The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Colts of Orange County Community College from Middletown, NY. The Lady Knights defeated the Colts 66-62. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 11-5 on the season.
The Lady Knights had previously beaten the Colts by 40 points in November but the colts came to play on Saturday and they came to win. The Colts took it to the Lady Knights in the first half by pounding the ball inside and getting easy baskets. At the end of the first half the Lady Knights trailed the Colts 31-25. In the second half the Lady Knights began playing much better on the defensive end which helped them gain their first lead in the second half with the score 35-34 with 16 minutes left in the game. The Lady Knights led by as many as 10 points in the second half but could not pull away from the Colts but never relinquished the lead. However with less than two minutes remaining the colts had cut the lead to three points but the Lady Knights were able to win by the final count of 66-62.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) with 23 points including three 3-pointers. With her 23 points Jackson moved-up to No. 12 on the CCRI All-time scoring list with 633 career points passing Rachel Murray who scored 611 and she needs just 20 more points to move into 11th place past Sue Simoneau who scored 652. Also helping Jackson was Co-Captain Allexia Barros (New Bedford, MA) who scored 16 points. Her 16 propels Barros over the 800 point mark with 805 for her career ranking her No. 7 on the CCRI all-time scoring list behind Jerilynn Johnson who scored 849. Rounding-out the scoring for CCRI was Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, Jess Patalano (Exeter, RI) had seven points and Amber Edwards (Boston, MA) added four points to the Lady Knights’ victory.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Saturday the 25th when they travel to Garden City NY to play the Lions of Nassau Community College. The CCRI game versus Roxbury which was originally scheduled for Thursday the 23rd at Roxbury has been postponed until a later date TBA.
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.