November 21, 2009



Salem, MA—Sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) was named MVP, while senior guard Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) was also tabbed to the All-Tournament Team, as the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team captured the 2009 Salem State Tip-Off Tournament Championship in a 69-60 win over Northwood at Twohig Gymnasium.



 Sophomore forward Rachel Riley


The Anchorwomen (3-0), who defeated Salem State, 54-52, in semifinal action last night, saw Riley score a career-high 22 points and record her second straight double-double with 15 rebounds in the win. Scott contributed to the RIC attack with 17 points, while senior guard Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, RI) dished out seven assists.


"Our depth was a big key for us in this win," RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. "Playing on back to back days and battling early foul trouble to three of our starters, our bench not only maintained our lead, but increased it over the course of the game. By maintaining around a 10-point advantage, we put ourselves in a position to seal the win with great time management and offensive execution over the final five minutes." 


Scott made a layup three seconds into the game as Rhode Island College never trailed to win its third straight game for the first time in 12 years. The Anchorwomen scored the first nine points of the game, capped by sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) three-pointer at 18:19.


Northwood battled back to tie the game, 19-19, on a Sissy Ryan three-pointer at 9:29. RIC countered with an 11-0 run, paced by six Riley points. The Anchorwomen went into the half with a 10-point, 36-26, advantage.


The two teams played even in the second half, although Northwood would not get closer than five points to RIC.


Rhode Island College shot 46 percent (28-for-61) from the field and 40 percent (12-for-30) from downtown. Northwood shot 32 percent (19-for-60) on the day. The Anchorwomen held the advantage in rebounding, 44-37.


Riley averaged 12 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks at the tourney. Scott averaged 10.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in the two wins.


In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will travel to Bridgewater State on Tuesday, Nov. 24.