Warwick, R.I. – November 20, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Dena College in Franklin, MA for their Region XXI league game versus the Bulldogs. The Lady Knights lost to Dean 64-54. With the loss CCRI falls to 2-6 on the season and 1-3 in Region XXI play and 1-0 in their league.
The Lady Knights and Bulldogs battled closely in the first quarter with CCRI holding a 17-14 lead on a basket from Kennethah Harden (Roosevelt, NY). The Bulldogs closed-out the first with a 7-0 run to take a 21-17 first quarter lead. In the second quarter the Lady Knights outscored the Bulldogs 15-12 to close the Bulldogs’ lead to one point by halftime once again led by Harden who scored six points to give her 12 points by the half.
In the second half both teams still battled closely with CCRI tying the game 41-41 on a basket from Maritza Gustave (Fall River, MA) but once again Dean closed out the quarter outscoring CCRI 10-7 to take a 51-48 lead into the final quarter. Unfortunately for the Lady Knights their offense sputtered in the fourth quarter as they were only able to muster six total points and Dean scored 13 points to pull away to win buy the final count of 64-54.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Kennethah Harden who charted her fourth double-double with a game-high 19 points while ripping down a game-high 16 rebounds while adding two assists a blocked shot and a steal. Harden was helped by Alexis Antonacci (Plainview, NY) who scored 10 points including 6-6 from the free throw line with a team-high six assists while adding two steals. Also helping CCRI was Co-Captain Haley Beausoleil (Plainfield, CT) with nine points, eight rebounds and three assists and Co-Captain Lyric Artis (Albany, NY) with seven points, a team-high four steals with three rebounds.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be thus Sunday the 22nd when they will host the Naval Academy Preparatory School for a game at 1:00pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick, RI.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 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.