Warwick, R.I. – November 3, 2016: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, RI to open the 2016-17 season. The Lady Knights defeated the midshipmen candidates 70-29.With the victory the Lady Knights begin the season 1-0.
The Lady Knights controlled the game from the opening tip. Freshman Kelsey Hernandez (New Britain, CT) began the scoring with a 3-pointer, one of four made three’s on the day, to give CCRI the 3-0 advantage. They would score 10 more unanswered points to jump out to a 13-0 lead before NAPS made a free throw to make it 13-1. NAPS would score five straight points to end the quarter with the score 13-6 CCRI. The Lady Knights continued to dominate play through the second quarter as they extended their lead to 20 points on a basket by freshman Fantasia Semedo (Seekonk, MA) making the score 35-15 CCRI. NAPS would score the final basket of the half to go into the break 35-17 CCRI.
In the second half CCRI maintained the hot shooting touch from long range as Tiondra Hands (Delray Beach, FL) sank a 3-pointer to give the Lady Knights a 43-19 lead. CCRI would extend the lead over 30 points as the third quarter expired with the score 58-26. In the fourth quarter the Lady Knights played some of their reserves and still maintained a dominant advantage as they went on to win by the final score of 70-29.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Fantasia Semedo with 16 points, including two 3-pointers with six rebounds, two assist and five steals followed by Kelsey Hernandez with 14 points with a game-high four 3-pointers with four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Also having an excellent game was Tiondra Hands with 11 points, including three 3-pointers, a game-high nine assists, five steals and two rebounds, D’Asia Allen (Providence, RI) added eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals while Dionna Jackson (Harriston, MS) and Angela Velleco (Coventry, RI) added six points apiece.
Head Coach Brittany Brown commented after the victory: "I'm happy the way my team played today. We have a long way to go but we have great potential."
The next game for the Lady Knights will be this Saturday the November 5th when they travel to Auburn, ME to play the Mustangs of Central Maine Community College with a 1:00pm tip-off.
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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.