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November 16, 2012

 

ANCHORWOMEN CRUISE BY BOWDOIN, 61-54, TO EARN FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
RIC To Face Babson in Finals Tomorrow Afternoon

Babson Park, Mass.-Senior guard Ashley O'Dell (Lincoln, RI) scored a team-high 14 points and first-year Head Coach Kara Williamson picked up her first win as a collegiate coach as Rhode Island College defeated Bowdoin, 61-54, in semifinal action of the 2012 Babson Invitational on Friday evening at Staake Gymnasium.

 

The Anchorwomen (1-0) will face Babson (1-0) in the tourney finals tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m. O'Dell posted a well-rounded effort with seven assists and six rebounds.

 

 

Senior guard Ashley O'Dell

 

Senior forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) also had a strong game with 13 points and five boards, while junior guard Cara Paladino (Arlington, MA) pulled in a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with nine points, four blocks and five steals.

 

 

Senior forward Courtney Burns

 

 "I'm very proud of the intensity and desire we played with," Williamson said. "It is a great tone to set in the beginning of the season."

 

RIC held a six-point, 28-22, lead at the half before exploding offensively in the second stanza. The Anchorwomen built a game-high 22-point lead, 54-32, with under seven minutes remaining, but Bowdoin did not go quietly.

 

The Polar Bears got two free throws from Siena Mitman with four seconds left in the game to pull Bowdoin within five, 59-54, but RIC freshman guard Danielle LeBlanc (Warwick, RI) was fouled and made both of her attempts with two seconds left to seal the victory.

 

RIC shot 37 percent (22-for-59) from the field, 42 percent from downtown (5-for-12) and 63 percent (12-for-19) from the free throw line. Bowdoin shot 35 percent (20-for-58) from the field, 18 percent (2-for-11) from the three-point line and 57 percent (12-for-21) from the charity stripe.

 

RIC held the advantage in rebounding, 46-35. Bowdoin's Megan Phelps posted double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kaitlin Donahoe had 13 points, while Shannon Brady registered 10.

 

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