December 3, 2009






Providence, RIóFreshman forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) scored a career-high 18 points as the Rhode Island College womenís basketball team stayed undefeated in a 74-53 win over Connecticut College at The Murray Center.






 Freshman forward Courtney Burns




The Anchorwomen (6-0) continue an impressive run to open the 2009-10 campaign, equaling the 1997-98 editionís unbeaten mark through the first six contests. The Camels (2-3) lose for the third time in four games.



 "We can attribute this win to our half court defensive effort," RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. "We were able to limit open looks by Connecticut's shooters and really forced them into some tough shots and turnovers that we were able to captilize on. We have to try to build on this defensive effort when we open conference play this Saturday."




Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) led all scorers with 20 points. Junior guard Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) had 15 points, five rebounds and three steals, while sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) registered nine points, nine rebounds and a team-high four assists.




Connecticut College sophomore guard Jacqueline Shinall (Redding, CT) opened the game with a layup to put the visitors on top, but the Anchorwomen countered with an 8-0 run paced by a conventional three-point play by Burns and a long ball by Coro.




Shinall answered right back with back-to-back treys to tie the game, 8-8, at 17:13. The two squads went back and forth with Camels taking what proved to be their final lead of the night, 14-13, on two free throws by sophomore forward Kim Horne (Newport, NH) at 14:00.






 Sophomore forward Rachel Riley




Conn. College tied the game up 15-15, with 12:03 left, but RIC closed out the half on a 23-12 run to take a 38-27 lead into intermission. RIC shot 53 percent (16-for-30) from the field and forced 17 Camel turnovers. The visitors mustered only a 33 percent (8-for-24) effort from the field through the first 20 minutes.




A three-pointer by Shinall at 16:51 pulled the Camels within seven points, 41-34, but the visitors would get no closer the rest of the way. Connecticut College cut the deficit to nine, 45-36, at 15:22, but a Coro trifecta got the lead back over 10. The advantage swelled to a game-high 22 points, 72-50, with 55 seconds left.


RIC shot 49 percent (28-for-57) from the field, while CC finished at 31 percent (15-for-48). Although the Camels outrebounded RIC, 36-35, they finished with 31 turnovers.


Four Anchorwomen were credited with three steals, led by Burns. She also went to the free throw line quite frequently, making 8-of-13 of her attempts.


Shinall finished with 17 points, while her sister, Jenn, had 12 points.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open Little East Conference play at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Dec. 5.