For Immediate Release
Contact Dave Geringer, Sports Information Director, (508) 990-9651
Tuesday, February 14, 2006       




NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Rhode Island College built a 10-point lead with six minutes remaining and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s women’s basketball team, 65-60,m in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.


The Corsairs had rallied to cut the lead to a single point, 57-56, with 2:51 remaining on a three-pointer by senior guard Kerri Augenstein (East Greenwich, RI/Bay View Academy), two jump shots by freshman forward Joanna Piascik (New Britain, CT/New Britain HS) and two free throws by sophomore guard Ashley Chard (Burlington, CT/St. Paul HS). But the Anchorwomen made five free throws in the final minute to preserve their lead.


Piascik led UMass Dartmouth with 19 points, while Augenstein added 15. Kari Geisler led RIC with 16 points, Colleen Feeney added 15 and LeeAnne Kitchen contributed 13.


UMass Dartmouth dropped to 10-14 and 3-10 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Rhode Island College improved to 11-13 and 3-10  in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Western Connecticut State Saturday afternoon in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader.