November 14, 2015



West Hartford, Conn.--Rhode Island College senior center Devin Hill (Danielson, CT) poured in a career-high 33 points to go along with five rebounds to lead the womenís basketball team to a 71-45 victory over Western New England in the championship game of the USJ Tip-Off tournament on Saturday afternoon.


The Anchorwomen (2-0) jumped out to a quick, 10-4, lead in the first quarter following a made three-pointer by junior guard Alex Moore (West Newbury, MA) just over four minutes into the contest. The Anchorwomen extended their lead to 12, 21-9, following a layup by Hill with 1:53 remaining in the quarter. The Golden Bears (1-1) kept the deficit at 12 going into the second quarter with a layup by sophomore guard Dorothy OíNeill (Staten Island, NY) with three seconds remaining in the quarter.


RIC outpaced WNE in the second quarter, outscoring them, 17-8. The Anchorwomen increased the lead to as large as 23 points, 42-19, following a layup by freshman forward Morgan Burke (East Greenwich, RI), but the Golden Bears cut the deficit down to 21 entering the break after a jumper by senior guard Chelsea Vujs (Berlin, CT).



 Senior center Devin Hill


RIC shot 55.2 percent (16-for-29) from the floor in the half, while shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. WNE was held to 26.7 percent (8-for-30) shooting from the floor and just 18.2 percent (2-for-11) from downtown.


The third quarter was a tightly contested 10 minutes with RIC outscoring WNE by a slim, 14-13, margin. The Anchorwomen increased the lead to 25 points following a made free throw by sophomore forward Rybecca Gonzalez (Pawtucket, RI) with 5:35 remaining in the frame.


The fourth quarter saw the Golden Bears chip away at the lead, cutting it down to 18 with 5:29 left in the quarter, but the Anchorwomen held the Golden Bears to just five points down the stretch to take the 71-45 victory and claim the tournament title.


RIC was paced by Hillís 33 points and five boards, while Moore recorded a double-double, scoring 21 points and adding 10 boards, while also dishing out six assists. Gonzalez led the Anchorwomen with six rebounds.



 Sophomore forward Rybecca Gonzalez


OíNeill paced WNE with 18 points, three boards and two assists with Vujs chipping in 12 points and four rebounds in the losing effort.


RIC shot 45.3 percent (24-for-43) from the floor and 93.8 percent (15-for-16) from the charity stripe. The Golden Bears were held to 31.0 percent (18-for-58) shooting from the floor and struggled from the free throw line, shooting just 44.4 percent (4-for-9).


 Hill and Gonzalez were named to the All-Tournament Team. Hill averaged 27.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks in the club's two wins. She shot 63 percent (20-for-32) from the field. Gonzalez averaged 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists at the tourney.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Emmanuel on Thursday, Nov. 19 (7 p.m.).