Boston, Mass.—Junior forward Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, RI) scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds at No. 5-seeded Rhode Island College knocked off No. 4-seeded UMass Boston, 66-44, in opening round action of the 2019 Little East Women's Basketball Championship on Tuesday evening.
Rhode Island College 66, UMass Boston 44
Rhode Island College (18-8)
UMass Boston (17-9)
• The Anchorwomen will advance to face top seed and tournament host UMass Dartmouth in semifinal action of the 2019 Little East Women's Basketball Championship on Friday, Feb. 22 (5 p.m.).
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Livramento shot 8-of-15 from the field to go along with four steals and two assists.
• Sophomore guard Brooke Young (West Warwick, RI) had 18 points, which included a 4-for-7 performance from beyond the three-point arc. She also had four rebounds. Classmate backcourt mate Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, MA) finished with 11 points, five steals and two rebounds.
• Junior guard Jordyn Gauvin (Fall River, MA) finished with eight points, six rebounds and six assists.
• UMass Boston guard Jalani Jackson led the way for the hosts with 10 points.
• With the Anchorwomen leading, 9-6, with just over two minutes left in the first quarter, a Livramento layup and a Young trey keyed a 5-2 run to send the visitors into the first intermission up by six, 14-8.
• Livramento converted a layup opportunity with 4:29 remaining in the first half to stake RIC to a 25-14 advantage. A pair of Guerrier free throws helped RIC build a 27-19 lead at the half.
• The Beacons closed with six points, 29-23, one minute into the third quarter, but the Anchorwomen answered with an 8-2 run, capped by a Young longball, to hold a 37-25 lead with 4:40 left in the stanza.
• The hosts once again closed within six points, 37-31, on a Jackson trey, with 3:21 left, but RIC erupted for an 8-2 run to increase their advantage back up to 12, 45-33, heading into the final 10 minutes.
• The Beacons would not get closer than 10 points over the remainder of the contest as RIC continued its solid free shooting on the night to close out the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Rhode Island College shot 40 percent (18-for-45) from the field, 31 percent (4-for-13) from three-point range and 77 percent (26-for-34) from the free throw line.
• UMass Boston shot 30 percent (16-for-53) from the field, 39 percent (5-for-13) from downtown and 58 percent (7-for-12) from the charity stripe.
• RIC outrebounded UMB, 37-27, and forced the Beacons into 20 turnovers.