Kania leads Panthers in setback
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Courtney Burns scored a career-high 23 points on 10-for-14 shooting Saturday afternoon as Rhode Island College defeated Plymouth State University, 81-58, in Little East Conference women's basketball action on at The Murray Center.
The Anchorwomen are now 11-3 overall and 3-2 in LEC play, while the Panthers drop to 7-7 and 1-4.
Junior Stephanie Coro led all scorers with 25 points, 21 of which came in the first half on 7-for-10 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds. Burns led the squad with eight boards, a game-high five steals and three blocks. Junior Nicole Girard (Foster, RI) dished out a game-high six assists in addition to a six-point and five-rebound effort. Sophomore Ashley O'Dell (Lincoln, RI) contributed 11 points, six boards and four assists off the bench.
Senior Amanda Kania led three Panthers in double figures with 13 points. Junior guard Alicia Doucet, who came into the game leading the LEC in scoring at 18.5 points per game, was held scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting.
The Anchorwomen opened the game on fire from three-point land, connecting on five treys in the opening 4:21. Coro paced the long-range fireworks with three trifectas. The hosts quickly put the game out of reach, holding a double-digit advantage, 20-10, at the 14:00 mark. With the Panthers trailing by 15, 30-15, RIC rattled off a 21-4 run to close out the first stanza up by 32 points, 51-19. The Panthers were held to just one field goal over the final 12 minutes of the half. The second half was a formality as RIC cruised to its third conference win.
Both teams play LEC games again on Tuesday, RIC hosting Western Connecticut and Plymouth State entertaining Southern Maine.
(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information)
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