The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Franklin, MA to play the Lady Bulldogs of Dean College for their final regular season game. The Lady Knights lost to the Lady Bulldogs 66-59. With the loss CCRI falls to 16-8 overall and 5-2 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights and Lady Bulldogs battled back and forth in the first half. The Lady Knights trailed early but took the lead 12-10 on a jumper from Amber Edwards (Boston, MA). Dean battled back to take a lead 27-26 lead with about two minutes left on a 3-pointer by Vanessa Sylvain. Dean took ma 29-28 lead into halftime. In the second half Dean started the second half with three consecutive 3-pointers and the Lady Knights answered with seven points from Co-Captain Allexia Barros (New Bedford, MA) making the score 38-35 Dean. CCRI kept the game close for most of the second half but never tied the game or took the lead as Dean pulled away to win by the final score of 66-59.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Allexia Barros with 18 points, including two 3-pointers with seven rebounds, three steals and an assist followed by Co-Captain Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) with 12 points with three steals. Also helping CCRI was Jess Patalano (Exeter, RI) with 10 points, including two 3-pointers with five rebounds, Amber Edwards with eight points and team-high 13 rebounds, and Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) added nine points, four assists and three rebounds.
With her 18 points Barros moves into the No. 2 spot on the CCRI Lady Knights’ all-time scoring list with 967 career points passing Amanda Ward who scored 956 from 2003-05. In addition she has 90 3-pointers to extend her single-season 3-point record and 154 career 3-pointer to extend her all-time career record. With her 12 points Jackson moves into the No. 8 spot on the Lady Knights all-time list with 781 points passing one of her former teammates Nyjah Porcher who score 776 from 2011-13.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be next weekend when they travel to New Rochelle, NY to compete in the Region XXI/XV Super Regionals versus Dean College, Orange County Community College and host school Monroe College. The seeding and game times 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.