January 4, 2010






Williamstown, MA—Despite trimming a 17-point second half deficit down to just one point, Rhode Island College came up short in a 51-48 loss to the Ephs in the consolation game of the Williams College Winter Classic. RIC loses back-to-back games for the first time this season as the Anchorwomen fall to 8-3 overall. Williams raised its record to 9-4 with the victory




"I was proud of the way we battled back from 17 down on the road against a very good opponent in Williams to give ourselves a chance to win," RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. " Our defensive intensity was on for 40 minutes and we must sustain that heading into Little East play.  Our conference is loaded again from top to bottom and this tournament has certainly helped prepare us for conference play." 






Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro 




RIC sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI), who was named to the All-Tournament Team, scored 13 points to lead the visitors, while classmate forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) matched her offensive output.




Williams came out of the gate slow, scoring their first basket of the game after two and a half minutes had ticked off the clock. The Ephs called a timeout with 13:42 to play in the first half after falling behind, 11-4. Grace Rehnquist and Jennie Harding teamed up to score nine points off three shots from behind the arc to tie the game in just two minutes.




With the score knotted at 15 apiece with 11:01 on the clock, the Ephs found momentum.  Harding scored off a drive in the lane to bring the Ephs their first lead of the game at 17-16.  Williams built a 10-point lead at 26-16, the biggest advantage of the first half for either team, and led by eight at the break.




Williams continued to control the pace of play in the second half, as Rhode Island struggled on the defensive end of the floor.  Harding scored on a fast break for two points with 13:56 to play in the game.  The Anchorwomen called a timeout, but Harding scored of a turnover on the following possession, forcing RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly to call a second timeout.  Jill Greenberg responded with a three-pointer to bring the lead to 39-22.




The Anchorwomen slowly chipped away at the Ephs lead, and with 3:14 to play, the visiting squad had narrowed the lead to single digits at 49-41.  Senior guard LaSheena Boyd (Stratford, CT) scored a running jumper in the paint to bring the score to 49-43.  Sophomore point guard Britney Saccoccio (Glocester, RI) nailed two free throws on the ensuing offensive possession to narrow the deficit to four.




Williams’ Head Coach Pat Manning called a timeout, but the Ephs would commit three consecutive turnovers after the stoppage. The host's defense did their part and did not allow a field goal off the  first three turnovers.  RIC senior guard Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) made the back end of her two free throws to pull the visitors within a possession, 49-46. Williams committed a fourth turnover, and this time Rhode Island converted to cut the deficit to 49-48 with 21 seconds to play.




Williams called another timeout, and played a successful press break to score two. Chessie Jackson fed a lob pass to Kelsey Ham who had an open layup.   Coro attempted a three in the final seconds of the game, but missed wide to give Williams the win.



In upcoming action, RIC will play at Roger Williams on Wednesday, Jan. 6.