12.29.12: The No. 11 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Palm Beach state College in Lake Worth, FL over the weekend to play two road games versus Division I opponents. In their first game they faced the Trappers of northwest College of Powell, WY. The Lady Knights defeated the Trappers 73-66. With the victory the Lady Knights’ record improves to a program best 13-1 overall, their best-ever start in program history. Even the 2004-05 Lady Knights’ squad, who went 29-4, never had as good a record and was 12-2 at this point.
The Lady Knights played an excellent first half and led by12 points 41-29. However, the division I Trappers played very tough defense in the second half to bring the game close, with the Knights holding on to a two-point lead late in the game. The Lady Knights were able to stay poised, and got a key 3-pointer from Co-Captain Jess Randall (Warwick, RI) to make the score 68-66 with less than two minutes left to play CCRI scored three more points to pull out the seven point victory 73-66 over a tough division I opponent.
CCRI was led by Lexi Barros (New Bedford, MA) scoring a game-high 22 points with eight rebounds, and a game-high seven steals and Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, CT) contributed 18 points, four rebounds, and three steals. Also helping the Lady Knights was Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) who charted her eighth double-double in 14 games with 12 points and 16 rebounds, Co-Captain Jessica Randall added 12 points including a big 3-pointer late in the game with four rebounds and three steals, and Treedy Ward (Boynton Beach, FL) added seven points and three steals.
Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the big win: “We got off to a slow start in the beginning, but we rallied back. We were up most of the game. Northwest made a nice comeback at the end, but we stayed poised and made stops and shots when we needed it the most.”
The Lady Knights will face another tough Division I opponent Sunday when they play the Bengals of Louisiana State University-Eunice at 2pm at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, FL.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.