January 25, 2017



Providence, R.I.--The Rhode Island College women’s basketball team fell to Western Connecticut, 58-28 in a Little East Conference contest played at The Murray Center on Wednesday night.


Junior guard Jessa Rubera (Newton, MA) led RIC (5-13, 2-6 LEC) with eight points, two assists and two assists for the Anchorwomen. Freshman center Jessica Brielmaier (West Greenwich, RI) had seven points and four boards in the setback.


Sophomore guard Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) paced Western Connecticut (11-7, 4-4 LEC) with 15 points, while junior guard Kaitlyn LaBonte (South Windsor, CT) added 14 points, two rebounds and three assists in the win for the Colonials.



 Junior guard Jessa Rubera


Western Connecticut dominated the play early and took a 16-1 lead heading into the first intermission. The visiting Colonials pushed their lead to 28 points on several occasions in the second quarter before taking the 34-9 lead heading into the locker room at halftime. Sherwood had 15 first half points for WCSU. The Colonials held RIC to just 11.1 percent shooting (3-for-27) from the field in the stanza.


The Colonials built on their advantage throughout the second half and cruised to the 58-28 victory.


RIC shot 15.8 percent (9-of-57) from the field, 6.7 percent (1-of-15) from behind the three-point stripe and 60.0 percent (9-of-15) from the free throw line. Western Connecticut shot 34.4 percent (22-of-64) from the field, 31.3 percent (10-of-32) from the three-point line and 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from the free throw line. Western Connecticut had a commanding, 56-40, advantage in rebounds for the contest


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Jan. 28 (1 p.m.).