December 1, 2009






Providence, RIóSenior guard Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, RI) scored 13 points to help lead the Rhode Island College womenís basketball team to its fifth straight win in a 78-55 victory over Johnson & Wales at The Murray Center.






 Senior guard Alice Mullen




The Anchorwomen (5-0) stay unbeaten and continue the programís best start in 12 years. The Wildcats (2-3), who were playing on back-to-back nights, see their modest two-game win streak come to an end in the loss.




 "We were able to put together some extended periods of quality stops on the defensive end that allowed us to stretch our lead," RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. "We have to stretch that level of defense into a 40 minute effort every night and continue with the balanced scoring attack we had to night to improve."




Rhode Island College wins for the seventh straight time vs. the Wildcats. 11 different Anchorwomen scored at least two points in the win.




Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, to go along with nine points, two assists, a block and a steal. Senior guard LaSheena Boyd (Stratford, CT) had nine points and five boards.






 Senior guard LaSheena Boyd




Freshman guard Allyson Dowen (Burlington, VT) led the way for Johnson & Wales with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists, while senior forward Alexia Ramirez (San Marcos, CA) added 15 points and seven boards. Junior forward Katurah Andrews (Hartford, CT) also tallied a double-double in the setback, tallying 10 points and 10 rebounds.




Rhode Island College controlled the action in the early stages of the game, taking a 20-13 lead on a layup by Jenn Knott (Narragansett, RI) with 11:35 left in the half.  Johnson & Wales responded, however, and took their first lead of the game after an 8-0 run when a pair of free throws by Dowen gave the squad the 21-20 advantage with 9:13 on the clock. The Anchorwomen then closed out the stanza on a 21-6 run, while holding JWU without a field goal in the last 10:38 of the first en route to a 41-27 advantage heading in to the locker room at halftime.




RIC shot 48 percent (13-for-27) from the field, including six three pointers while holding JWU to just 30 percent (9-for-30) from the field with 11 turnovers over the first 20 minutes.


In the second half, Johnson & Wales chipped away at the lead and a pair of free throws by Dowen closed the Wildcats to within nine points, 46-37, with 14:14 remaining in the contest. A 15-2 run by the Anchorwomen, capped by a layup by senior guard Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY), gave the team their biggest lead of the game, 61-39 with just under 10 minutes left in the game. RIC led by as many as 29 points (72-43) late in the second half before cruising to the 78-55 victory-the largest margin of victory for the club this season.


RIC finished the night, shooting 38 percent (24-for-63) from the field, while the Wildcats shot 32 percent (20-for-62). The Anchorwomen held the advantage in rebounding, 46-42.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Connecticut College on Thursday, Dec. 3.