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Lady Knights maul Manchester 75-42 in record night!
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Cougars of Manchester Community College for their final regular season game in a Region XXI non-league contest. In a record breaking night, the Lady Knights improved to 17-11 and 6-1 in Region XXI play with a convincing 75-42 victory over Manchester. CCRI was celebrating Sophomore Day for their lone sophomore Lauren Masse (Woonsocket, RI) as she played in her final game at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse. In addition, the Lady Knights were also having their annual “Play 4 Kay Pink Out” where they wore pink accessories and raised money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a charitable organization committed to finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research.
The Lady Knights and Cougars battled back and forth for the first 10 minutes. CCRI finally got into a rhythm and took their first lead 12-10 on a 3-pointer by Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, CT). From then the Lady Knights never trailed again going into halftime leading 32-22. In the second half the Lady Knights went to a smaller and quicker line-up which stifled the Cougars’ offensive flow and allowed CCRI to extend their lead over 30 points and Manchester never recovered as the Lady Knights cruised to the 75-42 victory.
Sophomore Co-Captain Lauren Masse drained five 3-pointers, on 5-10 shooting from behind the 3-point arc, moving her from fourth up to second on CCRI’s All-Time 3-pointer list giving her 78 for her career moving her past Sara Duskiewicz who had 74 from 2002-2004 and Lauren Harrington who had 75 from 2007-09. Head Coach Kate Lynch commented about Masse "I am really happy for Lauren. She has been an important part of this program for two years. She helped set the standard for CCRI basketball last year and she has continued to do so. Being second on the all-time 3-point list is a huge accomplishment and it is well deserved."
Freshman Co-Captain Jahira Smith was also out to get into the record book with another impressive game for the Lady Knights finishing with another double-double consisting of 12 points and 10 assists while adding six steals and five rebounds. Smith had broken the single-season record for steals of 93 set by Lauren Harrington in 2008-09 earlier in the season and Jahira’s mark now stands at 120 steals for the year. In addition, Smith also set a new single-season assist record last night with 162 on the season breaking the former mark of 156 held by Nicole Girard in 2008-09.
Also having an excellent night for CCRI versus Manchester was Jess Randall (Warwick, RI) also charting a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, adding three assists, and three steals. Rounding out the Lady Knights’ attack was Moe Plummer (Fairfield, CT) with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals, Celina Rosa(Plantation, FL) who pitched in with eight points and two steals, and Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) added seven rebounds, four points, two steals and two assists.
Coach Lynch added "I am very proud of our effort in the second half. We played much harder, more focused, and more together in the second half. When we play like that, we are fun to watch."
CCRI resumes play next weekend when they travel to Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY to take part in the Region XXI Tournament. The No. 2 seed Lady Knights will face Region XXI rival and No. 3 seed Dean College Saturday March 3rd at 10:00am. The winner of that game will play the winner of the No.1 seed Monroe College vs. No. 4 seed Orange County Community College game Sunday March 4th at 4:30pm.