The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to New Rochelle, NY to play the Mustangs of Monroe College. The Mustangs beat the Lady Knights 86-83. With the loss CCRI falls to 13-6 on the year.
The Lady Knights knew they would be in for a tough battle after defeating Monroe in overtime on at CCRI in mid-January and the Mustangs were looking to exact some revenge on their home court. In the first half Monroe jumped ahead of CCRI with a 12 point lead 38-26. But the Lady Knights were able to close the halftime lead to seven points 42-35.
Early in the second half once again Monroe extended their lead this time to 13 points with the score 52-39. The Lady Knights battled back and took their first lead of the game on a lay-up by Amber Edwards (Boston, MA) making the score 62-61. With about eight minutes left the Lady Knights had their biggest lead of the game 68-65 on another basket by Edwards. However Monroe’s size was too much for CCRI as they got some key baskets for their frontcourt on put backs and extended their lead back to seven points. The Lady Knights tried to come back but their efforts fell short as the lost by the final score of 86-83.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Allexia Barros (New Bedford, MA) who scored a team-high 27 points, including five 3-pointers with five rebounds, four steals and two assists. Barros was helped by Co-Captain Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) who also had a big game with 26 points, including two 3-pointers, five steals, four rebounds and three assists. Amber Edwards had 15 points, six rebounds and two assists while Jess Patalano (Exeter, RI) had nine points and three rebounds while Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) added six points, eight assists, and five rebounds.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Tuesday February 4th when they will host Division I power Avengers of ASA College at 6:00pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse.
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.