January 9, 2010






Keene, NHRhode Island College shot just 29 percent (9-for-31) from three-point land, was outrebounded, 53-33, and committed 20 turnovers in a 60-55 loss to Keene State in Little East Conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium.




Sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) was one of the few Anchorwomen to shoot well, going 6-for-7 in a 12-point, seven-rebound effort. As a team, RIC shot just 36 percent (20-for-56) from the field.




"Keene State's dominance on the glass negated what was otherwise a great defensive effort," RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said afterwards. "We can't expect to win a conference game when we give up that many second shots and extra possessions, especially against Keene on the road."





Sophomore forward Rachel Riley


Improving its record to 8-3 and 2-1 in the LEC, Keene placed three players in double figures.  Senior guard Kristin Degou (Newburyport, MA) led the way with 14 points to go with eight rebounds, while seniors Nicole Simmler (Oxford, MA) and Alyssa Sapp (Hartford, VT) each finished with 13 points.   Senior forward Jen Cleaveland (Newington, CT) added a game high nine rebounds.




The Anchorwomen, who lose for the third time in the squad's last four contests, fall to 9-4 overall and 1-2 in the league. Senior guard LaSheena Boyd (Stratford, CT) had nine points and five assists off the bench.




Rhode Island College took its largest lead of the first half (17-8) on a top of the key three-pointer by senior guard Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, RI) at the 8:55 mark.




After struggling from the field for most of the first half, Keene State took its first lead of the game with 1:23 to go.  Sapp hit a put-back shot and a free throw to put the Owls up, 26-25.  Sapp followed with a coast-to-coast drive to account for the 28-25 halftime score.




The Owls found the shooting touch early in the second half, taking a 19 point (55-36) lead on conventional three-point play, a lay-up and free throw, by sophomore forward Courtney   Cirillo (Winsor Locks, CT) with 9:09 to go.



RIC rallied behind the three-point shooting of Boyd. The senior guard hit three straight top-of-the-key three-balls and Riley connected on a turn-around jumper to cut the Owls lead to just two points with 1:12 to play.


 Following a free-throw by Degou, Mullen, looking to tie the game, put up a three-pointer that bounced up in the air, went around the rim and dropped in the hands of Simmler.


 Fouled on the play, Simmer hit a pair of free throws to put the Owls up, 60-55, with 34 seconds to play.  Mullen and sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) missed three-point shots in the closing seconds enabling KSC to hold on for the LEC win.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at home against Southern Maine on Tuesday, Jan. 12.