December 5, 2009






Willimantic, CTRhode Island College saw its undefeated mark come to an end in a 59-55 loss to Eastern Connecticut in the Little East Conference women's basketball opener for both clubs on Saturday afternoon at Geissler Gymnasium.




Despite being down by 12 points with four minutes left, the Anchorwomen (6-1, 0-1) went on an 11-1 run to cut the gap to two, 55-53, on a steal and bucket by senior guard Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) with 20 seconds left. Eastern (2-2, 1-0) freshman forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford, CT) then made a game-saving play when she rebounded a missed Eastern free throw with 14 seconds left, and sank both free throws after being fouled to make it 57-53. After Scott sank two free throws with nine seconds left, junior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven, CT) swished two with seven seconds left to seal the win.




"I was proud of the way our kids battled back to give themselves a chance to win in a very tough place and against the defending conference champions,"  RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said of his team. "However, we learned a valuable lesson about conference play in that we must come out with a higher level of focus and execution from the very beginning to be as successful as we are capable of being." 






 Senior guard Denise Scott




Eastern survived turning the ball of 32 times. The two teams combined to convert 40-of-50 free throws. Scott was 7-for-8 for RIC and Carter, sophomore forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) and junior forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville, CT) combined to shoot 16-of-18 from the stripe for Eastern.




Scott finished with 20 points to lead the Anchorwomen, while sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.




Moriarty paced the Warriors with 18 points, five rebounds and two steals. Chapman finished with 14 points and six boards, while Pierlioni contributed 12 points and five rebounds.



RIC shot 31 percent (19-for-62) from the field, while ECSU finished at 42 percent (17-for-41). RIC was outrebounded, 42-27, and made just 1-of-14 from beyond the three-point arc.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Salve Regina on Tuesday, Dec. 8.