January 22, 2014



Danbury, Conn.-Senior guard Stephanie Prusko (Lincoln, RI) rattled off 18 points to lead the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team to a 53-44 victory over Western Connecticut at Feldman Area on Wednesday night in Little East Conference action.


Prusko also added three rebounds, three assists and two steals to help lead Rhode Island College (11-5, 5-1 LEC) to its fifth straight victory and its eighth win in nine games.


Senior forward Cara Paladino (Arlington, MA) posted 12 points and five rebounds for the Anchorwomen, while sophomore forward Vandell Andrade (Providence, RI) filled the stat-sheet with nine points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Sophomore guard Danielle LeBlanc (Warwick, RI) finished with eight points, three assists and three steals, while sophomore guard Michelle Lagrotteria (Niantic, CT) dished out a team-high four assists to go along with two points, six rebounds and two steals. 



 Senior guard Stephanie Prusko


Sophomore guard Kerri Stolle (Warren, CT) paced Western Connecticut (9-7, 3-3 LEC) with a team-high 13 points, three rebounds and two assists, while freshman guard Colleen Cosker (East Hartford, CT) chipped in with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. Senior forward Sciarra Brandt (Thomaston, CT) hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with two points.


After the two teams exchanged leads throughout the opening stages of the first half, LeBlanc’s jumper with 5:22 on the clock broke a 17-17 tie and sparked a 15-6 run for the Anchorwomen that closed out the frame and sent the visitors into the break with a 32-23 lead.


Western Connecticut opened the second half with a 13-4 run of its own and bounced back to tie the game at 36 after senior guard Brittany Brandt (Thomaston, CT) sank a three-pointer with 12:32 left to play.


However, RIC used a stingy defensive effort to hold the Colonials scoreless over the next seven minutes of action and eventually took a 42-36 lead over the hosts with 6:35 on the clock after freshman guard Alex Moore’s (West Newbury, MA) layup capped off a 6-0 run for the Anchorwomen.


Although senior forward Chelsea Mone’s (Bristol, CT) layup with 5:29 left to play halted Western’s scoring drought, RIC outscored the Colonials, 11-6, over the final five minutes of the game to secure the nine-point victory.


The Anchorwomen shot 39 percent (21-for-54) from the floor for the game, which included an excellent 48 percent shooting mark in the first half, but shot just 17 percent (2-for-12) from beyond the three-point arc and 60 percent (9-for-15) from the free throw line.


Western Connecticut shot 38 percent (18-for-48) from the field, 50 percent (1-for-2) from downtown and 64 percent (7-for-11) from the charity stripe.


RIC outrebounded Western, 35-31, and forced the Colonials into 19 turnovers. The Anchorwomen committed 15 turnovers of their own, but dished out 13 assists as a team, compared to just 10 assists for Western.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College hosts Eastern Connecticut in Little East Conference action on Saturday, Jan. 25 (1 p.m.).