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Lady Knights fall just short vs. No. 20 DI ASA 74-68
The No. 15 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the No. 20 ranked (NJCAA DI) Avengers of ASA College from Brooklyn, NY on Saturday. The Lady Knights fell to the Avengers 74-68. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 21-4 on the season.
On Saturday the Lady Knights celebrated their annual “Pink Out” where they raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness. In addition, they also celebrated Sophomore Day for their seven sophomores playing in their final regular season game at the Cullen Fieldhouse. They were: Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY), Co-Captain Jess Randall (Warwick, RI), Treedy Ward (Boynton Beach, FL), Moe Plummer (Fairfield, CT), Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT), Lindsey Nash (Manchester, CT), and Jenna Ayala (Paterson, NJ). Head Coach Kate Lynch commented about her special group of sophomores: "I love our sophomores. They're a really fun group to be around and they work hard day in day out. They've built this program to where it is right now and that's a testament to the type of young ladies that they are; tough, focused, determined. We are all going to miss them next year, but we still have the regionals to focus on right now and I know they're looking forward to preparing for playoffs.” She later added: “I'm so proud of what they've accomplished both as individuals and as team. They've been through a lot of adversity together and it has only made them stronger. I couldn't be prouder or luckier to have coached and had the opportunity to get to know these sophomores."
The Lady Knights knew that they were going to be in for a tough contest playing a national ranked Division I program that has four players over six feet who are also fast and tough minded players. However, the Lady Knights always play with plenty of moxie on their home court and came focused to play. In the first half the avengers size and quickness pushed the Lady Knights back on their heels as the avengers went into the break leading by eight points 34-26. In the second half the Lady Knights dug deep to keep the Avengers close. CCRI played at a frenetic pace late in the game to force some avenger turnovers which they used to close the lead to just four points with just 29 seconds left in the game after two made free-throws from Sophomore Moe Plummer making the score 71-67 but that is a close as the Lady Knights would get as they fell by the final tally of 74-68.
The Lady Knights were led by Moe Plummer who scored a career-high and game-high 21 points, including three 3-pointers followed by sophomore Nyjah Porcher scoring 13 points, including 11 in the second half with eight rebounds and five of the Lady Knights’ seven steals. The eight rebounds for Porcher give her 488 for her career to tie her with Roxanne Reid (2003-04) for third on the CCRI All-time rebounding list. Sophomore Co-Captain Jahira Smith added 14 points with five assists, four rebounds, two other two Lady Knights’ steals and an emphatic blocked shot. Smith now has 953 career points and needs just four points to become CCRI's all-time leading scorer to pass Amanda Ward who scored 956 from 2003-2005.
Coach Lynch commented on the Lady Knights’ effort during the game: "I think we played very hard. We made some mental errors which cost us, but playing a team like ASA will certainly prepare us for our regionals."
The Next game for the Lady Knights will be this Saturday March 2nd when they will host the Region XXI Tournament. The schedule of game sis a follows:
Saturday March 2nd
12noon Game 1: No. 1 seed CCRI (21-4) vs. No. 4 seed Orange County CC (15-15)
2:00pm Game 2: No. 2 seed Monroe College (20-5) vs. No. 3 seed Dean College (15-8)
Sunday March 3rd
1:00pm Championship game (winners of games 1 and 2 Saturday)
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.