Providence, R.I.-Sophomore forward Jessica Brielmaier (West Greenwich, RI) narrowly missed a double-double with a career-high 22 points and nine rebounds as the Rhode Island College women's basketball team dropped an 89-84 decision against Western Connecticut in a Little East Conference contest played at The Murray Center on Thursday.
Western Connecticut State University 89, Rhode Island College 84
(Rhode Island College 7-8, 1-5 LEC)
(Western Connecticut State University 10-7, 3-3 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC sophomore forward Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, RI) tallied 22 points with eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.
• Sophomore guard Jordyn Gauvin (Fall River, MA) added 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Anchorwomen.
• Senior guard Amber DeCristofaro (Smithfield, RI) was also in double figures with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists in the setback for RIC.
• Junior guard Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, NY) led the way for Western Connecticut with a game-high 30 points, two rebounds and two assists.
• Freshman guard Frances Snyder (Pine Plains, NY) added 16 points and three assists, while freshman center Faith Thurmond (Seymour, CT) was also in double figures with 12 points, five rebounds and four steals in the win for the Colonials.
• The two squads traded leads throughout the first quarter with RIC holding a 24-20 advantage heading into the first intermission.
• RIC pushed its lead to double-digits early in the second quarter when a jumper from sophomore guard Margaret McCaffrey (East Greenwich, RI) put the Anchorwomen up, 30-20, with 8:12 left in the first half.
• RIC took a 48-40 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
• The Anchorwomen increased their lead to as many as 16 points several times in the third quarter, which included a 64-48 lead after a layup from Brielmaier with 4:22 left in the quarter. RIC had the 72-61 lead after three quarters of action.
• The visiting Colonials chipped away at the lead and took their first advantage of the second half when a three-pointer by Sherwood put the team up by one, 82-81, with just under a minute left on the clock.
• Western Connecticut then hit six of eight free throws in the final minute of action to secure the 89-84 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 63.9 percent (39-of-61) from the field, 33.3 percent (3-of-9) from the three-point line and 30.0 percent (3-of-10) from the free throw line.
• Western Connecticut shot 33.0 percent (29-of-88) from the field, 22.6 percent (12-of-53) from the three-point line and 79.2 percent (19-of-24) from the free throw line.
• RIC outrebounded Western Connecticut by a commanding, 51-36, margin.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference action at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Jan. 20 (1 p.m.).