Jake Elmslie -Sports Editor
The Rhode Island College women’s basketball team was unable to pull of their second consecutive road playoff upset Friday evening in a 71-65 semi-final loss against the number one seed University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs.
The Anchorwomen, playing out of the fifth seed in the Little East conference tournament came into Friday’s contest fresh off of their Tuesday evening 66-44 blowout victory over the fourth seed University of Massachusetts Boston team.
From the beginning, the Anchorwomen were facing a hostile road environment. The raucous Umass crowd seemed to have RIC off balance early in the contest and the Anchorwomen found themselves down 19-9 late in the first quarter. However, from here the team seemed to gain their footing and primarily due to a sterling second quarter by Sophia Guerrier were able to tie the game midway through the second quarter. For the rest of the first half, the two teams continued to exchange leads and UMD lead 33-31 come halftime.
The second half is when things began to unravel for the Anchorwomen, while they attempted to hang tough they began to show cracks in the third quarter and entered the final frame facing a seven point 48-41 deficit. Part of their issues offensively stemmed from a lack of production from their starting guard tandem of Jordyn Gauvin and team leading scorer Brooke Young who entered the final quarter of play having scored only two and four points respectively.
All hope for a RIC comeback seemed lost when the Corsairs opened the fourth quarter on a 10-0 scoring run to put the Anchorwomen down 58-41. The Anchorwomen were able to surge back off of six made three point shots, three coming from Young, and were able to bring the game to within four points within the final minute. It was too little too late however, and the game as well as RIC’s season came to an end a few moments later.
With the loss, the Anchorwomen will conclude their second season under head coach Jenna Cosgrove with s 19-8 record. The Anchorwomen lack any graduating seniors, so they will look to return their entire roster for the 2019-2020 season.