Warwick, R.I. – January 22, 2018: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Central Maine Community College in Auburn, ME for a game versus the Mustangs on Friday evening. CCRI lost to the Mustangs 75-71. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 12-8 on the season.
This was a return match between the Lady Knights and Mustangs who had met in Warwick, RI with the Mustangs emerging victoriously 75-66. CCRI was looking to exact their revenge on the home court of the Mustangs in the return meeting. The Lady Knights took the early advantage in this contest with a 16-11 lead after one quarter spurred by six points from Kat Raposo (Warwick, RI) on two 3-pointers and four points from Jada Littlejohn (Providence, RI). Central Maine battled back in the second quarter with four 3-pointers including two from Natalie Thurber. CCRI was keeping pace with the 3-pointers by getting three from D'Asia Allen (Providence, RI) and one from Co-Captain Kelsey Hernandez (New Britain, CT). However, the Mustangs complemented their 3-point attack with a potent inside attack that allowed them to score 23 points to just 18 from CCRI to tie the game 34-34 at the Halftime break.
Both teams kept exchanging the lead in the third quarter as the scoring frequency stayed at a fever pitch with neither team backing down. CCRI was getting consistent scoring from their leading scorer Nia Mims (Bethlehem, PA) who had five of her team-high 19 points in the quarter but The Mustangs' Alex Bessey answered with 20 herself to keep the Lady Knights at bay. With just one quarter to play the Lady Knights trailed 55-54 and were looking for a way to escape Auburn, ME with a victory. The Lady Knights surged ahead of the Mustangs and were able to take a 71-65 lead. However, the Mustangs closed the game with a 10-0 run to fend-off the Lady Knights victory attempt.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Nia Mims with a team-high 19 points including three 3-pointers with seven rebounds. Mims was assisted by Co-Captain Tiondra Hands (Boynton Beach, FL) who had 13 points with two 3-pointers, five assists and four rebounds and D'Asia Allen added 13 points. Rounding out the Lady Knights attack was Jada Littlejohn with nine points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists while freshmen Kat Raposo and Auvi Lindo (Pembroke Pines, FL) scores six points apiece.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Sunday when they will host the Seawolves of Southern Maine Community College from Portland, ME a1 pm 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.