January 28, 2012


RIC Raises Win Streak to 14 Games and Remains In First Place

Providence, R.I.-Senior guard Cynthia Gaudet (Coventry, RI) notched a game-high 19 points as the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team knocked off Eastern Connecticut State, 83-52, in Little East Conference action on Saturday at The Murray Center.


With the win, the Anchorwomen extend their winning streak to 14 games and continue to hold sole possession of first place in the Little East.


 "We came out of halftime defending at the level we are capable of and that lead to some great scoring opportunities in transition," RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. "Offensively, we shared the ball at a high level, Rachel and Courtney gave us a constant post presence, and sixth man Ashley O'Dell, along with our deep bench, made an instant impact."



 Senior guard Cynthia Gaudet


The visiting Warriors (6-13, 2-7 LEC) opened the game by connecting on their first seven shots and held the lead over RIC (17-2, 9-0 LEC) throughout a solid portion of the first half. After a jumper from freshman guard Kristina Forsman (Newington, CT) with 5:56 remaining in the frame gave ECSU a six-point lead, the Anchorwomen responded with a 13-3 run to close out the first 20 minutes and took a 33-29 lead into the intermission.


Rhode Island College came out of the break on fire, as the club went on a 12-3 run to open the second half and soon took a double-digit lead over Eastern. The Anchorwomen continued to roll through the second stanza, outscoring the visitors, 50-23, through the final 20 minutes, en route to the 31-point victory.



 Senior forward Rachel Riley


Rhode Island College shot 47 percent (33-for-71) from the field in the win, including 60 percent (31-for-35) shooting in the second half. The Anchorwomen held the Warriors to just 39 percent (22-for-57) shooting on the day, while also forcing 23 turnovers on the defensive end.


Senior center Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks for RIC, while junior guard Ashley O’Dell (Lincoln, RI) added 12 points off the bench. Senior guard Nicole Girard (Foster, RI) posted a fantastic all-around effort as she totaled 10 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals for the Anchorwomen. Junior forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) contributed with nine points and four boards, while senior guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) chipped in with four points and eight rebounds.



 Senior guard Nicole Girard


The shorthanded Warriors, who only had eight players available for Saturday’s game, were led by freshman guard Danyelle Rodriguez (Willimantic, CT) who finished with 17 points. Forsman added 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals for Eastern, while freshman Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield, CT) registered nine points and six boards.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Tufts on Tuesday, Jan. 31 (6 p.m.).