February 10, 2009




Anchorwomen Earn Fifth Conference Win in, 58-52, Victory


Providence, RIóFreshman forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) posted a double-double with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds as Rhode Island College swept the season series from UMass Dartmouth in a 58-52 win on Tuesday evening at The Murray Center.



Freshman Forward Rachel Riley



RIC raises its record to 10-12 overall and 5-6 in the Little East Conference. UMass Dartmouth loses for the eighth straight game to fall to 3-19 overall and 0-11 in league play.




The Anchorwomen held UMass Dartmouth scoreless for the first 7:03 of the first half, opening up a 10-point lead, paced by five Riley points and a junior guard Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, RI) three-pointer. UMass Dartmouth senior guard Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Plymouth, MA) finally put the Corsairs on the board with a three, only to see RIC roll off another five straight points.




The hosts kept up a 10-point advantage until the 6:58 mark, when the Corsairs started chip away at the lead. The visitors pulled within four points, 21-17, on a layup by senior guard Madison Malloy (Cranston, RI) at 4:17. RIC answered the call with back-to-back buckets by Mullen and senior guard Tyla Martin (Cumberland, RI) and took an eight-point, 30-22, lead into halftime.




The Anchorwomen quickly went to work on padding their lead in the second half, outscoring the Corsairs, 12-2, to take a 42-24 lead with 14:41 remaining. Riley was once again a factor in the surge, contributing seven points.




Rhode Island College held a double-digit advantage until the 2:05 mark, but kept the visitors at bay. UMD junior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA) drained a three at the final buzzer to make it a six-point loss.




Riley continued her success against the Corsairs this season as she also recorded a double-double, 15-point, 16-rebound effort, against UMD back on Jan. 20. Mullen pitched in with 13 points and eight boards, while junior forward Cassi Malec (Glocester, RI) equaled Mullenís efforts on the glass to go along with seven points.




Nelson led the visitors with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA) and Malloy each scored 11 in a losing effort.




UMD shot 33 percent (17-for-51) from the field and just 22 percent (4-for-18) from downtown. RIC shot 37 percent from the field (24-for-65) and 26 percent (6-for-23) from three-point land.




In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue the Little East schedule at Southern Maine on Saturday, Feb. 14.