Providence, R.I.-Junior guard Margaret McCaffrey (East Greenwich, RI) posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Rhode Island College women's basketball team fell to Plymouth State, 51-48, in a Little East Conference contest played at The Murray Center on Saturday afternoon.
Plymouth State College 51, Rhode Island College 48
(Rhode Island College 7-7, 1-4 LEC)
(Plymouth State College 5-9, 1-4 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC sophomore guard Jordyn Gauvin (Fall River, MA) notched 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
• Senior guard Jessa Rubera (Newton, MA) added seven points, five rebounds and two assists in the setback for the Anchorwomen.
• Junior guard Jess Conant (Canton, ME) led the way for Plymouth State, narrowly missing a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.
• Junior forward Cassidy Emerson (Concord, NH) also nearly recorded a double-double for the Panthers, posting eight points and nine boards.
• The two teams battled back and forth throughout the first quarter with Plymouth State taking an 18-13 advantage at the first intermission.
• The visiting Panthers led by as many as eight points in the second quarter when a layup from junior guard Debra Morrill (Concord, NH) made the score 28-20 with 2:02 left in the half. Plymouth State held a 28-25 lead at halftime.
• RIC chipped away at the lead in the third quarter and took a 33-31 advantage on a three-pointer from McCaffrey with 3:18 left in the stanza. The Anchorwomen led by three, 40-37, after three quarters of action.
• Plymouth State opened the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run and held a 47-40 lead after a layup from freshman forward Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, NH) with 5:31 remaining in the contest.
• RIC trimmed the lead to just three points when a pair of free throws from Rubera put the score at 51-48 with 1:41 left on the clock.
• The Anchorwomen had several chances down the stretch to tie the contest, which included a missed three-pointer at the buzzer, as Plymouth State held on for the league victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 25.4 percent (18-of-71) from the field, 24.3 percent (9-of-37) from the three-point line and 75.0 percent (3-of-4) from the free throw line.
• Plymouth State shot 37.5 percent (21-of-56) from the field, 18.2 percent (2-of-11) from the three-point line and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the free throw line.
• RIC outrebounded Plymouth State by a 48-44 margin and forced the Panthers into 15 turnovers in the contest.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference action at home vs. Western Connecticut on Wednesday, Jan. 17 (5:30 p.m.).