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Randall’s 34 lifts Lady Knights over Nassau 75-62!
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Garden City, NY for a matchup against previously unbeaten and No. 8 ranked (NJCAA DIII poll) Lions of Nassau Community College on Saturday. The Lady Knights defeated the Lions 75-62.
This match-up between the Lady Knights and Nassau turned out to be a game of scoring runs. CCRI led by seventeen points with five minutes to go in the first half when Nassau went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to seven. After a quick bucket to end the first half, the Lady Knights went into the locker room with a nine-point halftime lead 42-33. Jess Randall (Warwick, RI) led all scorers at halftime with 18 points. In the second half the Lady Knights and Lions again dueled back and forth with CCRI getting the better of Nassau outscoring the previously unbeaten Lions 33-29 to secure the hard fought 75-62 victory. Nassau fell to 9-1 with the loss.
The Lady Knights were led by Jess Randall who finished with a career-high 34 points on 60% shooting including three 3-pointers while adding seven rebounds and two steals. Randall’s 34 points was the most scored by any Lady Knight all season. Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, CT) scored 15 points to go along with six assists, six steals, and five rebounds while Moe Plummer (Fairfield, CT) chipped in with 14 points, three assists, four steals, and three rebounds. Rounding out the CCRI’s top contributors was Jenna Ayala (Paterson, NJ) who had six points while pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds with two steals and Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) scored just three points but dished-out seven assists with nine rebounds and three steals.
Head Coach Kate Lynch commented: “We had a really balanced effort today. It was certainly a game of runs. We were able to convert on the offensive end today. We did a very good job keeping our intensity level up. Nassau made some big runs in both halves. We were able to weather their runs.”
The Lady Knights are back in action Wednesday February 1st when they will travel to Newport, RI to play the Rams of the Naval Academy Prep School at 6:00pm.