February 20, 2016



Providence, R.I.--Senior forward Devin Hill (Danielson, CT) scored a game-high 17 points in her final game at The Murray Center as the women’s basketball team fell to Little East Conference rival Keene State, 54-40, in the regular season finale for both clubs on Saturday afternoon.


The Owls (21-4, 10-4 LEC) opened the game on an 8-0 run over the first 4:21, capped off by an old-fashion three-point play from junior guard Stephanie D’Annolfo (Tyngsborough, MA). The Owls upped their advantage to 10, 12-2, following a layup by sophomore guard Sandi Purcell (Hudson, NH) with 1:21 remaining in the quarter.  The Anchorwomen (7-16, 5-9 LEC) answered, with Hill scoring the final three points of the quarter to send the game into the second stanza with the Anchorwomen trailing, 12-5.



 Senior forward Devin Hill and her family were recognized
prior to the start of the game as part of Senior Day.


The second quarter started off with each team trading baskets, until a layup from RIC junior guard Meghan Reall (Smithfield, RI) cut the deficit to five, 14-9, with 5:56 left in the half. The Owls used a 10-0 run, capped by a trey from freshman guard Emily McPadden (Tyngsborough, MA), to up their advantage to 15 points with 3:01 remaining in the quarter. Another McPadden three with 47 seconds left in the stanza put KSC up by 17, 30-13, but a late three by Hill sent the game into the halftime break with RIC trailing by 14, 30-16.


RIC shot 26.1 percent (6-for-23) from the field in the half, while the Owls shot 35.7 percent (10-for-28).


The Owls blew open the game early in the third quarter, with a layup by junior forward Sarah Kober (Easthampton, MA) with 5:39 remaining in the third period upping the Owls’ advantage to 21, 42-21. Keene continued to increase the lead, using a 7-2 run over the remainder of the quarter to send the game into the final period with RIC trailing by 23, 49-23.



 The Anchorwomen wore blue t-shirts in warm-ups
as part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Day.


The Owls continued their momentum, building their lead as large as 29, 54-25, following a layup by Kober with 6:50 left in the contest. A Hill jumper trimmed the Keene lead down to 15, 54-39, with 1:23 remaining in the game, but the lead proved to be insurmountable.


RIC shot 29.4 percent (15-for-51) from the field, 13.6 percent (3-for-22) from three-point range and 63.6 percent (7-for-11) from the charity stripe. Hill led all scorers with 17 points, while junior guard Alex Moore (West Newbury, MA) narrowly missed a double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds.


KSC shot 31.1 percent (19-for-61) from the floor, 26.7 percent (8-for-30) from long range and 61.5 percent (8-for-13) from the free throw line. Purcell led all Owls with 14 points, with Kober posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds to go along with two steals.  


In upcoming action, seventh-seeded RIC will travel to second-seeded Keene State in opening round action of the 2016 Little East Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 23.