Warwick, R.I. – December 3, 2014: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Lions of Gateway Community College from new Haven, CT on Tuesday evening for a Region XXI non-league game. The Lady Knights defeated the Lions 74-39. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 3-5 overall and 3-2 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights controlled the game from the opening tip to take a 34-18 lead in to halftime. The Lady Knights had contributions from all six players who were dressed with everyone getting into the scoring column in both halves. In the first half CCRI was led by sophomore Tri-Captain Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) who scored 10 followed by freshman Lyric Artis (Albany, NY) with nine first half points and Tri-Captain Amber Edwards (Boston, MA) added eight points to the Lady Knights first half attack. In the second half CCRI increased their lead and coasted to the 74-39 victory.
Leading the way for CCRI was Tri-Captain Jesse Ossian with a tremendous stat line that included a double-double and game-highs in four categories: points with 17, rebounds with 12, assists with six and steals with five. Ossian was helped by Tri-Captain LaShana Tolliver (Albany, NY) who also had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with five assists and three blocked shots and Tianna Cruz (South Kingstown, RI) who got her first start and just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Rounding out the CCRI attack was Lyric Artis with 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots, Tri-Captain Amber Edwards with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals and Yesenia Biascochea (Central Falls, RI) added six points with two 3-pointers.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be next Thursday December 11th when the host the Bulldogs of Bunker Hill Community College from Charlestown, MA at 6pm for a Region XXI non-league game.
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.