Warwick, R.I. – December 1, 2017: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to New Haven, CT to play the Lions of Gateway Community College on Thursday evening. The Lady Knights defeated the Lions 70-61. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 6-2 on the season and 3-0 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights began the game well and were able to overcome yet another very tall line-up with three players six feet tall or above but utilized their speed advantage to jump out to a 23-13 lead after the first quarter. CCRI kept the pressure on the Lions but the second quarter was much closer though the Lady Knights did increase their lead to 41-28 at halftime. In the third quarter Gateway made some adjustments and CCRI’s offense began to stall as they were outscored 18-7 to close their lead to just two points with the score 48-46 going into the fourth quarter. The Lady Knights got back on track in the final quarter by scoring 22 points to outlast a very tall Lions’ squad to win by the count of 70-61.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Auviance Lindo (Pembroke Pines, FL) who charted her first collegiate double-double scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds while also adding seven assists and three steals. Also having a tremendous game was Co-Captain Kelsey Hernandez (New Britain, CT) scoring a team-high 17 points with six assists, six steals and four rebounds while Jada Littlejohn (Providence, RI) just missed a double-double with 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Rounding out the CCRI top performers was Nia Mims (Bethlehem, PA) with eight points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals and Co-Captain Tiondra Hands (Boynton Beach, FL) with eight points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Tuesday December 5th when they will travel to Fall River, MA to play the Bayhawks of Bristol Community College at 6:00pm in a Region XXI non-league game.
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 16,000 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.