Warwick, R.I. – January 20, 2015: the CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Portland, ME to take on the Seawolves of Southern Maine Community College. The Lady Knights defeated the Seawolves 61-53. With the victory CCRI improves to 6-14 on the season.
The Lady Knights jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead and maintained the lead for the first half but the game was still pretty close with CCRI having a slim 23-19 lead after an Alicia Hoyt free throw. The Lady Knights closed-out the half with a 10-2 run capped by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Tri-Captain Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) to send them into the break leading 33-21.
CCRI maintained the lead in the second half but the Seawolves battled back to cut the CCRI lead to five points 38-33 but the Lady Knights put together another 14-7 run to extend the lead back to 52-40 with about five minutes remaining. Southern Maine benefitted from CCRI foul troubled to quickly cut that lead down to 52-45. Then things got really interesting as LaShana Tolliver (Albany, NY) fouled out with over two minutes left and CCRI clinging to a 54-47 lead while having to complete the game playing four players versus five of SMCC. However the Lady Knights dug deep and were able to play tenacious defensive intensity even though down a player while making key free throws and baskets from Tri-captain Jesse Ossian and freshman Haley Beausoleil (Plainfield, CT) to secure eight point victory 61-53.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Tri-Captain Jesse Ossian with a game-high 20 points, including three 3-pointers with seven assists, seven rebounds, and six steals followed by Tri-Captain Amber Edwards (Boston, MA) who scored 12 points with eight rebounds, four steals, three assists, and two blocked shots. Also helping CCRI was Haley Beausoleil with 10 points including two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, three assist and two steals, Jennifer Cicero (West Greenwich, RI) had eight points, five rebounds and two steals while Lyric Artis (Albany NY) added seven points.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be next Saturday the 24th when they travel to Newport, RI to play the Rams of the Naval Academy Prep School time TBD.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 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.