, Feb. 24 (5:30 p.m.) in the semifinals. “I'm glad we secured the win down the stretch to honor our seniors the right way,” RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. “They are a special group who has built a championship foundation together while representing the campus and the state the right way. They have a lot of great opportunities yet to come as well.”

 

Senior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) recorded 12 rebounds and became just the third player in program history to tally 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Riley also added six points, three blocks and two assists in the win.

 

The Anchorwomen were red-hot in the first half against the Owls, as they shot 55 percent (16-for-29) from the floor. RIC drained 10 first half three-pointers, with Coro knocking down four of them, en route to a 44-24 halftime lead.

 

However, Keene State rallied in the second half behind stifling defense that held the Anchorwomen to just 19 percent (5-for-26) from the field. The Owls outscored RIC, 28-10, through the first 15 minutes of the second frame, as a pair of free throws from freshman forward Courtney Roberts (Sutton, MA) made it, 54-52, with 5:15 left to play. Yet, a basket from Riley and a huge three off the glass from junior guard Ashley O’Dell (Lincoln, RI) with 3:11 remaining helped stave off the comeback down the stretch, as RIC outscored the visitors, 8-2, over the final five minutes.

 

Although they came up on the losing end, the Owls held a decisive advantage on the glass. They outrebounded the Anchorwomen, 44-32, in the game, and in the second half alone, Keene State held a 32-13 advantage on the boards.

 

In the end, three-point shooting propelled Rhode Island College to the victory, as the club went 12-for-26 (46 percent) from downtown. RIC shot 38 percent from the field (21-for-55), while the Owls shot just 33 percent (20-for-61) from the floor and 31 percent (5-for-16) from three-point range.

 

Senior guard Cynthia Gaudet (Coventry, RI) posted 11 points, three steals, three assists and three rebounds, while O’Dell finished with 11 points off the bench. Senior guard Nicole Girard (Foster, RI) totaled six points and four assists, while junior forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) posted five points, four rebounds and two steals.

 

Senior forward Courtney Cirillo (Windsor Locks, CT) led the Owls with 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. Junior forward Siobhan Carnell (Quincy, MA) notched nine points, while senior forward Meghan Farrell (Chester, VT) finished with eight points, five boards, and four assists.

 

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