January 23, 2010






Providence, RIóSenior guard Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Rhode Island College womenís basketball team past Eastern Connecticut, 58-46, in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center.






 Senior guard Denise Scott




Scott, who netted 20 in a 59-55 loss to the Warriors back on Dec. 5, shot 8-of-13 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists and swiped two steals.




The Anchorwomen (10-7, 2-5) snap a four-game losing streak, while the Warriors (12-4, 6-1), who were previously unbeaten in league play, see a nine-game winning streak come to an end.




Turnovers plagued the visitors all night as Eastern Connecticut lost possession of the ball 26 times. RIC only posted eight turnovers and were able to get off 23 more shots than the Warriors.




The Anchorwomen scored the first two baskets of the game, only to see Eastern Connecticut erupt for nine straight to take a 9-4 lead at 14:03. Freshman forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford, CT) had five points during the run with two layups and a free throw.




RIC rattled off a 7-2 run to tie the game, 11-all at 11:34, capped by a layup from sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI). After Eastern built a 14-13 lead, a layup and jumper by Scott gave the hosts a three-point advantage, 17-14, at 6:52.  The two clubs were not able to score over the next 4:19. RIC freshman forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) broke the stalemate with two free throws and sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) followed with a layup to put RIC up by seven, 21-14, with 1:58 left.




Two free throws and a bucket by ECSU freshman guard Jessica Blodgett (Niantic, CT) sent the Warriors into halftime down by just four points, 22-18.




In the second half, Eastern Connecticut trimmed the deficit down to two points, 27-25, at 16:24 on a sophomore center Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI) layup. RIC quickly went up by six, 31-25, on back-to-back buckets by Burns and junior guard Lauren Harrington (Exeter, RI) at 14:25.




 Junior guard Lauren Harrington


ECSU junior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven, CT) cut the deficit in half with a three-pointer to pull the Warriors within three, 31-28, at 13:45. Once again, Scott answered the call with consecutive layups to keep the visitors from tying.


From then on, it was all Rhode Island College as Eastern Connecticut would get no closer than six points the rest of the way. A three-pointer by senior guard Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, RI) effectively sealed the game for RIC, giving the Anchorwomen a game-high, 13-point, 51-38, lead with 3:12 remaining.


Although Eastern held an advantage in rebounding, 39-35, the turnovers and lack of shot attempts did the Warriors in. ECSU shot 39 percent (16-for-41) from the field and just 25 percent (3-12), on three Moriarty long-range shots, from three-point land.


RIC didnít fair much better, coming in at 33 percent both from the field (21-for-64) and from downtown (4-for-12).


Mullen finished with eight points, while Coro and Harrington each had seven.


ECSU freshman center Lauren Kelleher (Dartmouth, MA) posted a game-high 11 rebounds, while junior Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville, CT) grabbed 10. Moriarty scored 13 to lead the visitors.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play when it hosts UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, Jan. 26.