December 5, 2015



Plymouth, N.H.-Rhode Island College senior forward Devin Hill (Danielson, CT) scored a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds as the womenís basketball team opened Little East Conference play with a 52-47 victory over Plymouth State on Saturday afternoon.


The Anchorwomen (3-4, 1-0 LEC) started the game on a 7-2 run, capped by a layup by sophomore forward Rybecca Gonzalez (Pawtucket, RI) with 5:33 left in the first quarter. The Panthers (2-5, 0-2 LEC) responded with a 7-2 run of their own to knot the game at 9-9 with 2:39 left in the quarter.


An old-fashion three-point play by RIC junior guard Alex Moore (West Newbury, MA) put the Anchorwomen up one, 12-11, but a late Plymouth three ball by senior guard Taylor Perry (Simsbury, CT) put the Panthers up by two, 14-12, entering the second quarter. The Panthers used a 12-2 run in the first 6:51 of the second quarter to take a commanding, 26-14, lead. RIC responded, scoring the last four points in the quarter to cut the deficit back down to single digits, 26-18, entering the half.


The Anchorwomen looked reenergized following the halftime break, cutting the PSU lead down to two, 30-28, following a Gonzalez layup with 4:57 left in the third quarter. A trey by Perry put the Panthers up eight, but Gonzalez answered with a layup to send the game into the final 10 minutes with Plymouth clinging to a 36-30 lead. The Panthers upped their lead to 10 points, 42-32, after a made bucket by junior forward Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, NH) with 7:53 left in the contest.  RIC went on a 15-0 run over the next 5:46, capped by a three-pointer by Gonzalez, to take a 47-42 lead with 2:07 left.



 Sophomore forward Rybecca Gonzalez


A three-pointer by PSU junior guard Ace Lawrence (Middletown, CT) with 28 seconds left in the game cut the RIC advantage to three, 49-46, but the Anchorwomen hit three clutch free throws down the stretch to clinch the win and snap their four-game losing streak.


RIC was led by Hillís game-high 21 points with Gonzalez notching a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 boards. Moore scored 18 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists in the victory.


Lawrence led the Panthers with 17 points, while Perry chipped in 15 points, grabbed four rebounds and swiped two steals in the losing effort.


RIC shot 32.7 percent (17-for-52) from the field and 62.5 percent (15-for-24) from the charity stripe in the victory. The Panthers shot just 28.8 percent (15-for-52) from the field and 52.9 percent (9-for-17) from the free throw line in the loss. The Panthers held a slim, 42-38, edge in rebounds for the game.


In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will host Amherst on Wednesday, Dec. 9 (7 p.m.).