01.23.13: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team is off to its best start in program history with a 17-2 record! The Lady Knights’ effort and hard work have been paid-off as they have cracked the top 10 in the NJCAA Division II women’s basketball poll ranked No. 9 in the nation!
The Lady Knights have won 17 games and 10 of their last 11 contests including knocking-off two Division I squads over semester break. Their Team success is reflected within the national numbers where they are ranked in the top 20 as a team in multiple categories. CCRI is ranked (NJCAA DII women’s No. 1 in: scoring with 89.1 points per game and FG made with 673 on the year. They are ranked No. 2 in: 3-point FG made with 139 total and assists per game with 19.4. In addition, CCRI is No. 4 with 17.5 per game No. 8 in FG% shooting at a 44.9% clip and No. 14 in 3-point FG% shooting at 35%.
Individually the Lady Knights also have many players ranked in the top 30. Sophomore Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY) is ranked No. 29 in scoring with 17.1 points per game, No. 5 in steals with 4.3 per game and No. 25 in assists with 4.7 per game. Freshman Lexi Barros (New Bedford, MA) is ranked No. 17 in scoring with 18.2 points per game and No. 7 in steals with 4.1 per game while sophomore Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) is ranked No. 20 in rebounds averaging 11.4 rebounds per game and No. 40 in scoring with 16.3 points per game.
The Lady Knights look to finish the Season with a flourish with eight regular season games left on the schedule followed by hosting the Region XXI/XV Super Regional which should lead to an appearance in the District N/O Tournament with the end goal being returning to the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL for the first time since 2009.
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.