January 26, 2010






Providence, RIóSophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) scored a career-high 33 points as the Rhode Island College womenís basketball team defeated UMass Dartmouth, 64-41, in Little East Conference action on Tuesday night at The Murray Center.






 Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro




Coro shot 11-for-19 from the field, connected on five three-pointers and was perfect from the free throw line (6-for-6) as she scored the most points in a game this season by an LEC player, breaking Keene Stateís Kristin Degouís previous high-mark of 29 set earlier this year.




The Anchorwomen (11-7, 3-5) win for the second straight game, while the Corsairs (7-11, 2-6) see a modest two-game win streak come to an end.




Sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) helped pace the RIC attack with her seventh-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Surprisingly, only three other Anchorwomen scored a point in the win, led by junior guard Lauren Harringtonís (Exeter, RI) nine-point and senior guard Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) eight-point efforts.




 "Our second half defense was as good as it's been all year and provided us the opportunity to pull away and seal the win," RIC Head Women's Basketball Coach Marcus Reilly said. "We need to continue to build on that defensive effort and take better care of the ball moving forward."




Coro was hot from the get-go, nailing two three-pointers, combined with two buckets by Scott, to put the hosts up, 10-2, at the 15:57 mark of the first half. UMass Dartmouth battled back with a 6-4 run to pull within four, 14-10, on a sophomore guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA) jump shot at 12:10.




Coro once again paced an offensive outburst to build a seven-point cushion, 18-11, with just over 10 minutes left to play in the first half. The Corsairs stormed back, eventually trimming their deficit to two points, 21-19, on a jumper by freshman guard Jessica Howlett (North Quincy, MA) with 5:58 left.




The Anchorwomen went into the half up by six as a circus shot by Scott from the baseline gave the hosts a 30-24 lead.




In the second half, it took 3:15 for either team to score as a Riley free throw finally broke the ice. From then on, it was all Rhode Island College. Two Coro free throws gave RIC a double-digit lead, 37-27, at 15:27. After a Riley jump shot put RIC up by 12, the hosts would never see their advantage dip below 11 for the remainder of the game.



A jumper by senior forward Christina Coro (North Providence, RI) equaled RICís largest lead, 27 points, 64-37, with 2:26 left as RIC sailed to its 11th win of the year.


UMD junior guard Lynley DeAmato (Melrose, MA) led the visitors with eight points.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play when it travels to UMass Boston on Saturday, Jan. 30.