January 11, 2014



Keene, N.H.-Sophomore forward Vandell Andrade (Providence, RI) hauled in a career-high 22 rebounds to go along with 16 points as the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team knocked off Keene State, 61-50, in Little East Conference action played at Spaulding Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.


Freshman guard Alex Moore (West Newbury, MA) added 13 points for Rhode Island College (8-5, 2-1 LEC), which picked up its fourth win in the last five games and snapped Keene State’s four-game winning streak. Senior guard Stephanie Prusko (Lincoln, RI) finished with 10 points, four rebounds and three steals for the Anchorwomen, while senior forward Cara Paladino (Arlington, MA) chipped in with eight points and six rebounds.


Keene State (8-4, 1-2 LEC) was paced by junior forward Courtney Roberts (Sutton, MA), who finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Senior guard Carly Kiernan (Topsfield, MA) also finished with 13 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and two steals.



Sophomore forward Vandell Andrade 


After the Owls jumped out to an early lead, RIC gained momentum thanks to a 12-0 run midway through the first half and took a 19-17 lead, capped by a basket from Andrade, at the 7:19 mark. The Anchorwomen parlayed that scoring surge into a 29-27 halftime lead, spearheaded by seven first-half points from Moore and six from both Prusko and sophomore guard Danielle LeBlanc (Warwick, RI).


RIC scored the first 10 points of the second half to go up, 39-27, on a layup from Paladino, but watched as the Owls gradually whittled down the Anchorwomen lead. Kiernan scored six straight points to make it, 47-42, midway in the second half, but the visitors eventually took a 52-43 lead on a shot clock-beating layup from freshman forward Christian McDuffy (Brockton, MA) with 6:33 to play.


Although the Owls would go on to cut the deficit down to just six, 56-50, with 1:10 to go on a bucket from Roberts, Moore and sophomore guard Michelle Lagrotteria (Niantic, CT) sank free throws to put the game out of reach.


Lagrotteria chipped in with six points, a team-high five assists and four rebounds, while LeBlanc also contributed six points off the bench.


RIC shot just 28 percent (18-for-65) from the field and 11 percent (2-for-18) from beyond the three-point arc, but sank 77 percent (23-for-30) of its free throws and outrebounded the Owls, 53-36.


Keene State hit 84 percent (16-for-19) of its free throws, but shot just 32 percent (17-for-53) from the floor and went 0-for-11 from downtown. 


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College hosts Little East Conference rival Southern Maine on Tuesday, Jan. 14 (5:30 p.m.).