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PSU Women’s Hoop falls to defending champs RIC

Perry tops Panthers with season-high 16 points

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior guard Stephanie Prusko (Lincoln, RI) matched her career-high of 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting Saturday afternoon as the Rhode Island College women's basketball team knocked off Plymouth State University, 69-43, at The Murray Center in the Little East Conference opener for both squads.

            The upset-minded Panthers led the defending LEC champions by one point with six minutes to go in the first half, but RIC (4-2) closed the first half with a 19-6 run and then pulled away from PSU (1-5) in the second half.

            As the two teams traded baskets and exchanged leads for much of the first frame, the Panthers went ahead by one, 19-18, with 6:27 on the clock after sophomore guard Kristen Hrubowchak (Litchfield, NH) buried a pair of free throws. However, the Anchorwomen answered back with a furious run to close out the first half with a 37-26 lead. RIC carried the momentum into the second half, outscoring the Panthers, 32-17, through the final 20 minutes to seal the victory.

            Senior Courtney Burns (Rockland, Mass.) corralled a game-high eight rebounds to go along with six points for the Anchorwomen, who outrebounded Plymouth State, 49-27. Freshman Vandell Andrade (Providence, R.I.) added 12 points and seven rebounds, while junior Cara Paladino (Arlington, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds to pace RIC on the boards.

            Plymouth State was led by freshman guard Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.), who finished with a game-and season-high 16 points to go along with a pair of steals and two rebounds. Freshman Bry Bennett (Lancaster, N.H.) recorded 10 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.) contributed five points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists.

            Both the Rhode Island College men's and women's basketball teams were playing for Prostate Cancer Awareness on Saturday at The Murray Center. A number of different activities took place throughout the games to promote awareness and raise funds to support prostate cancer research locally and in New Hampshire. Similar activities will take place when the Anchormen and Anchorwomen visit the Panthers later in the season.

            In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Salve Regina on Tuesday while PSU returns home to host the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth next Saturday in an LEC affair. 

(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information) 

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