February 5, 2011


Riley Helps Anchorwomen Sweep Season Series From Owls

Keene, N.H.—Junior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds, 18 of which came off the defensive glass, as the Rhode Island College women's basketball team swept the season series with Keene State in a 60-47 win in Little East Conference action played at Spaulding Gymnasium.


Riley added eight points, two assists, three blocks and a steal for the Anchorwomen (15-5, 6-4 LEC) who remain in sole possession of fourth place in league action. The Owls (10-11, 3-7 LEC) see their record dip below .500 as they occupy fifth place in the LEC standings.



 Junior forward Rachel Riley


 Junior guard Nicole Girard (Foster, RI) dished out a game-high seven assists and contributed 13 points, while cashing in three treys. Senior guard Lauren Harrington (Exeter, RI) and sophomore forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) each posted nine-point, five-rebound efforts.



 Junior guard Nicole Girard


 It was not a good shooting day for the visitors, who saw their top offensive players struggle from the field. RIC shot 40 percent (24-for-60) from the field, while logging a 30 percent-effort (6-for-20) from downtown. The numbers would have been worse from three-point land without Girard's three-for-four performance.


 Keene State was abysmal from the field, shooting 23 percent (15-for-64) and missing 49 shots. The Owls connected on five-of-19 (26 percent) from downtown and kept pace with a 12-for-16 effort from the free throw line.


 Keene State junior forward Courtney Cirillo (Windsor Locks, CT) posted a double-double with a game-high 23 points and 13 rebounds, while junior guard Meghan Farrell (Chester, VT) chipped in with 10 points.


 Five straight points by sophomore guard Ashley O’Dell (Lincoln, RI), on a jumper and three-pointer, gave RIC a 23-7 lead at the 8:40 mark. Later in the half, senior guard Lauren Harrington (Exeter, RI) made a couple of layups, the second coming on a nice feed by Girard to make it a 30-16 game with 4:20 remaining in the half. Girard had 11 points and Riley grabbed 14 rebounds leading the Anchorwomen to a 36-18 halftime lead. 


 Keene State made a mild run at the Anchorwomen in the second half.  Farrell hit a layup on and inbounds play to make it 44-32 at the 12:42 mark.


 RIC bounced right back. A transition layup by Riley pushed the Anchorwomen’s lead by up to 18 points, 56-38, with 6:12 to play.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at first place Western Connecticut on Tuesday, Feb. 8.