January 19, 2008


Rhode Island College Women’s Basketball Score Report

Providence, RI






Eastern Connecticut (14-1, 4-1)

Rhode Island College (7-7, 1-4)







            Providence, RI—Eastern Connecticut defeated Rhode Island College, 67-35, in a Little East Conference women’s basketball contest Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center. The Warriors improve their record to 14-1 overall and 4-1 in the LEC, while the Anchorwomen fall to 7-7 overall and 1-4 in league play. RIC is currently in the midst of a season-high three-game losing streak.


Neither team shot the ball well for much of the first half. The Warriors snapped a 10-10 tie on a junior guard Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA) three-pointer with 6:33 left, which opened up the floodgates offensively for ECSU. Eastern Connecticut outscored the Anchorwomen, 23-5, over the final six minutes to open up a 33-15 halftime advantage.


Things went from bad to worse for RIC in the second stanza as the Warriors cruised to a 32-point victory. Eastern Connecticut outrebounded the Anchorwomen by 21, 47-26, and held RIC to 26 percent (13-for-51) shooting from the field. The Anchorwomen could not find any rhythm from behind the three-point arc, connecting on only two of 12 (17 percent) in the loss.


Twelve different Warriors scored at least one point and Head Coach Denise Bierly was able to play all 15 players on her roster. Senior forward Stephanie Smith (Penacook, NH) scored 10 of her game-high 14 points in the second half, while also recording seven rebounds and two steals.


Junior center Ashley McFetridge (Canton, CT) logged 10 points, eight rebounds, three steals and one block in just 22 minutes. Junior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia, CT) contributed 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 26 minutes.


Rhode Island College sophomore forward Jenn Knott (Narragansett, RI) and junior guard Michelle McNamee (Cranston, RI) accounted for 22 of the Anchorwomen’s 35 points with 11 apiece.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will battle Little East rival UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at The Murray Center. ECSU will play at LEC foe Western Connecticut on Jan. 22 as well.