December 2, 2010


Girard's 11 Points Lead RIC to Win in Low-Scoring Affair at Conn. College

New London, Conn.Rhode Island College junior guard Nicole Girard (Foster, RI) led the Anchorwomen with 11 points, while junior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, in a 50-38 win at Connecticut College's Luce Field House.



 Junior guard Nicole Girard


 "We showed a lot of composure and toughness on the defensive end in the second half to pick up a big road win," RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. "We were able to play through a lot of mistakes and a lot of things that did not go our way.  We have to clean up those mistakes moving forward."


RIC (6-1) continued its impressive defensive prowess, forcing 30 Camel turnovers and swiping 12 steals en route to its third straight win. The Anchorwomen shot just 29 percent (17-for-58) and made only one three-pointer in 11 attempts.


Connecticut College (2-4) outrebounded their guests, 41-37, and shot a dismal 24 percent (10-for-42). The hosts were 0-12 from downtown and an amazing 18 (18-for-20) of their points came from the free throw line.


 Riley added eight points, three assists, two steals and a block. Sophomore guard Ashley O'Dell (Lincoln, RI) equaled Riley's offensive effort.


Connecticut College first year guard Aly Boyle (Westford, MA) provided a spark for the home team in her best game of the young season. Boyle finished with seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot in 24 minutes of action. Jenn Shinall (Redding, CT) tallied 11 points and five rebounds and was 9-for-10 from the foul line. Caitlin Cimino (Falmouth, ME) added eight points and six rebounds in the setback for the Camels.


 The Camels took a 23-22 lead when Shinall knocked down a pair of free throws with 1:23 remaining in the opening half. But Riley put back her own missed shot with 1:14 to go to put the visitors back on top 24-23 and Girard added a free throw with .5 seconds to go that enabled RIC to carry a 25-23 advantage into the intermission.


 In the second half, Girard converted a field goal with 14:16 remaining to vault the visitors out to a 31-25 advantage. But Boyle corralled an offensive rebound on the ensuing possession and trimmed the lead to 31-27 with a pair of free throws.


 The Anchorwomen responded though and used a 7-to-0 run mid-way through the half to pull away from the Camels. Riley assisted Girard for a triple from the top of the key with 12:34 remaining to make it a 34-27 game.  Moments later, freshman forward Katelyn Tarr (Putnam, CT) put in a runner from the right side of the lane that extended the lead to nine points for the visitors. O’Dell capped the rally with a pair of free throws to make it a 38-27 game with 10:07 remaining.


 The Camels trimmed the deficit to seven points on two occasions in the final 10 minutes of regulation but RIC was able to hold on for the 50-38 victory.


In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will  host Eastern Connecticut in the Little East Conference opener for both clubs on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m.