HOW IT HAPPENED
RIC sophomore guard Jordyn Gauvin (Fall River, MA),
the reigning Little East Conference Player of the Week, added 17
points, four rebounds and two steals in the victory.
Sophomore forward Ornela
Livramento (Pawtucket, RI) recorded a double-double with 14
points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Anchorwomen.
Freshman forward Destiny
Fitzgerald (Medford, MA) paced Bridgewater State with a
game-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds.
Senior forward Chanelle Melton
(Brockton, MA) added 11 points, a pair of rebounds and three
assists in the loss for the Bears.
Bridgewater State jumped out to
19-9 advantage after one period of play.
An 11-2 run extended the BSU lead
to 30-13 with 2:30 minutes left to play in the first half. The Bears
would take a 34-20 advantage heading into the locker room at
Back-to-back three-pointers by
Rubera to open the second half jumpstarted a RIC rally as the
Anchorwomen outscored the Bears, 26-12, in the third quarter.
Consecutive trifectas from Rubera completed the comeback and knotted
the score, 44-44, with 1:14 remaining in the period. Each team
scored a basket in the final minute as the game was tied at 46-46
heading into the fourth.
The early stages of the fourth
quarter saw two ties and one lead change. A Gauvin jumper with 5:38
remaining put RIC up for to stay and Rubera followed that up with a
layup to make it a four-point game, 54-50.
Melton converted a traditional
three-point play to pull the Bears to within one with 4:03 left on
the scoreboard. The Bears had back-to-back chances to take the lead
but turned the ball over on both possessions. Rubera then drained
another three-pointer to put the visitors up 57-53 with 2:15
remaining. RIC would go 7-for-8 at the free throw line the rest of
the way as the Anchorwomen pulled away for the victory.
The Anchorwomen shot 63.0 percent
(17-of-27) from the floor over the final 20 minutes, which included
5-for-8 from behind the three-point arc. RIC also forced 14
turnovers in the second half which led directly to 18 points.