Warwick, R.I. – May 5, 2018: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA to compete in the District N/O Tournament. The No. 3 seed Lady Knights played the No. 2 Owls of Union County College on Sunday at 2pm, the game was originally scheduled for Saturday at 2 but union had travel issues which forced the game to be moved back until Sunday. CCRI lost to Union 84-49. With the loss the Lady Knights end their season 16-12 and Union County improves to 24-5 and advances to the NJCAA National Tournament in Harrison, Arkansas March 20th-24th.
The Lady Knights knew they had a tough task in the Owls of Union County who had lost five games all of them to ranked opponents. In addition, Union features the No. 6 scorer in the NJCAA DII Yamel Abreu who averages 23.8 points per game. CCRI go off to a bad start and trailed 20-8 after one quarter. Union increased their lead to 17 points by halftime with the score 42-25. In the second half Union ran away with the game as they outscored CCRI 28-14 to take a 70-39 lead and went on to win 84-49. With the victory Union county advances to the NJCAA National Tournament as will No 4 seed Harcum College who upended No. 1 seed Lackawanna College.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Tiondra Hands (Boynton, Beach, FL) who scored a team-high 21 points including three 3-pointers with three assists, two rebounds and a steal. Also helping CCRI was freshman Jada Littlejohn (Providence, RI) who scored seven points with six rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Nia Mims (Bethlehem, PA) also had seven points and three rebounds while Kat Raposo (Warwick, RI) added six points, two assist and two steals. Union's Yamel Abreu led all scorers with 29 points and Jessica Woods added 22 for the Owls.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 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.