The CCRI Lady Knights’ basketball team traveled to Auburn, ME to play the Mustangs of Central Maine Community College for their season opener. The Lady Knights defeated the Mustangs 74-49. With the victory CCRI begins the season 1-0.
Central Maine jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead as the Lady Knights, playing in their first game of the season shook off the opening game jitters they quickly answered with a 3-pointer from Tri-Captain Allexia Barros (New Bedford, MA) to cut the lead to 4-3 Mustangs. The Lady Knights would take their first lead 8-7 at the 15:52 mark on a lay-up by Tri-Captain Alison Littles (Holyoke, MA) and they never looked back. The quickly extended their lead to 10 points and then took their largest lead of 11 points with the score 29-18 on a jumper from Tri-Captain Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ). CCRI took a 10 point lead into halftime 37-27.
In the second half the Lady Knights kept the defensive pressure on the Mustangs and extended the lead to 16 points on a made lay-up by freshman Ashley Malloy (Kensington, CT) making the score 51-36 with 11:43 remaining in the game and then cruised away to a 25 point victory to win by the final score of 74-49.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Tri-Captain Lexi Barros with 21 points, including three 3-pointers, with five rebounds, four steals and four assists, followed by Tri-Captain Ahnyyah Jackson with 19 points, also including three 3-pointers, with three steals, three assists and two blocked shots. Also helping CCRI was freshman Ashley Malloy who came off the bench to score 15 points with four rebounds. Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) did a great job distributing the ball while scoring 10 points with seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals while Tri-Captain center Alison Littles added four points and a game-high 19 rebounds.
First year Head Coach Brittany Brown commented after the victory “We started off a little shaky but I could tell it was first game jitters. I called an early time out so the ladies could compose themselves and from there we started rolling. Once we settled down the Lady Knights showed up to play and that’s all I can ask for.”
The Lady Knights have scrimmages Tuesday at Lasell and Thursday at Eastern Connecticut State before traveling to Fredrick, MD over the weekend to play in the Fredrick Community College Cougar Classic. Saturday the 9th they will play Frederick CC at 5:00pm and Sunday the 10th they play Allegany College of Maryland 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.