February 23, 2008


Rhode Island College Women’s Basketball Score Report

Willimantic, Conn.






Rhode Island College (12-12, 5-9)

Eastern Connecticut (21-4, 11-3)






Anchorwomen Fall in Regular Season Finale
McNamee Leads Four Starters in Double Figures

WILLIMANTIC, Conn.—Junior guard Michelle McNamee (Cranston, R.I.) led four Rhode Island College student-athletes in double figures with 17 points, but the Anchorwomen could not overcome an early first-half deficit to Eastern Connecticut this afternoon in the Little East Conference regular season finale, falling 85-67.


Rhode Island College (12-12, 5-9) will travel to Keene State College (15-10) at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 for the quarterfinal round of the Little East Conference Tournament. The Anchorwomen and Owls split their season series with each club protecting their homecourt.


McNamee paced four Rhode Island College players in double digits in scoring with 17 points, on 5-for-10 shooting from the field. Senior forward Sherri Heard (Coventry, R.I.) was just two points off the pace, while freshman forward Stephanie Noheimer (Willimantic, Conn.) and sophomore guard Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, R.I.) chipped in with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Senior point guard Sarah Coughlin (North Attleboro, Mass.) turned in another well-rounded performance with nine points, eight assists, and six steals. 


Eastern Connecticut (21-4, 11-3) scored the first points of the contest—a three-pointer by senior guard Sara Paradis (Bristol, Conn.)—and never relinquished its advantage to cruise to the 18-point victory. The Warriors opened their second double figure advantage just 7 minutes and 36 seconds into regulation, and carried it throughout the remainder of the contest.


Senior guard Kathy Shaw (Tolland, Conn.) led four student-athletes in double digits for Eastern Connecticut with a game-high 23 points. She knocked down eight-of-11 attempts from the field, including a game-high seven triples. Classmate Bridget Durette (Seymour, Conn.) registered a double-double, scoring 17 points and pulling in 11 rebounds. Paradis handed out a team-high five helpers as the hosts won their fifth consecutive game.


The Anchorwomen held a five steal advantage (12-7), but the Warriors had the edge in shooting percentage (54.4-47.4) and rebounding (35-25).