January 27, 2009




 Coro Ties Program Record for Steals in Losing Effort


Providence, RIóWestern Connecticut snuck by Rhode Island College, 59-54, in a Little East Conference womenís basketball battle on Tuesday evening at The Murray Center. The Colonials stay on top of the conference standings, raising their league mark to 7-1 and overall record to 14-3. The Anchorwomen fall to 8-10 and 4-4 in LEC action.




Rhode Island College pulled within one point, 53-52, with 3:34 left in the game on a freshman forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) layup. The Colonials answered with two free throws by sophomore center Melissa Teel (Hamden, CT) on the ensuing possession.




WestConn forced RIC into a turnover as the Anchorwomen could not get a shot off before the shot clock expired with 2:13 left. Senior forward Isabella Henry (Coram, NY) then came up with a big offensive rebound and putback to give the Colonials a five-point advantage, 57-52, at the 1:40 mark.




Riley made two from the charity stripe with 58 seconds left to make it a one-possession game, 57-54. With 19.2 seconds left, RIC called a timeout. Junior forward Cassi Malecís (Glocester, RI) three-pointer from the corner fell short and freshman guard Stephanie Slonski (Griswold, CT) grabbed the rebound and was fouled. She sank both free throws to end the game.



The two squads played a tight game in the first half. Freshman guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) drained with a three-pointer at 9:41, which snapped a 9-9 deadlock. The hosts built a five-point lead and were able to hold off the visitors until Teel made a layup to tie the game, 25-all with 2:03 left.


Freshman Guard Stephanie Coro


Riley gave the Anchorwomen the lead back, 27-26, with a jumper at 1:03 and junior guard LaSheena Boyd (Stratford, CT) swiped a steal and went in for an uncontested layup to put RIC up by three, 29-26, at the half.


WestConn quickly regained the lead in the second half on back-to-back three-pointers by senior guard Alyssa McGhee (Hartford, CT). The Colonials never trailed the rest of the way, building a game-high 13-point lead, 51-38, with 9:56 left.


RIC went on a 14-2 run to close the gap to one, but could not break through.


Teel led WestConn with 17 points, nine boards and two blocks. McGhee added nine points and two steals. The visitors shot 38 percent (21-for-55) from the field, 28 percent (7-for-25) from downtown and 53 percent (10-for-19) from the free throw line.


Coro led all scorers with a 22-point effort. She made eight steals, tying the RIC record for the most in a game. RIC shot 31 percent (19-for-61) from the field, 50 percent (4-for-8) from three-point range and 80 percent (12-for-15) from the charity stripe.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue the Little East Conference circuit on Saturday, Jan. 31 when the Anchorwomen travel to Keene State.