Lawrence leads Panthers in setback; LEC playoffs begin Tuesday
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior guard Stephanie Prusko (Lincoln, R.I.) poured in a career-high 20 points, while sophomore forward Vandell Andrade (Providence, R.I.) added 13 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists and five steals, to lead Rhode Island College past Plymouth State University, 70-33, Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center in Little East Conference women's basketball team action.
With the win in Saturday's regular season finale, Rhode Island College (17-8, 11-3 LEC) clinches the second outright Little East regular season championship in the program's history and seals the No. 1 seed in the upcoming LEC Tournament. The Anchorwomen will host No. 8 Plymouth State (2-21, 1-13 LEC) in first round action this Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at The Murray Center.
Prusko drained four three-pointers on the afternoon, while senior Cara Paladino (Arlington, Mass.) racked up 17 points and five rebounds in the final regular season home game for the duo. Both Paladino and Prusko were honored prior to the game as part of Senior Day.
Sophomore Danielle LeBlanc (Warwick, R.I.) added 12 points and five assists for RIC, while Christian McDuffy (Brockton, Mass.) corralled 12 rebounds off the bench.
The Panthers were led by freshman guard DeAsia Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.), who finished with a team-high 13 points in the loss, while sophomore Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) posted six points and two assists. Junior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.) added five points and four rebounds.
PSU managed to jump out to an early 8-4 lead over the Anchorwomen following a jumper from Lewis, but watched as RIC responded with three straight buckets to make it 10-8 at the 15:01 mark. The Panthers briefly rallied to force a 12-12 tie after a basket from Lawrence, but the hosts surged ahead of the visitors with eight straight points to make it, 20-12, at the 11:06 mark.
Senior Krystin Corliss (Barnstead, N.H.) connected on a layup with 10:45 left to play in the first half to pull the Panthers within six, but the Anchorwomen eventually stormed ahead of PSU behind a 20-5 run to close out the frame, en route to the 21-point halftime lead. RIC went on to outscore the Panthers, 30-14, in the second half to account for the 37-point margin.
(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information)
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