January 12, 2012



Hartford, Conn.-Senior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) had 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to lead the visiting Rhode Island College Anchorwomen to a 57-48 win over the Trinity College Bantams in women’s basketball action this evening on Ogrodnik Court at Oosting Gymnasium. 


 Trinity drops to 5-7 with its third straight setback, while Rhode Island College improves to 11-2 with its eighth victory in a row.


 "Our defense again was the key to securing a tough road win," Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. "We didn't execute, take care of, or move the ball at the level we are capable of, but holding Trinity to 29 percent shooting and under 50 points for the game made up for the offense tonight.  We look forward to re-establishing our offense to go along with our defense on Saturday at Keene"


Rhode Island College opened up a 20-13 lead over the first 10 minutes of the first half after back-to-back baskets by sophomore forward Alexia Vega (North Providence, RI), but Trinity scored the next six points and eventually took the lead, 23-21, on a drive by junior forward Heather Lyhne (Wethersfield, CT) with just under five minutes left before the break. 


The Anchorwomen answered with a 9-0 run, including five points by senior guard Cynthia Gaudet (Coventry, RI), and held a 34-26 lead at intermission. Trinity battled in the second half, pulling to within five points at 45-40, with 6:06 remaining on a free throw by senior guard Michelle Royals (Torrington, CT), but Gaudet responded two minutes later with a traditional three-point play. Rhode Island College made nine of 10 shots from the foul line down the stretch to preserve the win.


Trinity forced the Anchorwomen into 29 turnovers, including 18 in the second half, but could not offset a 29.9 field goal percentage and 20 turnovers of its own. The teams combined to make just five three-pointers in 34 attempts, but Rhode Island College was 21-for-29 from the foul line and the Bantams shot 5-for-10 from the charity stripe. 


Royals and fellow senior co-captain guard Kaitlin Ciarleglio (Waterbury, CT) paced the Bantams in scoring with 14 points apiece, while Ciarleglio also had a team-high nine rebounds, six assists and six steals, and Lyhne contributed seven points, four rebounds, four steals and a blocked shot off the Trinity bench. 


Gaudet led all scorers with 17 points and added five assists and five steals.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference play at Keene State on Saturday, Jan. 14 (1 p.m.).