Women's Basketball Falls in Home Opener to Rhode Island College

Lauren Hannmann

Worcester, MA --- Junior guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) led all players with 21 points to spark visiting Rhode Island College to an impressive 65-51 victory over WPI in a non-conference women's basketball contest played Sunday afternoon.  With the win, the Anchorwomen move to 4-1 on the season, while the Engineers, who were playing their home opener, slip to 2-2 overall. 

Coro keyed a 11-0 RIC run midway through the first half helping to turn a 15-12 deficit into a 23-15 advantage.   The junior potted eight points during the decisive spurt, including a pair of 3-pointers.  In all, Coro drained her first six attempts from the field on way to 16 first half points in helping the Anchorwomen take a 37-24 lead into the locker room at the break.  

Rachel Riley (Conventry, RI) also had a strong game for Rhode Island College, totaling 14 points and seven rebounds.  The Anchorwomen defense also played a huge role, parlaying 25 WPI turnovers into 22 points.  The visitors also played well in the paint, outscoring the Engineers 38-28, and in transition where they held a 20-10 edge in fast break points. 

Lauren Harrington (Exeter, RI) paced RIC on the glass with nine boards while Riley added seven and Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) grabbed six.  The guests had seven players with multiple assists on the day, including Nicole Girard (Foster, RI), Brittney Saccoccio (Glocester, RI), Coro and Harrington with three each.       

Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY) came off the bench to lead WPI in scoring with 11 points on the day.  Senior tri-captain Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) narrowly missed her 11th career double-double, notching nine points and hauling in a game-best 10 rebounds for the hosts.  The Engineers also received seven points each from Theresa Logan (Southboro, MA) and Siena Mamayek (Melrose, MA) and six from Kelly Morgan (Brookline, MA).  The WPI bench was a source of strength behind Hannmann, Mamayek and Morgan, helping the Crimson and Gray reserves outscore its RIC counterparts 30-11. 

WPI opens up NEWMAC play on Wednesday, traveling to Northampton to face Smith in a 7pm contest.  Rhode Island College is back in action on Tuesday, playing the middle game of a three-game road trip at in-state rival Johnson & Wales.  Tip off for the non-conference tilt is slated for 5:30pm.