Warwick, R.I. – January 16, 2015: the CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the 2015 CCRI Basketball Invitational over the weekend. In their first game they played the Cougars of Genesee Community College from Batavia, NY. The Lady Knights defeated the Cougars 77-62. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 4-13* on the season (*recently CCRI had to adjust their win/loss record because of two forfeits they accrued from first semester).
The Lady Knights played one of their best games of the season on Saturday versus the Cougars of Genesee. All six Lady Knights' players made it into the scoring columns as they played tremendous team defense while also sharing the ball on offense which led to the victory. Both teams traded baskets with Genesee taking a slim 8-7 lead on a 3-pointer from Elsa Anderson. From there Tri-Captain Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) and freshman Lyric Artis (Albany, NY) led the Lady Knights on a 33-12 run to close out the half. Ossian sank four first half 3-pointers to lead CCRI with 14 first half points while freshman Artis added 11 first half points including two 3-pointers herself. In the second half the Lady Knights kept playing great team basketball to secure the 77-62 victory.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Lyric Artis with 24 points and five rebounds and Tri-captain Jesse Ossian added 21 points including a game-high six 3-pointers with two assists and took a charge that helped change the momentum of the game in the first half. Ossian and Artis They were helped by Tri-Captain LaShana Tolliver (Albany, NY) who added 15 points and six rebounds while Jennifer Cicero (West Greenwich, RI) had six points, six rebounds and three steals and Haley Beausoleil (Plainfield, CT) added four points, five assists and three rebounds.
The Lady Knights will face very potent Mustangs of Monroe College Sunday at 4:00pm in their final game of the 2015 CCRI Basketball Invitational at the 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.