December 7, 2010



Newport, R.I.-Rhode Island College sophomore forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) finished with a double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds) as did junior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) (15 points, 15 rebounds) to lead the Anchorwomen past Salve Regina, 66-50, at the Rodgers Athletic Center on Tuesday evening.


RIC (7-2) wins for the fourth time in the club's last five games. Salve Regina (5-2)senior forward Erin Phillips (Morristown, NJ) and RIC junior guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) led all scorers with 19 points apiece.



 Sophomore forward Courtney Burns


 "We were able to string together a few tough defensive stops when we needed it most and push our lead back to double digits in crunch time," RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. "Courtney Burns led our team on both ends of the floor when we needed a boost.  We need to be more consistent for the entire 40 minutes going forward."


Salve Regina cut into a 19-point deficit with a 21-6 run over nearly 13 minutes of the second half to close within four points, 48-44, with 5:01 remaining. Sophomore point guard Kaitlyn Birrell (Hope, RI) scored six of her nine points during that stretch including a pair of free throws. The Seahawks went 6-for-6 from the line during the run.


Freshman forward Marissa Pendergast (Medfield, MA) scored six points during that stretch as well, before Burns ignited a 16-4 run for the visitors and another double-digit lead. Burns converted a three-point play when she was fouled making a layup at 4:40 in the second half, and then added a jumper and another layup at 1:17 for a 57-46 lead.


 Burns equaled her career-high in points and set a new personal mark for rebounds, while Riley posted her sixth double-double of the year.


 The Seahawks also had two players record a double-double: Phillips had 11 boards along with her 19 points and senior forward Victoria Audet (Broad Brook, Conn.), who posted her first career double-double last Saturday against MCLA, made it back-to-back with 12 points and 10 boards.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference play at UMass Boston on Saturday, Dec. 11.