January 10, 2012



Stifling Defense Proves Too Much for Visiting Huskies

Providence, R.I.-Senior guard Cynthia Gaudet (Coventry, RI) notched a game-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists as the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team used an outstanding defensive effort to defeat Southern Maine, 74-50, at The Murray Center on Tuesday in Little East Conference women’s basketball action.


In a battle of two of the league’s premier post players, senior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) had a standout game for RIC (10-2, 4-0 LEC) as she finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, while holding USM (10-4, 2-2 LEC) senior forward Courtney Cochran (Waite, ME) to just nine points and six rebounds on 3-of-10 shooting. Senior guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) also had a stellar day for RIC, as she recorded 11 points and four rebounds in the win.


Overall, the Anchorwomen held the Huskies to just 31 percent shooting from the floor, while forcing 23 turnovers. RIC racked up 13 steals on the day, as both Gaudet and Coro tallied four steals apiece. It was the seventh consecutive victory for RIC, which remains the only team in the LEC without a blemish on their conference record.



 Junior forward Courtney Burns


"Team defense led us again and it was as good as it has been at any point this season,” Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. “Everything from individual assignments to team rotations was executed at a very high level. On offense, we shared the ball and created great shots with 18 assists on 25 scores. This is a great team win to build off."


Rhode Island College jumped out to a hot start in the opening minutes of the first half thanks to great outside shooting, as back-to-back three pointers from senior guard Nicole Girard (Foster, RI) and Coro gave RIC an 11-5 lead with 15:48 left to play. RIC led by as many as eight over the next few minutes, but Southern Maine bounced back to pull within three on a layup from freshman guard Stephanie Gallagher (York, ME), making it, 17-14, with 9:36 on the clock.


Both teams traded buckets for the next few minutes, until another trey from Coro gave the Anchorwomen a 28-19 lead with 6:20 left to play in the frame. The Huskies responded by cutting the deficit to four with 4:30 on the clock as senior guard Nicole Garland (Portland, ME) drained her second three of the first half. However, RIC closed out the first half on an 11-0 run, capped off by a three-pointer from Gaudet, and took a 41-26 lead over the Huskies into the break.


The Anchorwomen never looked back from there, as they pulled away from the Huskies and outscored them in the second half, 33-24. In total, RIC shot 46 percent from the floor and 44 percent from beyond the three-point arc. The hosts received a huge first half boost courtesy of their outside shooting, as the Anchorwomen went 8-for-12 (67 percent) from downtown through the first 20 minutes. Both teams took advantage of their opportunities at the free throw line, as the Anchorwomen went 16-for-18 (89 percent) from the line, while the Huskies finished 14-for-17 (82 percent) from the charity stripe.


Girard registered nine points and six assists for RIC, while junior forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) tallied eight points, four rebounds and three steals. For Southern Maine, junior guard Haley Jordan (Falmouth, ME) led all scorers with 14 points, while Garland chipped in with nine points and four boards. Junior forward Jordan Grant (Concord, NH) added eight points in the loss for USM.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Trinity on Thursday, Jan. 12 (7 p.m.).