Women's Basketball Sweeps Season Series With Castleton

Ornela Livramento
Ornela Livramento

Castleton, Vt.—Junior forward Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, RI) had 12 points and seven rebounds as the Rhode Island College women's basketball team defeated Castleton, 50-46, in Little East action played at Glenbrook Gym on Wednesday night.

THE BASICS
Rhode Island College 50, Castleton 46
Rhode Island College (13-7, 6-6 LEC)
Castleton (13-8, 5-7 LEC)

HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC junior guard Jordyn Gauvin (Fall River, MA) equaled Livramento's offensive output with 12 points. Freshman forward Analessia Fernandes (Taunton, MA) came off the bench to contribute seven points and seven rebounds.

Alexis Quenneville once again led all players in scoring on the evening, posting 15 points for the Spartans. Brooke Raiche added 13 points and seven rebounds to go along with three assists, while Katlyn Toomey pulled in a game-high 12 boards for Castleton. Abbie Lesure collected seven points, five assists and four rebounds.

• The Anchorwomen jumped out to an early lead in the contest, storming ahead 9-2 near the midway point of the opening frame. Castleton answered with a 9-0 run that spanned just more than two minutes, to take its first lead of the game on a three-pointer from Lesure. Rhode Island College tallied the final four points of the frame, carrying a 13-11 lead into the second quarter.

• Both offenses hit a wall in the second stanza, scoring just eight points apiece. Castleton leveled the game at 13-13 on the opening possession, before RIC extended the lead to 17-13 after a quick run.

• Quenneville buried a three to make it a one-point game, but again the Anchorwomen extended the lead, making it 21-16. After a free throw by Raiche with 7:17 to play in the quarter, neither side found the bottom of the basket for more than six minutes of gameplay.

• The game went back and forth throughout the third quarter, with the teams trading the lead throughout. Castleton carried a one-point lead to the final quarter, 35-34, after a pair of late free throws.

• The tightly-contested affair continued throughout the final frame, as Quenneville buried a three to give the Spartans a 41-40 lead with 3:33 to play. RIC regained the lead on a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession, before extending its lead to four points on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Brooke Young (West Warwick, RI).

• A layup by Raiche and a free throw by Quenneville pulled Castleton within one with 51 seconds to play. Gauvin hit a short jumper in the paint on the other end of the floor, but Raiche knocked down a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to just one point once again, 47-46.

• Gauvin was just as steady on the other end of the floor, knocking down a pair of free throws to make it a three-point game with 23 seconds to play. After a Castleton turnover with time winding down, Livramento capped the game with a free throw to give the contest its final score, 50-46.

BY THE NUMBERS
• Rhode Island College shot 33 percent (17-for-51) from the field, 18 percent (3-for-17) from three-point range and 72 percent (13-for-18) from the free throw line.

• Castleton shot 31 percent (15-for-48) from the field, 20 percent (4-for-20) from downtown and 71 percent (12-for-17) from the charity stripe.

• RIC led in rebounding, 40-33

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Pine Manor on Monday, Feb. 4 (7 p.m.).