02.07.13: The No. 15 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA on Thursday evening. The Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 101-53. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 20-3 on the season and 5-0 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights began a little sluggishly but clicked into gear about halfway through the first half. Even with the slow start CCRI took a 20 point lead into halftime up 45-25. In the second half the Lady Knights played better and increased its lead and pulled away to win by the final score of 101-53. In addition, Lady Knights' Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY) became the No. 2 scorer on the CCRI All-time scoring list. Smith passed Denise Scott (912) and Claudia DeFaria (916) and now has 918 points for her career total. Smith needs just 39 points to pass Amanda Ward with 956 to become CCRI' all-time leading scorer and with a handful of regular season games and the post season has the chance of also being te first Lady Knight to score 1,000 points.
Smith led the Lady Knights with 21 points, seven assists and seven steals followed by Lexi Barros (New Bedford, MA) with 20 points, including three 3-pointers with seven steals and an assist. Also helping CCRI was Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) scoring 14 points with three steals and two assists, Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) had 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals, and Moe Plummer (Fairfield, CT) added 10 points and three steals.
After the game Head Coach Kate Lynch commented: "I thought we came out a little sluggishly. We made some mental mistakes and turned the ball over too much in the opening minutes. We started picking up the intensity with a few minutes left in the first half. Once we got going, we improved on both ends of the floor."
The next game for the Lady Knights will be this Thursday the 14th when they travel to Franklin, MA to play Regional rivals Dean College at 8:00pm for a Region XXI showdown.
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.