February 2, 2010






Fitchburg, MAŚSophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) scored 20 points as the Rhode Island College women's basketball team won for the fourth consecutive game in a 71-53 victory over Fitchburg State on Tuesday night.





 Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro




RIC raised its record to 13-7, while the Falcons fall to 9-11. "Again, it was our defense that fueled our offense and secured a good win on the road," RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. "We have to be able to sustain our defensive intensity and build on our momentum as we had into the stretch run of conference play."




Coro led all scorers on 8-of-19 shooting from the floor, while senior Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, RI) totaled 14 points off the bench with 4-of-5 shooting from long range. Sophomore Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) also notched double-figures for the Anchorwomen with 12 points and six rebounds.




Junior Molly Maloney (Taunton, MA) led all Fitchburg State scorers with a team-best 10 points, shooting 4-of-10 from the field and 2-of-4 from three point range. Classmate Kelley Rogers (Lowell, MA) and sophomore Rebecca Goreham (Quincy, MA) both added eight points to the mix, while junior Kristen Love (Londonderry, NH./Londonderry) notched six points and six boards off the bench.




Rhode Island applied pressure to the Fitchburg State offense from the get-go as the Anchorwomen caused seven Falcon turnovers in the opening six minutes to grab an eight point advantage. Senior Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) sparked the Anchorwomen with four steals and six points in the run, while Coro nailed the first shot of the game from long range.




The Anchorwomen went up by as much as 20 late in the first half, but Fitchburg State rallied back, closing the Rhode Island lead to only 11 at the break (40-29). The Falcons used a 7-0 run over the final 3:32 to stay within striking distance as junior Melissa Proffitt (Hubbardston, MA), senior Kari Averill (Barre, VT) and Rogers each totaled a pair of points.




In the second half, Rhode Island ended the Fitchburg State momentum as the Anchormen notched an 18-4 run over the first ten minutes to grab a commanding 25 point lead. Coro led 10, second-half, Rhode Island scorers with nine points in the frame, while Lauren Harrington (Exeter, RI) added five and two rebounds.    



In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume the Little East Conference schedule at home against Keene State on Saturday, Feb. 6.