Warwick, R.I. – December 11, 2017: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team concluded play in the 2017 Genesee Cougar Classic on Sunday by facing the Thunderwolves of Niagara County Community College. The Lady Knights defeated the Thunderwolves 78-69. With the victory CCRI improves to 8-3 on the season.
The Lady Knights had a much better shooting game versus Niagara than they did versus Genesee on Saturday. CCRI shot 38.4% from the field and 37% from the 3-point arc. The higher shooting percentage helped The Lady Knights create an eight point first quarter lead with the score 22-14. Both teams played evenly in the second quarter scoring 19 apiece to give CCRI the 41-33 halftime lead. Niagara came out firing in the third quarter raining in 26 points to the 18 scored by CCRI to tie the Lady Knights 59-59 going into the fourth quarter. CCRI dug deep for an answer in the fourth quarter and outscored Niagara 19-10 to win by the score of 78-69.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Tiondra Hands (Boynton, Beach, FL) with a game-high 20 points including four 3pointers with nine assists, three rebounds and two steals. Also playing very well for CCRI was sophomore Nia Mims (Bethlehem, PA) with 19 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Co-Captain Kelsey Hernandez (New Britain, CT) added nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals and Auviance Lindo (Pembroke Pines, FL) had nine points, five rebounds and two assists. Rounding out the CCRI top performers was D’Asia Allen (Providence, RI) with nine points on three 3-pointers with two assists and Kat Raposo (Warwick, RI) added eight points, five rebounds and two steals.
The next game fir the Lady Knights will be Thursday at 5pm when they will face the Midshipmen Candidates from the Naval Academy Prep School at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse.
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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.