Warwick, R.I. – December 14, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Batavia, NY to compete in the Genesee Cougar Holiday Classic over the weekend. On Saturday they faced No. 17 ranked (NJCAA DII Poll) Thunderwolves of Niagara County Community College (13-1). The Lady Knights lost to the Thunderwolves in a hard fought battle 78-70. With the loss CCRI falls to 6-8 on the season.
The Lady Knights had their work cut out for them against the No. 17 ranked Thunderwolves who had only lost one game by a single point on the road. But showed they were up to the challenge as they stayed right with the Thunderwolves throughout the entire game. The Lady Knight trailed by just four points 16-12 after the first quarter. The Lady Knights played better offense in the second quarter but had a hard time slowing the Thunderwolves offense but still kept the game close with the score 34-28 at the half. In the third quarter CCRI cut the lead to five points a few times but Niagara extended their lead to nine points by the end of the quarter 56-47. In the fourth Niagara was able to pull away to lead by as many as 18 points, CCRI did battle back but were only able to get the lead down to eight points with the final score of 78-70.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was freshman Alexis Antonacci (Plainview, NY) scoring a game-high 23 points, including two 3-pointers with a game-high seven assists while also pulling down six rebounds. Antonacci was helped by Kennethah Harden (Roosevelt, NY) who charted yet another double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds while making a game-high five steals with two assists. Also helping CCRI was Mackenzie Brayman (North Stonington, CT) tying her career0-high with 14 points, including two 3-pointers with four rebounds, two assists and a steal and in her first game for CCRI Ashley Correa (Providence, RI) scored seven points including a 3-pointer with three assists and two steals.
The Lady Knights will face the Cougars of Genesee CC Sunday at 11:00am to complete their play in the Genesee Cougar Holiday Classic.
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.