Warwick, R.I. – December 21, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team continued play in Maine on Saturday when they traveled to Portland, ME to play the Sea Wolves of Southern Maine Community College. The Lady Knights lost to the Sea Wolves 71-61. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 9-9 on the season.
The Lady Knights thought they could be in for an easier contest with SMCC falling to Central Maine by 30 on Thursday, a team whom they had beaten Friday by 23. However, Southern Maine responded to their worst loss of the season with an incredible third quarter to emerge victorious over the Lady Knights 71-61. Both teams battled closely in the first quarter with SMCC taking a slim12-11 lead. CCRI took control of the contest in the second quarter outscoring the Sea Wolves 19-9 with 10 points from Kennethah Harden (Roosevelt, NY) and a 3-pointer apiece from Ashely Correa (Providence, RI), Mackenzie Brayman (North Stonington, CT) and Maritza Gustave (Fall-River, MA).
However, the third quarter was the worst quarter of play this season defensively for the Lady Knights allowing a season-high 35 points while only scoring 11 themselves. After leading by nine at the half CCRI now trailed by 15 with the score 56-41 with just 10 minutes to play. SMCC shot 63% from the field on 12-19 shooting while also making 9-10 free throws in the quarter to pull away from CCRI. The Lady Knights tried to ballet back in the fourth quarter outscoring SMCC 20-15, but the 15-point lead was just too much to overcome as CCRI fell by the final count of 71-61.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Kennethah Harden (Roosevelt, NY) with her 13th double-double of the year, in monster fashion, scoring 26 points with 14 rebounds while adding four steals, two blocked shots and two assists. Also helping CCRI was Alexis Antonacci (Plainview, NY) with eight points and two assists and Co-Captain Haley Beausoleil (Plainfield, CT) with seven points and four rebounds. Also helping the Lady Knights was Maritza Gustave with six points on two 3-pointers while ripping down a game-high 13 rebounds and Mackenzie Brayman with seven points including two 3-pointers with six rebounds and two assists.
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.