January 23, 2007



NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - Rhode Island College outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouthís womenís basketball team,17-4, during the last 4:51 of the first half to build a 43-27 halftime lead, and went on to a 71-63 victory  in their Little East Conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.


Rhode Island College senior forward Kari Geisler (Deerfield, NH) was a force in the paint, posting her seventh double-double of the season with a game-high 18 points and 14 rebounds. It was her third double-double in her past four games. Four Anchorwomen scored in double figures to help the club record their 11th win of the season.


The Anchorwomen led, 26-23, after a pair of free throws by UMass Dartmouth freshman guard Amanda Poniatowski (Shelton, CT) with 4:51 remaining. But a jump shot by freshman guard Elise Robidoux (Southampton, MA) and a pair of free throws by Poniatowski were all that the Corsairs could muster before intermission.


A 14-4 UMass Dartmouth run, which included a lay-up, free throw and three-pointer by sophomore guard Ashley Chard (Burlington, CT) and senior guard Merideth Morganís (Amherst, MA) jumper, made it 48-44 with 12:43 to play. But six free throws and lay-ups by RIC senior forward Brittany Rosen (Derry, NH) and freshman guard Kirstyn Storti (Exeter, RI) got the Anchorwomen going, and they built a 13-point lead, 67-54, with 1:51 to play.


Poniatowski led UMass Dartmouth with 17 points, and Robidoux added 11. Storti added 13 points, while Rosen and junior guard Sherri Heard (Coventry, RI) each had 12. The Corsairs made 44.9 percent of their shots from the field, but were out rebounded, 35-34, and committed 27 turnovers.


UMass Dartmouth dropped to 4-13, 0-8 in conference play with the defeat, while Rhode Island College improved to 11-7 and 3-5 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Keene State Saturday afternoon in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader. RIC will host Plymouth State Saturday in conference play.