02.04.13: The No. 8 ranked CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to New Rochelle, NY to play defending the national champion Mustangs of Monroe College. The Lady Knights lost to the Mustangs 94-75. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 19-3 on the season.
Saturday was just not the Lady Knights’ day as Monroe started hot and the Lady Knights came out a bit flat. That is all the high-powered Mustangs needed as they jumped out to a quick lead which they extended to 19 points by halftime with the score 52-33. The Lady Knights played the Mustangs even in the second half but could not cut into the Monroe lead as the Mustangs cruised to the 94-75 victory to snap the Lady Knights’ five-game winning streak.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY) with a game-high 25 points, including two 3-pointers with seven steals, six rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. Smith’s 25 points gives her 897 for her career and moves her to No. 4 on the CCRI all-time scoring list passing Jeanell Hughes 882 and Taylor Simmons 894. She needs just 16 points to pass Denise Scott in third and 20 to pass Claudia DeFaria in second place. With five regular season games left and the post season she has a very good chance to be the first Lady Knight to eclipse the 1,000 point mark. Also playing well for then Lady Knights was Moe Plummer (Fairfield, CT) with a19 points on an impressive 8-11 shooting from the floor and Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) added 11 points, three steals and four rebounds. Rounding out the Lady Knights top performers was Lexi Barros (New Bedford, MA) with nine points, five assist and five rebounds and Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) added eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the loss: "We did a lot of uncharacteristic things today, including missing 17 free throws. We missed crucial box outs, we made mental errors on the defensive end, our execution was poor. When you play a team like Monroe, you can't do those things and expect to win. Hopefully we bounce back and learn from this. It is better to learn now than in a month."
The Lady Knights’ next game will be Wednesday February the 7th when they will host the Warriors of Massasoit Community College for a Region XXI non-league game at 7:00pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.
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.