November 15, 2008




Junior forward nets 22 in first game in almost two years


Newport, RI—Rhode Island College junior forward Cassi Malec (Johnston, RI) scored a team-high 22 points as the Anchorwomen cruised past Salve Regina, 75-64, in the opening game of the 2008-09 women’s basketball season at the Rodgers Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon.






 Junior Forward Cassi Malec




A serious knee injury limited Malec to just seven games in 2006-07 and forced her to sit out all of last season. Malec matched her career-high in points, while also contributing eight rebounds.




Junior forward Ashley Abrahamson (Raynham, MA), a transfer from the Community College of Rhode Island, chipped in with a double-double effort, recording 11 points and tying the game-high with 10 rebounds. Abrahamson tied fellow CCRI transfer, junior guard LaSheena Boyd (Stratford, CT) with a team-high four assists. Boyd scored six points and registered seven rebounds.






 Junior Forward Ashley Abrahamson




Freshman guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) made the most of her collegiate debut, scoring 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds.





 Freshman Guard Stephanie Coro



Although they trailed by 11 early on, the Anchorwomen held a two-point, 28-26, advantage at the half, then pulled away in the second stanza, outscoring the Seahawks by nine, 47-38. Malec forced the sixth and final tie with a jumper from the top of the key before a three-pointer by Coro gave the Anchorwomen the lead for good. RIC shot 58.1 percent in the second half and were led by Malec and Coro, who combined to shoot 5-of-6 from three-point range.


RIC turned the ball over 23 times as SRU forced 12 steals. The Seahawk duo of senior guard Allegra Lavoy (Charlestown, RI) and sophomore forward Erin Phillips (Morristown, NJ) each turned in double-double efforts. Lavoy scored a game-high 24 points, dished out six assists and pulled in 10 boards, while Phillips notched efforts of 12 and 10, respectively.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Wesleyan on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.