February 6, 2010






Providence, RI—Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) scored 16 points and classmate forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) posted her eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team won their fifth straight game in a 59-56 victory over Keene State on Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center.






 Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro




The Anchorwomen split the season series with the Owls, raising their overall record to 14-7 overall and 5-5 in the Little East Conference. Keene State drops to 13-7 overall and 5-5 in league action.




 "We knew it would take another superb defensive effort to get a crucial conference victory today and I was proud that the players delivered on it, especially in the second half," RIC Head Women's Basketball Coach Marcus Reilly said. " Defending is always a total team effort but I was extremely encouraged by the way our players took the responsibility of their individual matchups as well.  The  clincher was our ability to limit second shots by dominating the glass on both ends."




The Anchorwomen opened up an 11-6 lead 5:55 into the game. Keene State sophomore guard Sara Laudano (North Haven, CT) tied the game, 11-all, with a three-pointer at 13:26 of the half, then drained back-to-back trifectas to put the visitors up by four, 17-13, with 12:27 remaining.




A jumper by sophomore guard Brittany Saccoccio (Glocester, RI) and a layup by Riley tied the game at 10:18. The lead went back and forth over the next six minutes before RIC began to pull away with 4:26 left. After a Keene State senior guard Kristin Degou (Newburyport, MA) three-pointer pulled the Owls within one, 28-27, RIC rattled off six straight points to go up, 33-27, with 1:53 left in the first stanza. A Degou layup with 56 seconds left sent KSC into halftime down by four, 33-29.




Freshman forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) scored three points in a 4-0 run to give the hosts an eight-point, 37-29, lead at 18:06 of the second half. The Owls got within three points on two occasions over the next 4:30, only to see the Anchorwomen answer back with a basket.




Keene State began to close the gap at the 12:34 mark when sophomore guard Meghan Farrell (Chester, VT) made a layup to make the score 46-43. Two free throws by senior guard Alyssa Sapp (Hartford, VT) brought KSC within one, 46-45 with 10:05 left in the contest.




RIC junior guard Lauren Harrington (Exeter, RI) answered back with a steal and three-pointer on the next possession. Degou and Sapp finally tied the game, 49-49, with back-to-back layups with 6:23 remaining. With the visitors trailing by two with 4:51 left, Sapp made a layup and sank the ensuing free throw after a foul call to give Owls their first lead, 52-51, since the first half.




Riley, who had a tough shooting night, missed a layup, got her own rebound and made a tough baseline jumper to put the hosts back on top. Senior guard Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) followed with a layup to make the score, 55-52, at 3:57.



Over the final minutes, Keene State would get within one point twice, on senior forward Nicole Simmler’s (Oxford, MA) two free throws, and then again with a jumper, but each time RIC made its free throws to counter the comeback attempt.


Riley and Coro each hit critical free throws to secure the victory over the final minute.


Burns finished with 13 points and five rebounds. Simmler was one rebound shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Sapp contributed 12 points.


The Anchorwomen held the advantage in rebounding, 42-30.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play when the Anchorwomen host Western Connecticut on Tuesday, Feb. 9.