November 17, 2009



Providence, RIóSenior guard Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, RI) scored a career-high 19 points to lead the Rhode Island College womenís basketball team to a 72-53 win over Wellesley in the two clubís season-opening game on Tuesday night at The Murray Center.



 Senior guard Alice Mullen


Mullen came off the bench to shoot 7-for-10 from the field and drained 5-of-7 from three-point land to surpass her previous best point total by one. Junior guard Lauren Harrington (Exeter, RI) pumped in 11 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out four assists and made two steals. Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) registered 11 points, five rebounds and swiped four steals. Sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) corralled a game-high seven boards to go along with eight points.


The Anchorwomen were able to get 14 players into the game, 10 of which scored at least one point. RIC pressured the Blue, who only dressed seven players, into 32 turnovers by making 22 steals.


The game was close for the first 6:38 of the first half as Wellesley sophomore center KD Stearns (Eustis, FL) tied the game, 8-8, with a jumper. With the hosts up by five, 15-10, freshman guard Malia Maier (Torrance, CA) sank two free throws to pull the Blue within three points with 8:16 remaining.


RIC once again extended its advantage to eight points, 22-14, on a Harrington jumper with 5:18 left, only to see Maier cut the lead down to three, 24-21, with a layup and a three-pointer, with 2:31 left. Rhode Island College went on an 11-2 run to close out the stanza, paced by two Mullen treys, to lead, 34-23, at the break.



 Junior guard Lauren Harrington


The Anchorwomen scored the first six points of the second half and never looked back. RICís advantage grew to a game-high 29 points, 60-31, with 10:54 left. A senior forward Christina Coro (North Providence, RI) jumper with 1:15 left in the contest gave RIC a 72-48 lead, but the visitors scored the final five points of the game to lose by 19.


RIC shot 50 percent (32-for-64) from the field and 47 percent (8-for-17) from downtown. Wellesley shot 43 percent (20-for-47) on the night.


Maier equaled Mullenís game-high scoring effort with 19 points, while freshman forward Becca Kimball (Weston, MA) contributed 16 points and seven rebounds.


In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will face Salem State in semifinal action of the Salem State Tip-Off Tournament on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.