December 8, 2009






Providence, RI—Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team defeated Salve Regina, 81-65, at The Murray Center on Tuesday evening.






 Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro




“Our defense and ability to force turnovers covered us in between our offensive runs,” RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. “It was great to see each run was led by a different teammate leading to a very balanced scoring attack.”




The Anchorwomen (7-1) only trailed once in the entire ballgame. RIC built a first-half best, 11-point, 20-9, lead with 12:29 remaining on a freshman forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) layup.






 Freshman forward Courtney Burns




Salve Regina (4-3) outscored RIC, 20-8, over the next 7:15 to take a 29-28 lead with 5:14 left. Sophomore guard Brittany Saccoccio (Glocester, RI) hit back-to-back layups, followed by a longball, bucket and foul shot by Coro, to give the hosts a lead they would never relinquish. The Anchorwomen closed out the half on a 14-3 run.




Junior forward Erin Phillips (Morristown, NJ) hit two free throws to pull the Seahawks within two points, 46-44, with 13:39 left in the second half, but that would be as close as SRU would get. Rhode Island College responded with a 10-2 run to build a 56-46 lead at the 10-minute mark. The host’s advantage, which never dipped below double digits and reached a game-high of 17, easily won the game down the stretch.




Five Anchorwomen scored in double figures led by Coro’s effort. Burns finished with 14 points, five rebounds and a game-high seven steals. Senior guard Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) came on strong in the second half, finishing with 13 points and three steals. Sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) had 12 points, seven rebounds and four swipes.




Phillips finished with 18 points, five rebounds and four steals in a losing effort.




Despite being outrebounded, 45-37, RIC forced 28 turnovers on 21 steals. The Anchorwomen shot 43 percent (33-for-77) from the field, while the Seahawks shot 40 percent (23-for-58).



In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference play at home against UMass Boston on Saturday, Dec. 12.