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Women’s basketball closes in on history following 19th win of the season Thursday

Women’s basketball closes in on history following 19th win of the season Thursday

The Community College of Rhode Island women’s basketball team is on the brink of a major milestone following last night’s rout at Bristol Community College.

With a 94-30 victory over the Bayhawks on Thursday, the No. 4-ranked Knights are one win away from reaching 20 victories in a season for the first time since 2012-13 with four games remaining on the schedule, the first of which is this Saturday at home at 1 pm against the University of Maine at Augusta.

Under the guidance of fifth-year head coach Doug Haynes, CCRI is 19-3 overall, 9-0 in Region XXI play, and 8-0 at home entering this weekend. The Knights have held steady at No. 4 in the NJCAA Division III rankings for six consecutive weeks and are ranked among the nation’s best in several categories, including: 7th in points per game (76.5), 2nd in field-goal percentage (47.7), 7th in rebound margin per game (15.0), 8th in assists per game (17.8), and 4th in three-point field goals made per game (7.6).

Sophomore center Maggie Schwab (North Kingstown, RI) is averaging a double-double in 2022-23 with 15.6 points per game and 10.0 rebounds. In her first 20 games, she reached double figures in scoring 19 times and finished with 12 double-doubles. She’s currently 2nd in the nation in field-goal percentage (59.0) and 11th in total rebounds (211).

Sophomore guard Michelle Moreno (Providence, RI) is tied for 10th in the NJCAA at 54.3 percent from the field and sophomore guard Chloe Rayko (Coventry, RI) is 4th in three-point field-goal percentage, connecting on 41.8 of her attempts from long range.

The Knights are in search of their second consecutive regional championship and second consecutive berth in the NJCAA D-III National Tournament, where they entered last season as the No. 10 seed and defeated Rock Valley College in the consolation round. This year’s team has already eclipsed the 2021-22 team’s win total (17) and could become just the seventh team in school history to reach 20 victories in a season with one more win in their remaining four games. Haynes has led a remarkable turnaround in just five seasons; the Knights won just six games in his second season at the helm in 2019-20 and had to start from scratch last year with 13 freshmen and only one sophomore after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancelation of the 2020-21 season.

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