Warwick, R.I. – January 12, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team concluded play in the 2015 CCRI Basketball Invitational by playing the Mustangs of Monroe College form New Rochelle, NY on Sunday. The Lady Knights lost to the Mustangs 82-53. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 4-14 on the season.
Early in the game both team traded baskets and Monroe had a slim 8-7 lead but freshman Haley Beausoleil (Plainfield, CT) was fouled taking a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to give the Lady Knights a 10-8 lead. From there Monroe used their superior size and athleticism to close the half with a tremendous 42-25 run to take a 50-25 lead into halftime. Though the outcome of the game was pretty much a forgone conclusion, to the Lady Knights' credit they never quit and continued to play with passion and enthusiasm to try and cut into the Monroe lead. However, the Mustang lead was too much to overcome as they went on to win by the final count of 82-53.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was freshman guard Haley Beausoleil who scored a team-high 15 points including two 3-pointers while adding three rebounds. Beausoleil was helped by Tri-Captain Amber Edwards (Boston, MA) had 10 points, eight rebounds and two assists and Tri-Captain Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) added 12 points including two 3-pointers and three assists. Freshman Lyric Artis (Albany, NY) contributed eight points with two 3-pointers of her own with six rebounds while Tri-Captain LaShana Tolliver (Albany, NY) had a team-high 12 rebounds with six points, three assists and two blocked shots.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Saturday the 17th when they host the Colts of Orange County Community College from Middletown, NY at 1:00pm 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.