Providence, R.I.—Freshman guard Maire Gallagher (Worcester, MA) scored 10 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists as the Rhode Island College women's basketball team dropped a 60-52 decision against Eastern Connecticut in a Little East Conference contest played at the Murray Center on Wednesday evening.
Eastern Connecticut 60, Rhode Island College 52
Rhode Island College (6-1, 0-1 LEC)
Eastern Connecticut (3-2, 1-0 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC freshman forward Willcia McBorrough (Providence, RI) scored 10 points and added four rebounds.
• Sophomore guard Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, MA) was also in double figures with 10 points, two rebounds and two steals in the setback for the Anchorwomen
• Junior guard Sabrina LeMere (North Branford, CT) led the way for Eastern Connecticut with a game-high 14 points, three rebounds and two assists.
• Junior forward Mya Villard (Cromwell, CT) narrowly missed a double-double with 12 points, nine boards and two assists in the win for the Warriors.
• RIC raced out to the early advantage and held a 14-4 lead after a layup from Gallagher with 2:18 left in the first quarter. Eastern Connecticut closed out the quarter on a 6-0 run and cut the RIC advantage to, 14-10, after the first stanza.
• RIC regained the double-digit lead, 22-12, on a layup from Guerrier with 3:56 left in the first half. The visiting Warriors then used a 12-1 run, capped by a three-pointer from freshman guard Julie Keckler (Trumbull, CT), to take a 24-23 lead at halftime.
• Eastern Connecticut controlled the action throughout the third quarter and took its first double-digit advantage, 45-35, on a pair of free throws from Keckler with :33 left in the third quarter. The visiting Warriors led, 45-37, after three quarters of play.
• RIC chipped away at the lead in the fourth quarter and closed the gap to just four points, 55-51, on a layup from junior forward Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, RI) with :54 left on the clock. That would be as close as the Anchorwomen would get, as the visitors took the conference opener.
BY THE NUMBERS
• The Anchorwomen shot 31.8 percent (21-for-66) from the field, 13.6 percent (3-for-22) from three-point range and 58.3 percent (7-for-12) from the free throw line.
• Eastern Connecticut shot 40.7 percent (22-for-54) from the field, 37.5 percent (3-for-8) from the three-point line and 65.0 percent (13-for-20) from the free throw line.
• Each team had 42 rebounds in the game with RIC forcing Eastern Connecticut into 15 turnovers.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East play at home vs. Western Connecticut on Saturday, Dec. 1 (1 p.m.).