December 9, 2008




Wellesley, MA-Wellesley College outscored Rhode Island College, 49-23, in the second half to erase a 15-point halftime deficit en route to a 73-62 win on Tuesday evening. The Anchorwomen see their modest three-game winning streak come to an end as their record dips to 4-5 on the season. The Blue raise their mark to 5-2.


RIC freshman guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) finished with a team-high 14 points, to go along with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Senior guard Tyla Martin (Cumberland, RI) chipped in with 13 points, three boards and a pair of steals. Junior forward Ashley Abrahamson (Raynham, MA) led the Anchorwomen with six rebounds.


 After facing a 19-point deficit midway through the second half, the Blue outscored the Anchorwomen 29-2 in the final eight minutes of the game to grab the come-from-behind victory.


 The visiting Anchorwomen jumped out to an early first-half lead, using a hot hand from the floor to take a 10-4 advantage. Back-to-back three-pointers from junior forward Cassi Malec (Glocester, RI) and senior guard Michelle McNamee (Cranston, RI) stretched the lead to 16-6, forcing a Wellesley timeout. But the Anchorwomen continued to roll, using three treys from Coro to stretch the lead to 31-11 with 7:20 remaining in the half.


 The Blue chipped away in the closing minutes of the period, with a free throw from Jessica Duff (Milton, Abingdon, UK) and a short jumper from Nicole Labbee (Florence, MA). A trey from Robyn Burleson (Seattle, WA), cut the lead further, to 33-19. The two squads traded baskets in the closing minute, as the Anchorwomen took a 39-24 lead into the locker room.


 The Blue opened the second half quickly, using an 8-4 run to cut the lead to 43-32 at the 15:30 mark. The Anchorwomen answered with a run of their own, stretching their advantage back to 55-36 with just over 12:30 remaining.


From that point on, the game belonged to the Blue. Wellesley trimmed the lead to 60-50 on a layup from Burleson with 6:30 left in the game. A three-pointer from Courtney Richter (Silver Springs, MD) at the 5:05 mark brought the Blue to within seven, and free throws from Duff and Richter cut the lead to 62-58.


 With 4:00 remaining, Duff hit a layup to bring the Blue to within two. After yet another defensive stop, a three-pointer from Burleson gave Wellesley its first lead of the game with 2:45 left on the clock. Back-to-back layups from Labbee and Duff stretched the Blue’s lead to five, and a Duff putback gave the Blue a 70-62 lead with :45 remaining.


Julia Thomas sank a free throw to push the lead to nine, and Duff capped off the comeback with a steal and layup to give the Blue the win. 


In upcoming action, RIC will resume Little East Conference play when it hosts Keene State on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. at The Murray Center.