February 20, 2010






Providence, RIóRhode Island College secured a berth in the 2010 Little East Conference Womenís Basketball Tournament with a 67-55 win over Plymouth State in the regular season finale for both clubs on Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center.






 Anchorwomen seniors (left to right): Denise Scott, Allice Mullen, Jenn Knott, Christina Coro and LaSheena Boyd with their families and President Nancy Carriuolo on Senior Day




The Anchorwomen (16-9, 7-7) will be the fifth seed in the upcoming tourney and travel to fourth-seeded Keene State on Tuesday, Feb. 23 for a 7 p.m. first round matchup. The loss eliminates the Panthers (15-10, 5-9), who finished seventh in the league, from the postseason tournament.




Senior guard Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) had 17 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and two assists to pace RIC. Senior guard Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, RI) led the team with 19 points and shot 5-for-9 from three-point range. Junior guard Lauren Harrington (Exeter, RI) contributed 10 points and five steals, while sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.




"We defended at a high level for 40 minutes and executed when we had to in order to secure this win," Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. "We will have to execute at a higher level and take better care of the ball as we head into the conference tournament this week. It was a credit to our seniors that we had the poise and confidence to withstand a PSU run and get the victory on senior day."




PSU sophomore forward Alicia Doucet (Manchester, NH) led all scorers with 21 points, while senior forward Laura Kent (Bellingham, MA) was one rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine boards.




RICís defense was the story in the first half, forcing 15 Panther turnovers and holding the visitors to 38 percent (9-for-24) shooting. Scott snatched five steals over first 20 minutes.




The lead went back and forth over the first 8:53 of the game. Two Kent free throws with 11:07 left gave Plymouth State what proved to be its last lead of the contest, 14-13. RIC erupted for a 20-2 run to build a 17-point, 33-16, lead over the next 5:49 and cruised to a 14-point, 40-26, lead at the break.




The Anchorwomen maintained a double-digit advantage until the 14:33 mark of the second half as junior forward Amanda Kania (Manchester, NH) sparked the visitors with a three-pointer to pull within nine points, 47-38. Three Kent free throws made it a two-possession game, 47-41, seconds later.








RIC went up by eight points, 49-41, on a Riley layup, but the visitors kept coming. Layups by Kent and junior guard Kalie Judd (Peabody, MA) trimmed the Panther deficit to four points, 49-45, with 10:33 left to play.



The Panthers got within three-points, 51-48, on a Judd layup with 5:39 left, but RIC went on a 16-7 run to close out the game.


The Anchorwomen shot 36 percent (21-for-58) from the field in the game and dominated the glass, 45-35. The Panthers shot 33 percent (17-for-51) and struggled from downtown (3-for-13), shooting a 23 percent clip.