Warwick, R.I. – December 29, 2017: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to The District of Columbia to compete in the National Title IX Holiday Conference and Classic on Friday. In their first game of the Title IX Classic CCRI faced the Cougars of Frederick Community College from Frederick, MD. The Lady Knights won 54-52. With the victory CCRI improves to 10-4 on the season.
This was the second meeting between the Lady Knights and Cougars, CCRI had beaten Frederick in the Cougars’ Tip-off Classic 72-54 in the beginning of November but this would be a much closer contest. The Cougars jumped out to an 13-5 lead early in the first quarter until CCRI clawed back to cut the lead to one point 15-14 on a basket from Co-Captain Tiondra Hands (Boynton, Beach, FL) but the Cougars’ Dajah Gee sank a 3-pointer just before the end of the quarter to give Frederick an 18-14 lead after a quarter. Gee was not done there as she as she sank another 3-pointer to start the second quarter to give Frederick a 21-14 lead. The Cougars would extend their lead to 15 points on a 3-pointer by Jordan Powe making the score 31-16 Frederick. The Lady Knights answered the 3-point call by sinking three long-range bombs themselves from Hands, D’Asia Allen (Providence, RI) and Jada Littlejohn (Providence, RI) which helped cut the lead to five points 31-26. Dajah Gee made a basket and Allen answered with a 3-pointer to send the Lady Knights into the halftime break trailing 33-29.
Frederick kept on rolling in the third quarter outscoring CCRI 14-10 led by Jone Ayers who scored eight on the Cougars 14 third quarter points Tiondra Hands scored four of CCRI’s 10 in the third quarter to keep the Lady Knights in striking distance. CCRI played stifling defense in the fourth quarter to limit the Cougars to just five fourth quarter points while matching their high quarter scoring total with 15 fourth quarter points. The Lady Knights fourth quarter comeback was authored by their Co-Captains Tiondra Hands who score five points and Kelsey Hernandez (New Britain, CT) who also added five fourth quarter points. CCRI led by as many as five points in the fourth quarter with the score 53-48 and were able to hold on to win by the final count of 54-52.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Tiondra Hands who scored a game-high 22 points including three 3-pointers with six rebounds, and four assists. It was an extra special day for the Lady Knights Co-Captain as Hands scored her season-high 22 points in front of her Mother who had surprised her with a holiday visit from Boynton Beach, FL to see her for the first time this season. Also helping CCRI was freshman Jada Littlejohn with eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds and D’Asia Allen had seven points including two 3-pointers. Two other key contributors for the Lady Knights were Co-Captain Kelsey Hernandez who scored all five of her points during the CCRI fourth quarter comeback while adding four assists and Waleska Kelly (Pawtucket, RI) who only scored two points but ripped down a career-high 11 rebounds with three assists and tied a career-high with three blocked shots.
The Lady Knights have no time to rest on their laurels as they will face the very potent Division I Owls of Harford Community College (10-1) from Bel Air, MD Friday at 8pm as part of the Title IX Classic.
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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.