The No. 14 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Bulldogs of Dean College for a Region XXI league game on Thursday. The Lady Knights lost to Dean 61-51. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 7-1 on the season, 2-1 in Region XXI and 0-1 in the conference (Division II Region XXI) and Dean improves to 9-1 on the season, 4-0 in Region and 1-0 in the conference.
The Lady Knights quickly fell behind the Bulldogs 10-0 just four minutes into the game. However, CCRI battled back in the first half and took their first lead 27-26 with four minutes left on a jump shot from Jess Patalano(Exeter, RI). The Lady Knights extended their lead to four points 30-26 on a 3-pointer by Lindsay Danise(Danbury, CT) with about two minutes left but the Bulldogs were able to tie the game 30-30 by the halftime break.
In the second half, once again Dean took an early lead and was able to extend that lead to 10 points 47-37 with 13 minutes remaining in the game. The Lady Knights battled through foul trouble and a very tough opponent to cut the lead to just four points 55-51 with just 2:13 remaining. But Dean was able to answer the CCRI charge to score the game’s final six points to win by the final score of 61-51.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Lindsay Danise with a team-high 16 points including four 3-pointers on 4-6 shooting from behind the arc, with four rebounds and a steal. Danise was the only Lady Knights to shoot over 50% at 55% for the game. Also helping CCRI was Co-Captain Allexia Barros (New Bedford, MA) with 13 points, six assists, and five rebounds, Amber Edwards (Boston, mA) had eight points and a team-high 11 rebounds while Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) battled foul trouble but added six points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The next games for the Lady Knights will be next weekend when they travel to Batavia New York to compete in the Genesee CC Holiday Tournament. Game times and opponents still to be determined.
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.