Warwick, R.I. – February, 5 2016: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Avengers of ASA College from Manhattan, NY on Thursday evening. The Division I Avengers had already beaten CCRI, who is in Division II, earlier in the year and ASA came in with an impressive 18-1 record losing only once to an undefeated team so the Lady Knights knew they were ion for a very tough contest. ASA won the game convincingly 102-36. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 12-13 on the season.
ASA has a very tall and athletics line-up with seven players listed at 5’11” or taller with CCRI’s tallest player listed at 5’9”. The Avenger’s length and full-court 1-3-1 press caused multiple turnovers in the first quarter which led to a 17-5 lead. CCRI could not get anything going in the second quarter either as they went into the half trailing 45-8. ASA cruised home from there to a 102-36 victory.
Leading the way for CCRI was Kennethah Harden (Roosevelt, NY) who scored a team-high 19 points, including two 3-pointers, with eight rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. Helping Harden was Co-Captain Haley Beausoleil (Plainfield, CT) who scored seven points, also with two 3-pointers with five rebounds and two steals and Carol Rodriguez (Pawtucket, RI) got her first career start and scored seven points with two rebounds and a steal. The game’s high-scorer was Pawtucket Native Diandra Darosa who poured in a career-high 38 points with six 3-pointers, though most of them (24) came in the fourth quarter when the game was already out-of-hand.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Saturday the 6 th at 12noon when they will host the Colts of Orange County Community College from Middletown, NY as part of a doubleheader with the Knights who will play the OCCC men at 2:00pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick.
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.