Women’s Basketball suffer Senior Night defeat
Things started out well for the Rhode Island College Women’s Basketball team last Saturday night. The game was held at home at the Murray Center and a ceremony for this year’s graduating senior, Alex Moore of West Newbury, Connecticut, commenced the contest.
The Anchorwomen brought a lot of energy to the opening minutes of the game that was present until the final seconds of the game. Their opponents, the University of Southern Maine, did as well. Both teams battled for the lead early on, and freshman guard Fatima McDonald for the Anchorwomen nailed a layup that gave RIC a one point advantage at 11-10.
With that being said, the first quarter was RIC’s to lose. The Huskies went 6-0 with five minutes remaining in the first. USM closed out their scoring for the quarter with a lead reading 16-11. The Anchorwomen regained composure and finished 16-13 with less than two minutes on the clock.
RIC immediately continued scoring early on in the second, by going on an 8-2 run. Junior guard Jessa Rubera’s three-pointer gave the Anchorwomen the biggest lead of the game thus far at 21-18. Southern Maine bounced back quickly and delivered an even bigger run of their own. USM sent the Anchorwomen off the court for halftime with RIC trailing 27-23.
The Huskies returned to action in the second half with even more vigor than they had in the first. USM freshman guard Jackie Luckhardt managed to put Southern Maine ahead with a free throw that extended the Huskies’s advantage to 10 points at 33-23. Following another basket from USM, the Anchorwomen continued to push forward, going on a 15-6 marathon run to make the score 41-38.
Freshman forward Ornela Livramento for the Anchorwomen cut Southern Maine’s lead to just two points following two baskets made at the charity stripe. Nevertheless, the Huskies persisted and did not allow RIC to have the lead any further. The last 60 seconds of the game were the most crucial. Fouls called against the Anchorwomen resulted in three free throws being made on Southern Maine’s side. The Huskies walked off the court victorious.
Final score: 57-50.
For Southern Maine, freshman forward Chantel Eels made 10 points for the Huskies. Sophomore guard Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec) managed four rebounds on top of 16 points made. Finally, junior forward Miranda Nicely wiped seven boards and shot for 11 points.
RIC’s Rubera contributed 14 points, four rebounds, and two steals. Livramento notched 11 points and cleared eight boards. Last and certainly not least, senior Alex Moore finished her final regular season game at RIC with 13 points, five boards, and two assists. Congratulations on a great career, Alex!
The Anchorwomen are scheduled to face Tufts University away this Monday at 7 p.m.