12.30.12: The No. 11 ranked CCRI Lady Knights basketball team concluded its Florida road trip at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, FL by defeating the Division I Bengals of Louisiana State University (LSU)-Eunice 83-68. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 14-1 on the season defeating the second DI opponent in as many days.
The Lady Bengals of LSU-Eunice came out of the gates with hot long-range shooting including five 3-pointers from Greek National Lida Politopoulou which helped give the Bengals a 20-point lead during the first half. Then, when things seemed at their worst for the Lady Knights, including an injury to a CCRI starter who would not return, they turned up the pressure and closed the gap to only six points 31-37 at the half. In the second half CCRI kept up the intensity and passionate play. The defensive intensity was set by sophomore guard Treedy Ward (Boynton, Beach, FL) who relished the task of stopping the hot-shooting Politopoulou. Ward held her to just three points in the second half. In addition to the fierce defense the Lady Knights got big offensive contributions from Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) with 18 second half points, including 4-5 from behind the 3-point arc, 14 points from Lexi Barros (New Bedford, MA) and 11 from Captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY). With LSU’s offense stifled the Lady Knights and turned the entire game around in the second half, winning the game by 15 points by the final score of 83-68.
CCRI was led by sophomore Nyjah Porcher charting her ninth double-double in 15 games with 24 points and 10 rebounds while adding three assists and two steals and Captain Jahira Smith also had a great all-around game contributing 18 points, nine rebounds, six assists and six steals. Also helping CCRI was freshman Lexi Barros with 17 points and Florida native Treedy Ward had eight points, three rebounds and three assists in her homecoming game just seven miles from her hometown of Boynton Beach, FL. Head Coach Kate Lynch commented “It was the lockdown defense of Ward that was the greatest factor in the game, holding LSU's leading scorer to only 3 points on one field goal in the second half.”
Coach Lynch added after the successful weekend: “I have never been so proud of a team. They showed so much heart in this game. They could have folded when we were down twenty, but they didn’t. They chipped away at the lead and focused defensively, got stops, and converted. Overall, I think it was a successful trip for us. We played some very good basketball teams. This tournament tested us physically and mentally. We did a lot of positive things and we just need to keep moving forward.”
The Lady Knights return to action on January 6th, 2013 when they travel to Brooklyn NY to face another very tough Division I opponent in the 10-3 Avengers of ASA College.
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.