February 5, 2009






Providence, RIóFreshman guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) netted a game-high 19 points as Rhode Island College cruised to a 71-60 win over Fitchburg State College in non-conference womenís basketball action on Thursday evening at The Murray Center.




The Anchorwomen raise their record to 9-11, while the Falcons fall to 12-8.




RIC opened up a 17-7 lead at the 13:53 mark paced by 11 and six points by Coro and junior forward Cassi Malec (Glocester, RI), respectively. Coro drained three treys, while Malec netted two three-balls during the run.



Junior forward Cassi Malec



The visitors stormed back with a 10-0 run of their own to tie the game, 17-all with 10:39 left in the half. Four different Falcons scored during the comeback, led by a freshman guard Amandra Purcell (Hudson, NH) trifecta and a three-point play by sophomore forward Melissa Profitt (Hubbardston, MA).



With the game tied up, 19-19, junior guard LaSheena Boyd (Stratford, CT) fed Coro for layup and RIC never looked back. The bucket keyed a 15-0 run by the hosts, who outscored the Falcons, 24-7, over the final 10:02 of the first stanza to take a 43-26 lead into halftime.


The Anchorwomen kept up the pressure with a 9-2 run to open the second half, building a game-high 24-point lead, 52-28, with 16:10 left. Fitchburg State pulled within 13 points, 61-48, on a freshman forward Rebecca Goreham (Quincy, MA) three-pointer at 8:30. RIC junior forward Ashley Abrahamson (Raynham, MA) cashed in with a layup and free throw to curb the threat. Malec drained her fourth three-ball of the night to put the lead back to 20 points, 70-50, with 5:21 and effectively seal the win.


The visitors went on a 10-0 run to pull within 10 points, 70-60, as time wound down, but Coro ended the game with a free throw.


Coro scores in double figures for the 18th time in the last 19 games. Malec was deadly from downtown, shooting 4-for-6 for a 12-point effort. Freshman forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) logged six points, six rebounds, two assists, four steals and a block.


Goreham posted a double-double for FSC with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Profitt had 13 points and seven rebounds. Despite holding an advantage on the glass (36-26), the Falcons turned the ball over 26 times.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume the Little East Conference circuit at Plymouth State on Saturday, Feb. 7.