February 21, 2009




Abrahamson Pumps In 16 in a Losing Effort


Providence, RI—Senior guard Nicky Morey (Columbia, CT) led all scorers with 20 points as No. 14 Eastern Connecticut sailed past Rhode Island College, 68-48, in the final regular season home game for both clubs.






 RIC Senior Captains Tyla Martin and Michelle McNamee




The Warriors (23-2, 13-1), who wrapped up the Little East Conference Regular Season Championship with a win on Tuesday night over Keene State, is the top seed and will host eighth-seeded UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday night in quarterfinal action of the 2009 LEC Women’s Basketball Tournament. RIC (10-15, 5-9) is the sixth seed and will play at third-seeded Southern Maine on Tuesday evening.




Eastern Connecticut took an early eight-point, 14-6, lead at 15:58 of the first half. Sophomore guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven, CT) paced the attack with two jump shots, while Morey sank three free throws and senior backcourt mate Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA) buried a three-pointer.




The Anchorwomen went on 13-4 run over the next 5:49 to take its only lead of the day, 19-18, on a layup by junior guard LaSheena Boyd (Stratford, CT). The Warriors quickly regained the advantage with a 6-0 run, keyed by two sophomore forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville, CT) buckets off the bench.




RIC countered with a freshman forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) layup and a jumper by senior guard Tyla Martin (Cumberland, RI) to pull the hosts within two points, 25-23, at 4:23.  The visitors outscored the Anchorwomen, 9-3, down the stretch, paced by five more points from Pierlioni, to take an eight-point, 34-26, lead into halftime.






 Martin & McNamee, along with their families and Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo, during the Senior Day festivities.




Eastern Connecticut quickly raised its advantage to double digits, 45-35, over the first 5:32 of the second half and never looked back. The Warriors built a game-high 24-point lead, 67-43, with 3:01 left in the contest, capped by a freshman forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) free throw. Boyd’s three-pointer with 2:23 left in the game ended the scoring.




Morey scored 13 of her 20 points in the second half, shooting 7-for-12 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line. She added seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Pierlioni was a wrecking crew in the first half, piling up nine of her 12 points and five of her eight boards in the first 20 minutes.




Senior center Ashley McFetridge (Canton, CT) pulled in a game-high 13 rebounds. Moriarty and senior forward Kate Brunet (Bristol, CT) chipped in with 11 points apiece.




Junior forward Ashley Abrahamson (Raynham, MA) equaled her season-high with 16 points. Boyd netted 11 of her 13 points in the second half. Riley led RIC with eight rebounds, to go along with eight points.






 Junior forward Ashley Abrahamson




Prior to the start of the game, senior guard Michelle McNamee (Cranston, RI) and Tyla Martin (Cumberland, RI) were honored, along with their families, as part of Senior Day 2009.