11.03.12: On Sunday afternoon, CCRI took on Central Maine Community College in the final game of the southern Maine Invitational Tournament. CCRI came away with a hard-fought 78-70 victory. With the win the Lady Knights improve to 2-0 on the season.
Central Maine CC came out of the gates and shot a blistering 51% from behind the 3-point arc in the first half putting the Lady Knights into a hole. At the end of the first twenty minutes, CCRI was down 42-37. The Lady Knights took over in the second half. They opened with a 13-1 run to set an early tone. CCRI’s aggressive defense forced several turnovers in the second half and held Central Maine to a mere 33% from the 3-point arc in the second half where CMCC shot just 2-6. Treedy Ward (Boynton Beach, FL) led all scorers with 25 points while going 2-5 from behind the 3-point arc. Sophomore Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) recorded a her first double-double of the season scoring 18 points and adding 17 rebounds while adding three assists and Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, CT) finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.
Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the tournament "I am very proud of the way our players kept their poise and composure throughout the game. Central Maine shot extremely well from the floor. We remained calm, weathered their runs, and answered when we needed to."
The Lady Knights return to action next weekend when they will travel to Frederick, MD for the Frederick College Mixer. The Lady Knights will face Fredrick on Saturday at 7:00pm and Allegheny County Sunday at 1:00pm.
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.