December 2, 2008




Coro's Season-High Leads Anchorwomen Past Wildcats


PROVIDENCE, R.I.Freshman guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, R.I.) scored a season-high 20 points to help the Rhode Island College women's basketball snap a four-game losing streak in a 76-67 victory at Johnson & Wales this evening. The Anchorwomen used a balanced attack as five student-athletes netted at least eight points, including three players in double figures.



Freshman guard Stephanie Coro


Junior forward Ashley Abrahamson (Raynham, Mass.) scored 16 points and shared team-high honors with six rebounds, while junior guard LaSheena Boyd (Stratford, Conn.) tossed in 10 points to join Coro in double digits in scoring. Junior forward Cassi Malec (Johnson, R.I.) pulled in six rebounds, while classmate Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, R.I.) handed out four assists. 


Rhode Island College  (2-4) jumped out to an early 11-6 lead after a three-point play by senior Michelle McNamee (Cranston, R.I.) with 12:22 left in the first half.  Johnson & Wales (3-4) responded with 12-6 run of their own to take an 18-17 lead on a layup by Alexia Ramirez (San Marcos, Calif.) with 5:14 remaining in the frame.  The Anchorwomen closed out the half with a 13-2 run to take the, 30-20, lead into the locker room.  The visitors had a 30-20 advantage in rebounds, while the hosts shot just 30.8% from the field.



Rhode Island College would lead by as many as 12 early in the second half, when a layup by Abrahamson put the team up 36-24 with 16:08 left on the clock.  The Wildcats would once again respond with an 11-1 run, capped by a three-pointer by senior Johanna Santosuosso (Salem, Calif.) with 13:24 remaining to make the score 37-34. 


The Anchorwomen would regain control of the contest with a 22-12 surge to give Rhode Island College a 14-point advantage (59-45) with 7:33 remaining in regulation. Coro and freshman forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, R.I.) keyed the run with seven and six points, respectively. Malec and Boyd capped the surge with a three-pointer, respectively.


 Johnson & Wales would not go quietly as the hosts whittle its deficit to just five points when a pair of free throws by Maria Valletta (Greenville, R.I.) made the score 67-62 with 1:30 remaining in the contest.  The Anchorwomen would hold the Wildcats at an arms length as the visitors went 9-for-9 from the charity stripe to seal the victory.


Ramirez had a double-double for Johnson & Wales, scoring 27 points and collecting a game-high 12 rebounds, while seniors Santosuosso and Valletta each had 12 points in the setback for the Wildcats.


Rhode Island College returns to action at 7 p.m. on Dec. 4, when the Anchorwomen travel to Connecticut College.