03.09.13: The No.13 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Cabrini College in Radnor, PA to compete in the District N/O Tournament. Their first opponent was Delaware Technical Community College from Stanton, DE. The Lady Knights defeated Delaware Tech. 73-49. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 24-4 on the season and will advance to the National Tournament. They will play Monroe College Sunday at 1:00pm. Monroe defeated Region XIX Champion Harcum College 76-69 in the second game of the tourney. The winner of Sunday's game will be the District N Champion and advance to Nationals and the loser will be the District O Champion and advance to the NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Tournament at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL, which will take place March 19th-23rd.
In addition, on this historic day, Lady Knights' Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY) became the first CCRI Lady Knights' basketball player to score 1,000 points for her career and now has 1,007 for her career and still counting.
CCRI led by nine points at halftime, 34-25, with Delaware Tech going on a run to end the first half. The run continued in the second, with Delaware Tech taking a two point lead only 6 minutes in to the second half. That, however, was the end of the run for Delaware Tech, with CCRI taking control right away, and never looking back.
The Lady Knights were led by Jahira Smith with 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Smith also scored her 1,000th point of her career in the second half of the game, she is already the school's all-time scoring leader in women's basketball for CCRI, and the first women's player in history to score 1,000 points! Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) helped Smith by contributing 15 points and four rebounds off the bench. The Lady Knights also got great production from Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) who charted her 15th double-double of the year with 10 points, 10 rebound while adding five assists. Treedy Ward (Boynton Beach, FL) added 10 points while dishing-out seven assists and Jenna Ayala (Paterson, NJ) added seven points and ripped own 13 rebounds.
"It was a hard fought game," said CCRI head coach Kate Lynch. "When you get to this level and you're playing in the district tournament, you can't underestimate anyone. Delaware Tech played a really tough 40 minutes of basketball." Jahira Smith gave Delaware Tech credit for a good game as well. In reference to reaching her milestone, she said "The individual accomplishment is great, it feels really good to do something that no one's ever done, but at the end of the day today, it was about the team, and about the win. We always look back on how disappointed we were last year losing to Lackawanna in the districts, and not getting to go to nationals. We have accomplished another one of our goals this year."
CCRI will play again tomorrow at 1pm at Cabrini College vs. Monroe College who defeated Harcum College 76-69. This will be the fourth time this year that these two teams have met this year with two of their previous meeting being decided in overtime.
CCRI Women's Basketball 2012-2013 73, Delaware Tech 49
CCRI Women's Basketball 2012-2013 - Lexi Barros 2-5 0-0 4, Jahira Smith 8-17 0-0 18,
Ahnyyah Jackson 6-11 1-1 15, Treedy Ward 3-9 3-4 10, Nyjah Porcher 5-15 0-0 10, Moe
Plummer 2-8 0-0 5, Jessica Randall 2-4 0-0 4, Jenna Ayala 3-5 1-1 7,
Totals: 31-74 5-6 73.Deleware Tech - Ramirez 1-6 0-0 2, King 4-15 1-2 9, Robertson 3-12 5-6 11, Donnelly 2-12 0-0 4, Wallace 3-11 0-0 7, Reed 7-11 2-3 16, Totals: 20-67 8-11 49. 3-point goals: CCRI 6 (Smith 2, Jackson 2, Ward 1, Plummer 1.
Delaware Tech: 1 (Wallace).
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.