Providence, R.I.-Senior guards Amber DeCristofaro (Smithfield, RI) and Jessa Rubera (Newton, MA) were honored on Senior Day as the Rhode Island College women's basketball team cruised to a 58-51 win over Lasell at The Murray Center on Thursday evening.
Rhode Island College 58, Lasell 51
Rhode Island College (9-15)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Sophomore forward Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, RI) led the hosts with a career-high 26 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Freshman guard Brooke Young (West Warwick, RI) posted 11 points and eight boards.
• Lasell senior guard Morgan Church (New London, NY) led the visitors with 17 points. Freshman forward Meghan Carroll (Douglas, MA) pitched in with 13 points and nine boards.
• RIC jumped out to a 13-0 lead through the first 5:27 of the first quarter, paced by a pair of three-pointers by Young and a longball from Rubera. The Lasers scored their first points on a pair of free throws with 3:56 left. RIC junior guard Margaret McCaffrey (East Greenwich, RI) sank a three at the 2:05 mark as RIC went into the first intermission up by 10, 16-6.
• Lasell opened the second quarter on a 5-0 run, which was highlighted by a trey from junior guard Taylor Hughey (Redding, CA). RIC responded with a 5-0 run of its own to lead by 10, 21-11, with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. Six points in the final minute by Livramento staked RIC to a 29-17 advantage at halftime.
• RIC led by 16, 35-19, with 7:04 left in the third before the visitors embarked on an 11-3 run to close the deficit to eight, 38-30, at the 3:42 mark. Five points from Livramento and a Young trifecta built the host's lead back up to 16, 46-30, at the break.
• The Lasers got within five points, 52-47, with 4:42 left in the game on a steal and layup by Church, but two free throws by McCaffrey and a layup by Livramento put the Anchorwomen back up by nine and secure the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 39 percent (22-for-56) from the field, 33 percent (5-for-15) from beyond the three-point arc and 60 percent (9-for-15) from the free throw line.
• LC shot 33 percent (19-for-57) from the field, 22 percent (4-for-18) from downtown and 64 percent (9-for-14) from the charity stripe.
• RIC dominated the glass, 44-33.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action in the club's regular season finale at Plymouth State on Saturday, Feb. 17 (1 p.m.).