Warwick, R.I. – December 7, 2016: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Bristol Community College (BCC) in Fall River, MA to play the Bayhawks for a Region XXI non-league game. The Lady Knights beat the Bayhawks 69-66. With the victory CCRI improves to 6-5 overall and 3-1 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights bolted out of the gates with an excellent first quarter outscoring the Bayhawks 24-12 in the first quarter with balanced scoring getting six points from Co-Captain Mackenzie Brayman (North Stonington, CT) and five points apiece from Dionna Jackson (Harriston, MS) and D’Asia Allen (Providence, RI). In the second quarter the teams played evenly with CCRI narrowly outscoring BCC 19-18 with Jackson and Allen leading the way again with Jackson scoring six points and Allen adding five points to give the Lady Knights a 43-30 lead going into halftime.
Once again in the third quarter both teams played evenly scoring 21 points apiece. In this quarter the Lady Knights got huge contributions from Ashley VanBemmelen (North Providence, RI) who scored 10 points including two 3-pointers and Tiondra Hands (Delray Beach, FL) scored all nine of her points in the third as well to keep the CCRI lead at 13 points going in to the final quarter. In the fourth quarter the Lady Knights did not play well at all scoring only five points while Bristol stormed back while outscoring CCRI 15-5 in the final 10 minutes. Fortunately for the Lady Knights they held on to win by the final count of 69-66.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Ashley VanBemmelen scoring a team-high 15 points with two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists followed by Dionna Jackson who scored 14 points with nine rebounds, three steals and an assist. Also playing well was D’Asia Allen who just missed a double-double scoring 10 points with nine rebounds, three assist and two steals and Tiondra Hands had nine points with a team-high seven assists and two steals. The CCRI Co-Captains also helped with Kelsey Hernandez (New Britain, CT) scoring eight points with four assist and four rebounds and Mackenzie Brayman adding seven points, six rebounds and two assists.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Thursday when they travel to Worcester, MA to play the Wyverns of Quinsigamond Community College at 5pm followed by the Knights who will play them at 7pm.
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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.