Providence, R.I.-Sophomore forward Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, RI) scored 20 points on 10-of-19 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds and three assists as Rhode Island College fell, 56-49, to Southern Maine in Little East Conference women's basketball action played at The Murray Center on Saturday afternoon.
Southern Maine 56, Rhode Island College 49
Southern Maine (13-10, 9-3 LEC)
Rhode Island College (7-14, 1-10 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Livramento also had two blocks and a steal in the game. Senior guard Amber DeCristofaro (Smithfield, RI) registered six points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior guard Jessa Rubera (Newton, MA) posted six points and four assists.
•USM junior guard Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, VT) and senior backcourt mate Miranda Nicely (Farmington, ME) each scored 16 points for the visitors. Howrigan posted a team-best nine rebounds. Senior guard Emily Nicholson (Quispamsis, NB) dished out four assists and scored six points.
• After the game was deadlocked, 8-8, with 3:01 left to play in the first quarter, USM used a 6-1 run to close out the frame and hold a 14-9 advantage after 10 minutes.
• RIC used its defensive pressure to hold USM scoreless over the first 4:37 of the second quarter as a Rubera layup pulled RIC within one, 14-13. The Huskies went on a 10-2 run to build a 24-15 lead on a layup from sophomore forward Chantel Eelss (Turner, ME) with 2:57 left. Those would be the last points for either team for the remainder of the first half.
• A three-pointer by junior guard Margaret McCaffrey (East Greenwich, RI) pulled RIC within three, 26-22, with 7:39 left in the third, but the Huskies embarked on a 10-0 run to go up by 14, 36-22, at the 4:12 mark. A layup by DeCristofaro pulled the hosts within 10, 40-30, after three.
• In the fourth quarter, a McCaffrey three-pointer pulled RIC within four, 49-45, with 2:41 left in the game. Four free throws by Howrigan and a pair by Nicely down the stretch helped fend off the Anchorwomen and secure the win for the Huskies.
BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 31 percent (22-for-71) from the field, 21 percent (4-for-19) from three-point range and 33 percent (1-for-3) from the free throw line.
• USM shot 28 percent (21-for-55) from the field, 27 percent (4-for-15) from downtown and 67 percent (10-for-15) from the charity stripe.
• Southern Maine held a slight advantage, 44-43, in rebounding, but turned the ball over three more times, 19-16, then the hosts.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East action at Western Connecticut on Monday, Feb. 12 (5:30 p.m.).