11.03.12: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to South Portland Maine this weekend to compete in the Southern Maine Community College Classic. On Saturday, CCRI defeated Southern Maine CC 101-43. With the victory the Lady Knights begin the season 1-0.
Everyone for the Lady Knights made it into the scoring column. CCRI shot an impressive 54% from the floor for the game and shot 41% from beyond the 3-point arc. The Lady Knights dominated play from beginning to the end and coasted to an easy victory in their first game of the season. CCRI was hot from the start opening the game on a 10-0 run and never looked back. The Lady Knights controlled every facet of the game including the boards.
CCRI was led by sophomore Captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, CT) who scored 18 points and dished out a game-high eight assists followed by Freshman Alexia “Lexi” Barros (New Bedford, MA) who came off the bench to score 18 points. Freshman Alison Littles (Holyoke, MA) began her collegiate career with a monster double-double with 10 points and a game-high 26 rebounds, just three rebounds shy of the CCRI single-game record of 29 set by Linda Martin in 1992 and Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) chipped in with 15 points.
Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the win "We came out with a lot of intensity and we kept it for 40 minutes. Everyone who played contributed. It was a nice was to start the season." The Lady Knights will face Central Maine Community College on Sunday in the final game of the Southern Maine Invitational.
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.