January 20, 2016



Providence, R.I.-UMass Dartmouth junior forward Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, MA) registered a double-double with 37 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Corsairs past Rhode Island College, 80-51, in Little East Conference women’s basketball action played at The Murray Center on Wednesday night.


The Corsairs (11-5, 2-4 LEC) rolled to a 15-7 advantage late in the first quarter when Ronaghan buried a layup off a feed from junior guard Rachel McCarron (Groton, MA). The Anchorwomen responded with a 9-4 run, which was capped by a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Amber DeCristofaro (Smithfield, RI) with 22 seconds left, to cut the deficit to one, 19-18, heading into the second quarter.


The Corsairs dominated the rebounding margin and extended their lead to eight points following a layup by Ronaghan with 4:40 left in the quarter. RIC rallied late again, with a DeCristofaro layup putting RIC down five entering the half, 31-26.


RIC shot 26.5 percent (9-for-34) from the field, while the Corsairs shot 37.1 percent (13-for-35), over the first 20 minutes.



 Senior forward Devin Hill (photo by Jason Schneider)


The third quarter is where the dominance on the glass began to show, with UMD ballooning its lead to 15, 45-30, following an old-fashion three-point play by Ronaghan with 6:12 left in the third.


The Anchorwomen managed to cut the lead down to nine on four different occasions, but a late three-pointer by senior guard Beth Castantini (Newburyport, MA) put Dartmouth up by 14, 57-43, entering the final quarter. The Corsairs were relentless in the final stanza, extending their lead to 29 points twice, while outscoring the Anchorwomen 23-8 over the final 10 minutes to secure the 80-51 victory.


RIC shot 27.7 percent (18-for-65) from the field, 30.0 percent (6-for-20) from downtown and 64.3 percent (9-for-14) from the free throw line. Senior Devin Hill (Danielson, CT) led the way offensively with 14 points and four rebounds. Junior guard Alex Moore (West Newbury, MA) picked up 12 points to go along with five boards and five assists.


UMD shot 47.1 percent (32-for-68) from the field, 30.8 percent (4-for-13) from three-point land and 75.0 percent (12-for-16) from the charity stripe. Ronaghan had a dominant performance, scoring 37 points on 16-of-27 shooting, grabbing 20 rebounds, 11 of them offensive, and dishing out three assists. Castantini registered a double-double of her own with 12 points and 10 rebounds. 


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at home against Plymouth State on Saturday, Jan. 23 (1 p.m.).