Warwick, R.I. – January 9, 2017: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Seawolves of southern Maine Community College for a game at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse during the snow storm on Saturday. The Lady Knights fell to the Seawolves 62-54. With the loss the Lady Knights drop to 8-9 on the season.
The Lady Knights and Seawolves battled closely in the first quarter with the Seawolves taking a 12-8 lead into the first break. The Seawolves were led by 3-point specialist Alicia Ruth who sank two threes to score half of SMCC’s points. CCRI outscored SMCC I the second quarter getting balanced scoring from Dionna (DJ) Jackson (Harriston, MS) who scored five, Tri-Captain Kelsey Hernandez (New Britain, CT) and Tiondra Hands (Delray Beach, FL) who each scored four points while adding a 3-pointer from Tri-Captain Mackenzie Brayman (North Stonington, CT) making the score 26-24 SMCC at the half.
In the second half the Lady Knights committed many turnovers which Southern Maine capitalized on by sinking five 3-pointers in the quarter two from Alicia Ruth and two from Emily Keene which helped them extend their lead to 12 points 47-35 by the end of the quarter. The Lady Knights would not give up as they tried to battle back into the game with two 3-pointers from D’Asia Allen (Providence, RI) combined with five points from Kelsey Hernandez and DJ Jackson and a 3-pointer form Ashley VanBemmelen (north Providence, RI) but the Seawolves tandem of Ruth and Keene answered with a couple 3-pointers and SMCC hit their free throws in the fourth to hold off CCRI and win 62-54.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was DJ Jackson with a team-high 14 points with eight rebounds and Tri-Captain Kelsey Hernandez added a double-double with 13 points with 10 rebounds, four assist and a steal. Also playing well was D’Asia Allen with nine points on three 3-pointers while Tiondra Hands added six points, three assists and a steal and Ashley VanBemmelen had six points on two 3-pointers with five rebounds and two steals.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Wednesday when they host the Mustangs of Central Maine Community College at 5pm as part of a doubleheader with the men who play at 7pm.
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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.