February 19, 2008


Rhode Island College Women’s Basketball Score Report

Providence, RI






Western Connecticut (18-5, 11-2)

Rhode Island College (12-11, 5-8)






Coughlin Breaks 22-Year Old Record in Loss
RIC Suffers Third Straight Little East Defeat


Providence, RI—Rhode Island College senior guard Sarah Coughlin (North Attleboro, MA) broke Jo-Ann D’Alessandro’s ’88 22-year old record for assists in a season, but the Anchorwomen fell, 59-45, to Little East Conference rival Western Connecticut Tuesday night at The Murray Center. Coughlin now has 141 assists on the season, breaking the previous mark of 137 established in 1985-86.


RIC loses its third-straight Little East Conference game, falling to 12-11 overall and 5-8 in league play. Western Connecticut has won eight of its last nine games and improves to 18-5 overall and 11-2 in league action.


The Anchorwomen fell behind, 5-0, in the early going, but went on a 17-9 run to take a 17-14 lead on a senior forward Sherri Heard’s (Coventry, RI) jump shot with 6:20 left in the first half. The Colonials responded with an 18-9 run to close out the first stanza and head into the locker room with a 32-26 lead.


WestConn opened the second half on a 14-2 run over the first 4:40 to build a 41-28 lead. The Anchorwomen would cut the Colonials’ advantage down to five points, 44-39, with 9:13 left in the game, but would not get closer.


Western Connecticut senior guard Ally Greenwood (East Hartford, CT) was a force on both ends of the floor, contributing 11 points, five rebounds, eight steals, five assists and a block. Freshman guard Karli Spera (Waterford, CT) chipped in with 12 points, while junior forward Stacey Roberts (Windham, CT) scored all 10 of her points in the second half en route to a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds.


 Heard paced the Anchorwomen attack with a game-high 14 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Jenn Knott (Narragansett, RI) added 11 points.


Tonight’s game marked the final regular season home game for both Coughlin and Heard, who were honored, along with their families, prior to the start of the game.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out the regular season at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.



Sarah Coughlin joined by her parents



Sherri Heard joined by her parents