Providence, RI --- Senior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) recorded her 33rd career double-double, as she tallied 15 points, 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks, while junior guard Ashley O'Dell (Lincoln, RI) finished with 10 points, four assists and three steals, as the Rhode Island College women's basketball team powered past WPI, 67-49, at The Murray Center on Sunday afternoon.
RIC (2-1) used an intense defensive effort and balanced scoring attack to push past the Engineers (2-3) in its 2011-2012 home opener. Eleven different Anchorwomen got on the scoreboard in the win, while the hosts finished with 13 steals as a team and forced 23 WPI turnovers. RIC held the Engineers to just 34 percent shooting from the field, while outrebounding the visitors, 41-31.
After the two squads went back and forth to open the ballgame, the Engineers took a 15-13 lead on a three-pointer from senior guard Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY) with 10:46 remaining in the first half. However, the Anchorwomen, led by eight points from O'Dell, responded with 17 unanswered points over the next five minutes to take a 30-15 lead and never looked back from there.
RIC went into the intermission with a 37-26 edge over WPI, but saw its lead shrink to just nine when a bucket from Hannmann made it, 39-30, with 17:28 left to play. From that point on, the Anchorwomen led by double-digits and twice extended their second half lead to 21.
It was a memorable afternoon for senior guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI), who finished with eight points on the day and moved past Kari Geisler '07 into seventh place on RIC's all-time scoring list with 1,222 career points. Senior guard Cynthia Gaudet (Coventry, RI) also totaled eight points to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Sophomore guard Stephanie Prusko (Lincoln, RI) added seven points and three assists.
The Engineers were led by freshman guard Dani Davis (East Granby, CT), as she finished with a game-high 16 points to go along with three blocks and three rebounds. Hannmann chipped in with nine points and six rebounds, while junior forward Cindy Chelius (Northfield, NJ) posted nine points, four boards and three assists. Sophomore guard Kelly Morgan (Brookline, NH) notched eight first-half points for WPI.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Johnson & Wales on Tuesday, November 29 at 5:30 p.m. WPI opens up NEWMAC play Wednesday, hosting nationally ranked and defending champion Babson at 7pm.
Release Courtesy Rhode Island College Sports Information