January 19, 2010






Danbury, CTSophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) posted her sixth double-double of the season with 24 points and 15 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Rhode Island College women's basketball team from losing its fourth straight game in an 83-79 loss to Western Connecticut at Feldman Arena on Tuesday evening.






 Sophomore forward Rachel Riley




The Anchorwomen (9-7, 1-5), who had jumped out to the program's best start in 17 years (8-1) to open the year, have just one win in seven tries since returning from the Christmas holidays. RIC squandered a 13-point, 46-33, halftime lead suffer their sixth loss by four points or less on the season.




Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) shot the ball very well (8-for-16) for 21 points, while senior backcourt mate Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) was equally hot (6-for-8) for 20 points. With the win, WestConn’s season record improves to 14-2 and it remains perfect in Little East Conference play at 6-0. 




After trailing by as many as 22 points in the first half, the Colonials stormed back in the second half and then held on down the stretch for a thrilling




RJunior Heather Lee (Seymour, CT) led all scorers with 26 points. Also scoring in double figures for the Colonials were junior Karli Spera (Waterford, CT) with 21 points and junior Melissa Teel (Hamden, CT) with 13. Teel, last week's NEWBA and LEC player of the week, recorded her 14th double-double of the season by also grabbing 17 rebounds to go with five blocks and three steals.




Rhode Island College dominated play early in the first half scoring 18 of the game's first 20 points and leading 26-4 at the 13:52 mark. WestConn battled back, but the Anchorwomen still held a 13-point lead, 46-33, going into the locker room at intermission.




WestConn's defense held Rhode Island College scoreless for the first five minutes of the second half and pulled within one point, 46-45. After a RIC free throw, Lee buried a 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Colonials their first lead of the game, 48-47, at the 14:55 mark.




The score remained tight for the remainder of the second half and when Riley hit two free throws with 40 seconds remaining, the WestConn lead was cut to one point. Lee then converted a layup to push the WestConn lead back to three, but two Scott free throws closed the gap to one, with seven seconds remaining. 



 Lee was fouled quickly after WestConn inbounded the ball and made her first free throw.  Her second attempt from the line missed the mark, but senior Katie Moffo (Southington, CT) grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled. After a quiet evening offensively, Moffo calmly hit both free throws to put the game out of reach and give the Colonials a hard-fought victory.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play when it hosts Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Jan. 23.