November 20, 2015



Worcester, Mass.-Rhode Island College senior forward Devin Hill (Danielson, CT) and freshman forward Amy Assad (Millis, MA) combined for 28 points and 18 rebounds as the women’s basketball team fell, 57-43, to WPI on Saturday evening.


The Engineers (3-1) jumped out to a quick, 6-0, lead following a layup by senior guard Yasmeen Luna (North Providence, RI). WPI opened its first quarter lead to as large as 10, 17-7, but the Anchorwomen (2-2) used a 9-0 run, capped by a Hill layup with 27 seconds left, cut the deficit to one, 17-16, entering the second quarter.


RIC took the lead in the second quarter, extending their advantage to seven points following a three-pointer by freshman guard Abbey Burke (East Greenwich, RI) with 7:01 left. WPI slowly chipped away at the deficit, retaking the lead following a pair of made free throws by sophomore guard Stasha Greenalch (Newington, CT). The game remained close however, with the Anchorwomen entering the half down by three, 34-31.



 Freshman forward Amy Assad


The third quarter saw a see-saw battle between the two teams, with WPI opening a five-point advantage following a trey by Greenalch with 2:33 left in the quarter. RIC junior guard Alex Moore (West Newbury, MA) responded immediately, scoring a layup following a block by Hill. The game looked to be a three-point contest heading into the fourth, but a pair of trifectas, including one as the clock expired, gave the Engineers a nine point lead heading into the final 10 minutes.


The Anchorwomen cut the host's lead down to six with Assad scoring an old fashioned three-point play with 7:29 left in the game. The Anchorwomen would be outscored, 8-0, over the next two plus minutes to take a commanding 14 point advantage with just 2:09 left in the game. The teams would each score a pair of points in the last 2:09 with the Engineers securing the win.


Hill netted a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards with Assad scoring 12 and contributing eight boards. RIC shot 29.1 percent (16-for-55) from the floor, 20.0 percent (4-for-20) from downtown and just 50.0 percent (7-for-14) from the free throw line.


Sophomore guard Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) scored 11 points off the bench with Greenalch adding 10 more. WPI shot 32.8 percent (21-for-64) from the floor and 35.7 percent (5-for-17) from three-point range, while shooting a blistering 90.9 percent (10-for-11) from the free throw line.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Bridgewater State on Tuesday, Nov. 24 (5:30 p.m.).