February 10, 2007


Rhode Island College Womenís Basketball Score Report

Gorham, ME






Rhode Island College (14-9, 6-6)

#4 Southern Maine (21-1, 12-0)






Geislerís 20-Points Not Enough in Loss to Southern Maine


     Gorham, MEóRhode Island College saw its four-game Little East Conference win streak come to an end in a 67-57 loss to No. 4 Southern Maine on Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium. Senior forward Kari Geisler (Deerfield, NH) led the Anchorwomen with 20 points and nine  rebounds in the game. She currently has 968 career rebounds, needing just 32 more to become only the second player in Rhode Island College history with both 1,000 career points and rebounds.


Southern Maine senior forward Ashley Marble (Topsfield, ME) and junior forward Angela Santa Fe (Derry, NH) combined to score 50 of the Huskiesí 67 points in the win. Marble recorded her 14th consecutive double-double and 16th of the season grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds to go along with her game-high 28 points. Marble was 10-for-19 from the floor and 8-for-9 from the charity stripe and added four assists and two steals. Santa Fe notched a career-best 22 points with an 8-for-15 mark from the floor and chipped in with seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Stacey Kent (Northwood, NH) tossed in 10 points and snagged a game-high five steals to round out the three Huskies in double figures on the day.


Marble started the game hot from the floor, shooting an impressive 7-for-11 from the field, and was just one rebound shy of a double-double in the first half as she scored 18 points and grabbed nine boards as USM jumped out to a 36-22 lead at the half. Santa Fe tallied 11 of her 22 in the opening half.


Both Marble and Santa Fe continued to click in the second half as Southern Maine increased its advantage to 17, 39-22, in the opening play of the stanza. Santa Fe drained her lone three-pointer of the game off of an assist from Marble. The Huskies maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half and led by as many as 16 points with under three minutes to play before Rhode Island College was able to creep with eight of USM, 63-55, in the final minute of action.


Trailing by 16, 63-47, with 2:51 to play, Rhode Island College scored eight unanswered points as the Huskies misfired on its next five shots to pull to with striking distance of USM 63-55 with 50 seconds remaining.  Geisler and senior forward Brittany Rosen (Derry, NH) scored four points each in the run.  However, it wasnít enough for the Anchorwomen as USM held off the attack outscoring Rhode Island College, 4-2, in the final 30 seconds.


Southern Maine finished the game shooting 41.4 percent (24-for-58) from the field and 73.9 percent (17-for-23) from the free throw line.  Rhode Island College shot 45.2 percent from floor making 19 of its 42 field goal attempts, but was hampered by 32 turnovers as the Huskies made 17 steals in the contest.


RIC junior forward Josalee Danieli (New Gloucester, ME) had 17 points and eight rebounds.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, Feb. 13 on Senior Night. Geisler and Rosen, RICís two lone seniors, will be honored prior to the game.