November 21, 2010


Riley Joins Classmate on All-Tournament Team

Waltham, MA-Junior guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) scored 24 points and was named tournament MVP as the Rhode Island College women's basketball team defeated the hosts, 66-49, in the championship game of the Brandeis University Judges Classic.


Rhode Island College (3-0) used a fine defensive effort along with their balanced scoring to earn the win today. The Anchorwomen forced 31 Brandeis turnovers and owned a 35-12 advantage in points off those mistakes to take the win. Seventeen of their turnovers were as a result of steals, with four different players making at least three swipes. Coro topped the team in that statistic as well with five. The Anchorwomen held Brandeis to 33.9 percent shooting from the floor (20-for-59) and 23.1 percent from 3-point range (6-for-26).



 Junior guard Stephanie Coro


Offensively, RIC was paced by Coro, who had 17 of her game-high 24 points in the first half. She shot 6-for-10, including all three 3-point attempts, in the first, finishing 8-for-18 overall, 4-for-9 from deep, and 4-for-4 from the line. Also scoring in double figures for the Anchorwomen was sophomore forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA), while senior guard Lauren Harrington (Exeter, RI) and junior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) each had 10 points and tied for team-high honors with five rebounds. Riley and junior guard Nicole Girard (Foster, RI) tied for game-high honors with four assists each.  


Riley joined Coro on the All-Tournament Team.


 "I was very proud of the way our kids remained focused and poised for an entire 40 minutes against one of the elite programs in New England," Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. "Our defensive intensity never wavered and our offense fed of our defense all afternoon."


Brandeis (2-2) got 16 points and a team-high four assists from junior guard Morgan Kendrew (Cotuit, MA). Kendrew, who has led the Judges in scoring in all four games this season, got her points on 6-of-14 overall, 2-of-9 from deep and 2-of-2 from the line. Junior Kelly Ethier (Springfield, MA) added 12 points, one shy of her career high, including 10 in the second half. Senior forward Amber Strodthoff (DePere, WI) led all players with nine rebounds, while junior forward Brighid Courtney (Southampton, MA) had eight boards. As a team, Brandeis outrebounded RIC, 46-28, including 19-8 on the offensive glass.



 Junior forward Rachel Riley


Brandeis jumped out to a 9-4 lead less than 4:30 into the contest when Strodthoff went coast-to-coast after grabbing a rebound. After RIC coach Marcus Reilly called timeout, the Anchorwomen responded, scoring 15 straight points 10 from Coro, who hit a pair of trifectas in the run - over the next seven minutes. They forced eight turnovers, while Brandeis missed seven shots, as RIC took their largest lead of the first half, 19-9, on a Brittany Saccoccio (Glocester, RI) free throw at the 8:49 mark.


Brandeis responded with a 13-2 run of its own, reclaiming 22-21 lead with 4:01 remaining on a put-back by sophomore Samantha Anderson (Johnsonville, NY). She and Kendrew each had four points in the run. RIC answered by scoring 14 of the last 18 points in the half, half coming from the free-throw line, to take a 35-26 lead into the locker room.


 The Judges climbed back within three points on a couple of occasions early in the second half, including a Courtney put-back just under four minutes in that got them within 37-34. RIC answered by holding Brandeis to just one field goal over the next six minutes, outscoring them 19-3. Eight points came from Harrington in the stretch, which put the visitors up by 17 midway through the half. The lead never got below double digits the rest of the way.


 In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Bridgewater State on Tuesday, Nov. 23.