03.27.13: The Lady Knights had a 25-7 record and won their 10th consecutive Region XXI title and also the District O Championship which earned them a berth to the NJCAA Division II women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL. At the Nationals the Lady Knights defeated Owens Community College 76-68 in a thrilling overtime victory to advance to the “Elite Eight.” That’s is as far as the Lady Knights would go as they Fell to National Champion Louisburg College and Highland College but it was still a magical season. Recently they also found out that three Lady Knights earned All-Region XXI honors: sophomore Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY), freshman Lexi Barros (New Bedford, MA) and freshman Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ).
Smith is a two-year captain of the Lady Knights and two-time All-Region XXI (New England) selection. Recently, was named WBCA All-American as she helped lead her team to the “Elite Eight” this year at NJCAA National Tourney. Smith led nation is steals with 126 averaging 4.3 assists per game. In addition, she is the CCRI all-time leader in: Scoring with 1,058 points surpassing Amanda Ward who scored 956 career points; Assists with 315 surpassing Nicole Girard who had 274; Steals with 259 passing Denise Scott who had 162; and made free-throws with 186 surpassing Jerilynn Johnson who had 183. Smith was also honored as the Kevin McNamara Award as DIII/CC Women’s Player of the Year by Cox Communications.
As a freshman Smith was the top scorer with 502 total points averaging 16.2 points per game where she is ranked No. 41 nationally, rebounds with 217 averaging seven rebounds per game, Smith set the single season record for assists with 183 total and 5.9 per game, blowing away the former record of 156 by Nicole Girard in 2008-09, she is also ranked No. 14 nationally in assists nationally. Smith recorded an impressive 11 double-doubles and one triple-double in her 31 games played. In addition, she tied the single-game assist record when she recorded 14 versus Orange County CC on January 21st, a record she shares with Jessica Aldrich in 1994 and Jen Rado in the 2001-02 season. Lastly, she crushed the CCRI steals record out of the water with 110 steals so far averaging 4.2 per game ranking her No. 8 in the Nation while crushing the former record of 93 held by Lauren Harrington in the 2008-09 season. Making Smith’s numbers even more impressive was that she played on a very young team with only one sophomore and she moved from playing shooting guard to point guard mid-season and did not miss a beat.
Barros burst upon the season as a freshman she was second on the lady Knights I scoring behind Smith averaging 16.1 points per game with which ranked her No. 44 by the NJCAA. Barros also was ranked 12th I the nation in steals with 96 and was ranked No. 6 in 3-point field goal percentage making 43.3% of her 3-pointers. Lexi scored in double-figures in 22 of the games she played in and 20 or more points in 12 games. Barros’ career-high came in the NJCAA National Tournament where she poured in a game-high 28 points, including 4-6 from the 3-point arch to lead the Lady Knights in a dramatic 76-68 overtime victory over Owens Community College. Barros will be a key piece to the Lady Knights success as she returns for her sophomore campaign.
Jackson was another freshman who made a big impact averaging 12 points per game. Jackson along with Barros was a key piece to the perimeter attack for the Lady Knights while also being able to penetrate the opposing defenses and get free throw opportunities where she led the Lady Knights shooting 80% from the free throw line which ranked her No. 15 by the NJCAA. Jackson scored in double-figures in 20 games she played in this year and 20 or more points in three games, including a career-high 23 points versus UConn-Avery Point. Jackson will be another key piece tot eh Lady Knights’ backcourt in the 2013-14 season when she returns with Barros. 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.
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.