Warwick, R.I. – February 23, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Wildcats of Lincoln College of New England on Saturday at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse. The Lady Knights were also celebrating their Sophomore Day honoring the three sophomore Tri-Captains: LaShana Tolliver (Albany NY), Amber Edwards (Boston, MA) and Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) who were playing in their final weekend game at the Cullen Fieldhouse. CCRI defeated the Wildcats 82-21. With the victory CCRI improves to 7-17 overall and 3-5 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights controlled the game from the opening tip taking a sizeable 34-17 lead into halftime. In the second half the Lady Knights remained focused despite the score while playing tremendous pressure defense to limit Lincoln to juts four second half points to cruise to the comfortable 82-21 victory.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Sophomore Tri-Captain LaShana Tolliver who charted a double-double and almost a quadruple-double scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds, adding a game-high seven assists with five blocked shots. Not to be outdone sophomore Tri-Captain Jesse Ossian was just three points for a career-high with 28 points, including tying her career-high with six 3-pointers and adding seven rebounds, three assists and put up a career-high with eight steals while sophomore Tri-Captain Amber Edwards also had a great game adding 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. Also helping CCRI was freshman guard Lyric Artis (Albany, NY) with 19 points, including three 3-pointers with five rebounds and two blocked shots and freshman forward Jennifer Cicero (West Greenwich, RI) made the most of her first career start almost charting a double-double scoring eight points with nine rebounds.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be tonight when they face the Rams of the Naval Academy Preparatory School for their last home game at 7:30pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse in the second game of a CCRI doubleheader.
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.