Bridgewater, Mass.-Senior guard Jessa Rubera (Newton, MA) scored a team-best 19 points, which included five three pointers, to go along with three rebounds and two steals to lead the Rhode Island College women's basketball team to a 66-55 victory at Bridgewater State on Tuesday evening. The Anchorwomen are now 4-0 to start the 2017-18 campaign, the best start to a season since the 2009-10 squad that opened the year with a 6-0 mark.
Rhode Island College 66, Bridgewater State 55
(Rhode Island College 4-0)
(Bridgewater State 1-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC sophomore guard Jordyn Gauvin (Fall River, MA), the reigning Little East Conference Player of the Week, added 17 points, four rebounds and two steals in the victory.
• Sophomore forward Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, RI) recorded a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Anchorwomen.
• Freshman forward Destiny Fitzgerald (Medford, MA) paced Bridgewater State with a game-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds.
• Senior forward Chanelle Melton (Brockton, MA) added 11 points, a pair of rebounds and three assists in the loss for the Bears.
• Bridgewater State jumped out to 19-9 advantage after one period of play.
• An 11-2 run extended the BSU lead to 30-13 with 2:30 minutes left to play in the first half. The Bears would take a 34-20 advantage heading into the locker room at halftime.
• Back-to-back three-pointers by Rubera to open the second half jumpstarted a RIC rally as the Anchorwomen outscored the Bears, 26-12, in the third quarter. Consecutive trifectas from Rubera completed the comeback and knotted the score, 44-44, with 1:14 remaining in the period. Each team scored a basket in the final minute as the game was tied at 46-46 heading into the fourth.
• The early stages of the fourth quarter saw two ties and one lead change. A Gauvin jumper with 5:38 remaining put RIC up for to stay and Rubera followed that up with a layup to make it a four-point game, 54-50.
• Melton converted a traditional three-point play to pull the Bears to within one with 4:03 left on the scoreboard. The Bears had back-to-back chances to take the lead but turned the ball over on both possessions. Rubera then drained another three-pointer to put the visitors up 57-53 with 2:15 remaining. RIC would go 7-for-8 at the free throw line the rest of the way as the Anchorwomen pulled away for the victory.
• The Anchorwomen shot 63.0 percent (17-of-27) from the floor over the final 20 minutes, which included 5-for-8 from behind the three-point arc. RIC also forced 14 turnovers in the second half which led directly to 18 points.
HEAD COACH JENNA COGROVE ON THE GAME
• "I am so proud of tonight's comeback win. Our identify is defense and that was lacking in the first half. The girls recognized it and never stopped believing we could win. Our goal was to chip away at the score, limit their scoring and be within a small margin to steal the game at the end. The effort and focus in the second half was terrific."
BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 41.1 percent (23-of-56) from the field, 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from the three-point line and 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the free throw line.
• Bridgewater State shot 47.1 percent (24-of-46) from the field, 25.0 percent (2-of-8) from the three-point line and 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from the free throw line.
• RIC outrebounded Bridgewater State by a 38-6 margin and forced the Bears into 23 turnovers.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Roger Williams on Sunday, Nov. 26 (4 p.m.).