Warwick, R.I. – March 2, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Dean College in Franklin, MA to compete in the Region XXI/XV Tournament over the weekend. The Lady Knights faced-off against the No. 1 seed Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY on Saturday in the Region Semi-finals. The Lady Knights lost to the Mustangs 75-48. With the loss the Lady Knight send their season with an 8-18 record. In the other Regional semi-final Dean College beat Orange County CC 65-58. In the Regional Championship Monroe beat Dean 81-41. Both teams will advance to the District N/O championship in New Jersey next weekend location and times TBD.
The Lady Knights knew they would be in for a tough test having already lost to the Mustangs 77-46 and 82-53 earlier in the season. Though the Lady Knights did not come out victorious they played hard and kept the game closer than the previous contests. Monroe was in control of most of the game taking a 35-17 lead into halftime. The Lady Knights played much better in the second half but still could not cut into the Monroe lead as the Mustangs went on to win by the final count of 75-48.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Tri-Captain Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) with a team-high 15 points with two steals. Ossian was assisted by freshman Haley Beausoleil (Plainfield, CT) who scored 13 points including 7-7 from the charity stripe. Also helping CCRI was Tri-Captain Amber Edwards (Boston, MA) with eight points and team-high 11 rebounds and Tri-Captain LaShana Tolliver (Albany, NY) who added eight points and six rebounds.
This was the final CCRI game for the CCRI sophomores Tri-Captains: Ossian, Edwards and Tolliver. In her only year at CCRI Tolliver had 302 points, 264 rebounds, 55 assists, 38 blocked shots and 31 steals to help the Lady Knights. Over her two-year career Edwards scored 594 points ranking her No. 18 on the Lady Knights’ all-time scoring list while adding an impressive 394 rebounds and 101 assists. During her two-year career Ossian scored 622 points ranking her No. 16 on the all-time scoring list. In addition, Ossian added 170 assists, 117 steals and 75 3-pointers. Good luck to these sophomores as they move onto 4-year institutions.
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.