Providence, R.I.-Sophomore forward Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, RI) tallied a game-high 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and swiped two steals to lead the Rhode Island College women's basketball team to a 42-39 victory over Keene State in a Little East Conference contest played at The Murray Center on Saturday afternoon.
Rhode Island College 42, Keene State College 39
(Rhode Island College 7-4, 1-2 LEC)
(Keene State College 2-11, 0-3 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC sophomore guard Jordyn Gauvin (Fall River, MA) added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the victory.
• Senior guard Amber DeCristofaro (Smithfield, RI) pulled down six boards to go with three assists and two blocks in the win for the Anchorwomen.
• Sophomore forward Kenzie Bennett (Lake George, NY) paced Keene State with 12 points and three rebounds.
• Freshman guard Lilly Shlimon (Pelham, NH) narrowly missed a double-double with 10 points and nine boards in the loss for the Owls.
• RIC held an 8-5 advantage in the first quarter after a layup by Livramento with 4:22 left on the clock. Keene State then closed out the quarter on a 5-2 run to tie the game 10-10 at the first intermission.
• The Anchorwomen controlled the action in the second quarter and took their first double-digit advantage when a three-pointer from Gauvin made the score 25-15 with :36 left in the first half. RIC took a 25-17 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
• Keene State chipped away at the lead and got within a single point when a three-pointer from Bennett made the score 27-26 with 4:55 left in the third quarter. RIC held the slight, 32-30, lead after three quarters of action.
• The visiting Owls led by one, 37-36, after a three-pointer from junior guard Emily McPadden (Tyngsborough, MA) with 6:13 left in the contest. RIC then closed out the game on a 6-2 run, which included a pair of baskets from Livramento down the stretch, to take the 42-39 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 34.7 percent (17-of-49) from the field, 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from the three-point line and 33.3 percent (3-of-9) from the free throw line.
• Keene State shot 30.4 percent (17-of-56) from the field, 16.0 percent (4-of-25) from the three-point line and 20.0 percent (1-of-5) from the free throw line.
• RIC outrebounded Keene State by a 42-34 margin and forced the Owls into 12 turnovers in the contest.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Amherst on Monday, Jan. 8 (5 p.m.).