12.15.12: The No. 11 ranked (NJCAA DII women’s basketball poll) CCRI Lady Knights hosted the Cougars of Manchester Community College from Manchester, CT on Saturday for a Region XXI non-league game. The Lady Knights easily beat the Cougars 106-34. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 11-1 overall and 3-0 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights led form the opening tip to the final buzzer as they jumped out to a quick 10 point lead early in the game which they quickly extended to 20 points before going into the half leading 60-18. In the second half Manchester though down by a big margin played with tremendous heart and intensity throughout the game despite the score. However, the overall talent level of the Lady Knights was too much for the Cougars to overcome as CCRI went on to win 106-34.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Lexi Barros (New Bedford, MA) with a game-high 26 points, including 4-7 from 3-point arc, with eight steals, six assists and four rebounds. Barros was helped by Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) who added a her eighth double-double of the year with 19 points and 11 rebounds to go with four assists and two steals, Manchester transfer Lindsey Nash (Manchester, CT) charted a double-double against her former team with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rounding out the five Lady Knights in double-figures was Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) with 15 points, six rebounds and five steals and Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY) added 10 points, four assists and three steals. Also playing well for CCRI was Treedy Ward (Boynton Beach, FL) who scored nine points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot, Co-Captain Jess Randall (Warwick, RI) added eight points, nine rebounds, four steals, two assists and a blocked shot and Jenna Ayala (Paterson, NJ) added six points and nine rebounds.
Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the victory: "We focused all week on boxing out and I thought we did a really good job with that. We also worked a lot on defense all week. We need to so some tweaking in order to be successful. I think we were a lot more focused on the little things today."
The No. 11 ranked Lady Knights are back in action at home Thursday December 20th when they will host the Pointers of UConn-Avery Point at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 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.