Warwick, R.I. – November 30, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY. The Lady Knights mounted a furious comeback in the final moments of regulation to tie the game 61-61 and send the game into overtime where they eventually won 70-67!
The Lady Knights and Mustangs have had some spectacular games in the recent years and this game was another “Instant Classic” for the Lady Knights as they were able to mount a furious comeback to overcome the Mustangs. The Lady Knights trailed most of the game falling behind 18-15 after the first quarter and 29-25 by halftime. Monroe kept a four point lead with the scored 51-47 at the end of the fourth quarter.
It looked as though Monroe would be able to take the victory leading by nine points 61-52 with just 3:25 remaining in the game after a basket in the paint by Breanna Dennis. However, the Lady Knights had other ideas Kennethah Harden (Roosevelt, NY) scored on a lay-up making the score 61-54 followed by a fast-break lay-up from Briana Gerena (East Hartford, CT) to cut the Monroe lead to just 61-56 with 2:38 remaining. The Lady Knights cut the lead to three points 58-61 on mid-range jumper in the paint from Mackenzie Brayman (North Stonington, CT) assisted by Gerena with 2:07 left. Monroe had multiple chances to score in the paint in the final two minutes trying to pound the ball into the paint to ice the game but missed multiple shots and put backs that were feverishly contested by CCRI which managed to survive the late onslaught unscathed. After another battle under the boards with under a half minute left the Lady Knights got a rebound from Brayman and started to break down the court swinging the ball around trying to find an open shot that was taken by Alexis Antonacci (Plainview, NY) whom hadn’t made a field goal all day but sank a dramatic 3-pointer with just 2.8 seconds left on the clock tying the game 61-61. Monroe missed a 3-point attempt as time expired sending the game to overtime.
In the extra 5:00 period Monroe scored first after 1-2 free throws from Breanna Dennis making the score 62-61 Monroe. Kennethah Harden made two free throws to give the Lady Knights the lead 63-62. After a missed 3-pointer from Alexis Antonacci an aerial put-back from diminutive guard Haley Beausoleil put CCRI ahead 65-62 with 1:02 remaining in OT. Monroe answered with a basket from Samantha Hines making the score 65-64 CCRI. After a missed Monroe shots had to foul CCRI giving the Lady Knights a 68-64 lead with 3-4 free throws from Antonacci with just 26 seconds left on overtime. Destini Green sank a 3-pointer with three seconds left in OT but Haley Beausoleil sank two free throws with a second left to give the Lady Knights the hard fought 70-67 victory.
Leading the way for CCRI was Kennethah Harden with her ninth double-double scoring a game-high 26 points while ripping down a game-high 20 rebounds while shooting with tremendous efficiency 59% from the floor and 6-8 form the free throw line. Harden was assisted by Briana Gerena who scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers with two assists and four rebounds. Also helping CCRI was Mackenzie Brayman with nine points and two rebounds and Co-Captain Haley Beausoleil with eight points, five assists with two steals and four rebounds. Rounding out the tremendous Lady Knights’ team effort was Alexis Antonacci with seven points, two steals and two assists and Maritza Gustave (Fall River, MA) with five points, four steals and four rebounds.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Tuesday December 1st at 5:00pm when they host the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA for a Region XXI non-league game.
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.