January 31, 2009






Keene, NH—Senior guard Michelle Boudreau (Keene, NH) led three Owls in double figures as Keene State breezed by Rhode Island College, 79-48, in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium.




Boudreau posted 14 points, logged a game-high seven steals and dished out four assists. She nailed four-of-five from beyond the three-point arc. Junior forward Nicole Simmler (Oxford, MA) and freshman guard Courtney Cirillo (Windsor Locks, CT) each contributed 12 points. Junior forward Jen Cleaveland (Newington, CT) chipped in with nine points and a game-high seven rebounds.




 Holding RIC to just one field goal in the first 7:06 of the half, Keene State went up, 16-2, following a lay-up and free throw by Boudreau. Consecutive conventional three-point plays by Cirillo put the Owls up 22-10 at the 6:48 mark.




 The Anchorwomen got KSC’s lead down to five points, 24-19, on a layup by junior forward Cassi Malec (Glocester, RI) with 3:29 to go in the half.  A three-pointer by junior guard Kristin Degou (Newburyport, MA) in the closing seconds gave the Owls in 10-point, 31-21, halftime lead.




 Keene State scored the first 13 points of the second half to go up 44-21 on a top of the key three-pointer by Boudreau and a lay-up by junior guard Alyssa Sapp (Hartford, VT). Later in the half, a block by Degou resulted in a put back layup at the other end of the court by Simmler that gave the Owls a 57-33 lead with 10:22 to play.




The Anchorwomen (8-11, 4-5) struggled from the floor, shooting just 34 percent (20-for-59) overall and just 15 percent (3-for-20) from downtown. The Owls shot 45 percent (27-for-60) from the field, made 12-of-25 (48 percent) from three-point land and converted 13-of-20 (65 percent) from the free throw line.






 Junior Guard Alice Mullen



Freshman guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) led RIC with 14 points , four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Junior guard Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, RI) tied Cleaveland with a game-high seven boards.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Framingham State in non-conference action on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.