Warwick, R.I. – February 7, 2017: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Roxbury Crossing, MA to play the No. 1 ranked (NJCAA DIII poll) Tigers of Roxbury Community college for a Region XXI interleague game on Monday evening. The Lady Knights lost to Roxbury 98-60. With the loss CCRI falls to 11-14 on the season and 6-2 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights knew they would be in for a tough game versus the defending Division III National Champions who came into the contest with a 16-2 record. CCRI kept the game close as the first quarter began as Tri-Captain Carol Rodriguez (Pawtucket, RI) made a basket to make the score 10-8 Roxbury. The Tigers would close the quarter with an 11-5 run to go into the break leading 21-13. Roxbury was able extend their lead by another nine point before halftime making the score 40-23. Roxbury put the game out of reach in the third quarter and went on to win by the final count of 98-60.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Tiondra Hands (Delray Beach, FL) with 12 points including two 3-pointers with five assists, three rebounds and two steals. Tiondra is ranked No. 2 by the NJCAA with 130 total assists on the season. Hands was helped by Tri-Captain Carol Rodriguez who scored 12 points with six steals and four rebounds. Also helping CCRI was Tri-Captain Kelsey Hernandez (New Britain, CT) scoring 11 points with eight rebounds, a team-high seven assists and a steal, D’Asia Allen (Providence, RI) added 11 points including two 3-pointers and Mercedes Faust (Warwick, RI) added eight points.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Wednesday when they travel top Brockton, MA to play the Warriors of Massasoit Community College for another Region XXI interdivision game beginning at 5:00pm.
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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.