January 28, 2014

Anchorwomen Ride 2nd Half Surge Past Corsairs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island College women's basketball team opened the second half with a 14-2 run to break open a closely contest en route to a 72-43 victory over visiting Little East rival University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this evening at The Murray Center.

The Anchorwomen registered their seven straight win to improve to 13-5 on the season, including 7-1 in the conference circuit. The Corsairs saw their two-game winning streak snapped to slip to 11-7 and 4-4 in the league.

Sophomore Vandell Andrade (Providence, R.I.) posted a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead four Rhode Island College student-athletes in double figures in scoring. Freshman guard Alex Moore (West Newbury, Mass.) netted a game-high 15 points, while senior guard Cara Paladino (Arlington, Mass.) poured in 13. Sophomore guard Michelle Lagrotteria (Niantic, Conn.) completed the Anchorwomen contingent in double digits with 10.

Senior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) and freshman forward Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) each recorded 13 points to pace UMass Dartmouth. Bornemann pulled in six rebounds, while freshman guard Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) produced seven points and three assists for the visitors.

Leading 32-30, Rhode Island College took command of the contest with a decisive 14-2 run. Moore ignited the surge with a layup, while Lagrotteria followed with a 3-pointer. Freshman forward Christian McDuffy (Brockton, Mass.) made a field goal and Prusko netted four unanswered points. Moore capped the run from the charity stripe, making both of her attempts to give the hosts a 48-30 lead.

Bornemann tried to stem the tide with a triple, but the Anchorwomen rattled off 30 consecutive points to put the game out of reach. Moore had the hot hand during the run with seven points.

Facing an 11 point deficit with eight minutes, eight seconds remaining in the first half, Ronaghan began to assert herself on the offensive end of the court. She poured in eight consecutive points to trim RIC's lead to 25-22. The Anchorwomen answered with a bucket, but the Corsairs responded with field goals from junior Erin Fahey (Salem, Mass.) and classmate Meghan Keohane (Mansfield, Mass.) to put the visitors within a point, 27-26. The hosts responded with five quick points, but Brown connected on a pair of foul shots to RIC took a 32-28 lead into the locker room.

Rhode Island College shot 46.9 percent (30-for-64) from the field, while limiting UMass Dartmouth to 36.4 percent (16-for-44). The Anchorwomen held a 38-27 advantage on the glass, while forcing 29 Corsair turnovers.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, when the Corsairs host Western Connecticut State University ()10-8, 4-4 LEC) at the Tripp Athletic Center.