Women's Basketball Advances to Little East Championship Semifinals with, 66-44, Win Over Beacons

2018-19 Women's Basketball Team Photo

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.).

• 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.

• 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.