February 8, 2017



Providence, R.I.--The Rhode Island College women’s basketball fell to UMass Dartmouth, 69-47, in a Little East Conference contest played at The Murray Center on Wednesday evening.


Junior guard Jessa Rubera (Newton, MA) tallied 16 points and five assists RIC to lead the Anchorwomen (5-16, 2-9 LEC). Freshman Jordyn Gauvin (Fall River, MA) added 12 points, four boards and two assists in the setback.



 Junior guard Jessa Rubera


Sophomore forward Nakira Examond (New Bedford, MA) paced UMass Dartmouth (18-3, 8-2 LEC) with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to go along with six assists. Junior forward Alicia Kutil (Franklin, MA) notched a game-high 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists. Senior guard Rachel McCarron (Groton, MA) was also in double figures with 12 points.


UMass Dartmouth had control of the game early, holding a steady, 11-7, advantage on a jumper by junior guard Leah Douty (Framingham, MA) with 6:06 left in the first quarter. RIC responded with an 8-1 run, capped by a three-pointer from Rubera, for the 15-12 lead with 2:33 left on the clock. The Anchorwomen held a 15-14 advantage after the first quarter of play.


The visiting Corsairs opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run to take their largest lead of the first half, 20-5, after a jumper from McCarron with 7:53 on the clock. RIC trailed by just two points late in the second quarter as a layup by Rubera with 2:37 remaining made the score 28-26. That would be as close as the Anchorwomen would get as UMD closed out the half on a 5-0 run to take a 33-26 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.


UMass Dartmouth extended the lead early in the second half and soared ahead by 20 points, 51-31, on a layup by McCarron with 3:24 left in the third quarter. The Corsairs built a 54-35 lead after three quarters of play.


UMD led by as many as 25 down the stretch before cruising to the victory.


RIC shot 26.9 percent (14-of-52) from the field, 28.6 percent (6-of-21) from behind the three-point stripe and 65.0 percent (13-of-20) from the free throw line. UMass Dartmouth shot 46.6 percent (27-of-58) from the field, 37.5 percent (3-of-8) from the three-point line and 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from the free throw line.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at home against Southern Maine on Saturday, Feb. 11 (1 p.m.).