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No. 15 Lady Knights beat Bulldogs 67-59!
The No. 15 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) CCRI Lady Knights traveled to Franklin, MA to play the Bulldogs of Dean College on Thursday evening for a pivotal Region XXI league game. The game was the second game on the slate for the evening because Dean was celebrating their “Think Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The Lady Knights defeated the Bulldogs 67-59. With the victory the CCRI improves to 21-3 on the season and 6-0 in Region XXI.
The Lady Knights were able to silence the rowdy Dean College crowd as they were able to maintain a lead for most of the first half, holding onto a nine point lead 33-24 at the break. The Lady Knights were led in the first half by Treedy Ward (Boynton, Beach, FL) who scored 11 points including three 3-pointers and Captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY) who added nine in the half. In the second half the Bulldogs bit back and were able cut the CCRI lead to just two points, thanks in large part to forward Chelsea Newman who had a monster double-double with 20 points and 23 rebounds. However, the Lady Knights were able to weather the storm as a cohesive unit and dig deep to escape with a nine point hard-fought Region XXI victory over the Bulldogs 67-59.
The Lady Knights were led by sophomore Co-Captain Jahira Smith who scored a game-high 21 points with six steals, four rebounds, and three assists. Smith now has 939 career points and needs just 18 points to become the Lady Knights’ all-time leading scorer (Amanda Ward 956) and 61 to be the first to reach the 1,000 point mark. Also helping CCRI was Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) who charted her 12th double-double of the year scoring 10 points while battling the Bulldogs to rip down a team-high 14 rebounds. Also helping CCRI was Treedy Ward who added 11 points, three rebounds and two steals and Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) added 10 points and seven rebounds.
"This was an important game, and the kids knew it," said CCRI Head Coach Kate Lynch. "We practiced hard all week and prepared for Dean. We executed our game plan, but Dean is tough, especially at their place. I'm proud of the kids for gutting it out and getting the win."
The next game for the Lady Knights will be this Sunday the 17th at 1:00pm when they face the Bulldogs of Briarcliffe College from Long Island, NY.
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.