January 6, 2010






Bristol, RI—Sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) posted her fourth double-double of the season with 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting and 11 rebounds to stop the Rhode Island College women's basketball team's season-high two-game losing streak in a 79-50 win at Roger Williams.






 Sophomore forward Rachel Riley




The Anchorwomen (9-3) used a full-court press throughout the game, forcing 28 turnovers and stifling the Hawk (3-7) offense. On the other end of the court, RIC crashed the offensive boards, outrebounding Roger Williams 26-8 on the offensive end.




"Our pressure defense  allowed us to get out of the box quickly," Head Coach Marcus Reilly said afterwards, "but we were most satisfied with our half court defense to close the game.  We will have to continue this type of defense and communication as we approach conference play."


RIC began the game with a pair of layups by senior guard Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) and Riley for a quick 4-0 advantage. The Hawks came back with a bucket by Alexandria Lanieri (Port Jefferson, NY) and two free throws by Elizabeth Kilzi (Waverly, PA) to tie the game. That would be as close as the Hawks would get throughout the remainder of the game, as the Anchorwomen scored 13 straight points, nine of which came from sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI).




RIC maintained its double-digit lead throughout the half, building the team’s largest lead, a 20-point advantage, at the 6:16 mark with the score 39-19. Despite the large deficit, the Hawks were able to climb their way back to within 12 by the end of the period, with Lanieri and Danielle Perrault (Ridgefield, CT) responsible for all but four of the Hawks final 16 points in the final 4:47 of the half.




The Hawks’ effort was quickly undone by the Anchorwomen in the opening of the second half, as three straight RIC layups stretched the lead back to 18 in the first two minutes of the frame. Pushing the tempo hard in the half, Rhode Island College scored 20 points in the first 5:48 of the half, while holding RWU to only four points during that stretch. Leading 64-36 at that point, the RIC lead never dropped below 23, easing to the 29-point win.




Coro added 16 points and three steals, while Scott chipped in with 12 points.




Lanieri notched her fifth double-double of the season for RWU, going for 10 points and 11 boards. Nicole Atchue (North Grafton, MA) led the Hawks in scoring with 12 points to go along with six rebounds, while Kilzi added 10 points.



In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume the Little East Conference schedule at Keene State on Saturday, Jan. 9.