February 9, 2010






Providence, RI—Rhode Island College improved to 15-7 overall and got over the .500 mark (6-5) in the Little East Conference for the first time this winter with a 72-65 win over first place Western Connecticut in collegiate women’s basketball action at The Murray Center on Tuesday night.




The Anchorwomen have won their past six games, five of which were league contests. The Colonials, who had won 15 of their last 16 games coming into tonight’s action, drop to 18-4 overall and 9-2 in conference action. RIC snapped a five-game losing streak to the Colonials in the win.






 Junior guard Lauren Harrington (Exeter, RI)




Sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) posted her ninth double-double season with a 16-point, 12-rebound effort. Junior guard Lauren Harrington (Exeter, RI) had 14 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists. Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) posted a team-high 17 points and was second on the club with seven rebounds. Harrington and Coro combined to shoot 16-for-18 from the free throw line.




RIC forced the Colonials into 29 turnovers, held a 17-6 advantage in steals and took 11 more shots on the night. WestConn junior guard Heather Lee (Seymour, CT) led all scorers with 20 points, while junior center Melissa Teel (Hamden, CT) contributed 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.




 "We knew it would take a complete team effort to get this win and that is exactly what we received tonight," RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said afterwards. "We are developing into a unit that believes in itself and each other and that makes us very dangerous on any given day.  Western Connecticut made a big run to get back in the game late and while we need to continue to improve to handle those big game situations, I was proud of our poise over the last few minutes in executing out of timeouts and making big free throws to seal the win."




Coro snapped a 2-2 tie with a layup at 17:17 of the first half and RIC never looked back. The Anchorwomen kept WestConn at bay as the visitors would not get closer than one point during rest of the first stanza. Sophomore guard Brittany Saccoccio (Glocester, RI) sank a jump shot from the free throw line to send the hosts into halftime up by nine, 31-22.




WestConn turned the ball over 17 times in the first half and RIC capitalized by taking 15 more shots.




RIC increased its lead in the second half, leading by as many as 15 points, 54-39, at 9:24 and again, 60-45, with 5:11 left. Lee did her best to bring WestConn back, scoring 17 of her 20 points in the second half. She cashed in three three-pointers and the Colonials came within three points, 66-63, on a junior guard Karli Spera (Waterford, CT) free throw with 20 second left in the game.




Harrington and Coro were unfazed as Western Connecticut sent the pair to the line a combined eight times over the final second and they only missed one attempt to hold on for the win.



In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play when the Anchorwomen travel to Southern Maine on Saturday, Feb. 13.