01.06.13: The No.11 ranked CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY to play the 10-3 Division I Avengers of ASA College. The Lady Knights had their seven-game win streak snapped by the Division I Avengers. With the defeat, the Lady Knights fall to 14-2 on the season, the best start since 2005.
This was not the Lady Knights’ day. The Avenger’s size and defensive pressure was just too much for the Lady Knights to overcome. ASA held the Lady Knights to their second lowest point total of the season. CCRI went into the half with an 11 point deficit trailing 35-24. Though CCRI was outsized they got a spark from their smallest player in stature Treedy Ward (Boynton, Beach, FL) who scored 10 first half points on 3-4 shooting form beyond the 3-point arc. The Lady Knights were able to cut the lead to as few as six points in the second half, but that is as close as they would get. They ultimately fell by the final tally of 71-55.
The Lady Knights were led by Lexi Barros (New Bedford, MA) with 15 points, five rebounds and four steals. Florida native Treedy Ward scored 13 points on 4-6 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc with two assists. Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) contributed 13 points and eight rebounds while Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY) added 11 points and four rebounds.
Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the loss: “We didn't come ready to play today. We needed to rebound the basketball, get back in transition, and defend the drive. We didn't do any of those well. You can't expect to win a game against a team like ASA by not executing those things."
The Lady Knights are back in action next weekend when they will host the 2013 CCRI Basketball Invitational. On Saturday they will play Genesee Community College at 5:00pm and Sunday the defending national champion Monroe College at 4:00pm.
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.