PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Caitlin Ryan (Chepachet, R.I.) scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots Saturday afternoon, leading Rhode Island College to an 89-71 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
Ryan was one of five Anchorwomen who scored in double figures as the visitors scored 56 second-half points to turn a six-point halftime deficit into a rout. RIC, which had dropped nine straight to Plymouth State prior to this season, sweeps the two-game season series and improves to 10-6 overall and 4-3 in conference play. PSU drops its second in a row and falls to 8-9 overall and 3-4 in the LEC.
Senior Liz Shields (Warwick, R.I.) added 14 points and nine boards for the visitors, and freshman Lisa Ranzoni (Lee, Mass.) contributed 13 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Brittany Rosen (Derry, N.H.) and sophomore Kristy Nix (East Setauket, N.Y.) also scored 10 points apiece for RIC.
The Panthers were led in scoring by junior Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.) and senior Erica Perry (Center Conway, N.H.), who finished with 13 points apiece. Junior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) and senior Mandi Allen (Blue Hill, Maine) also registered double-doubles, Allen recording 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and Devereaux contributing 10 points and 10 boards.
The Anchorwomen were without leading scorer Kari Geisler (Derry, N.H.), and PSU was without starting point guard Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.).
It was anyone’s game in the first half, as neither team led by more than five points until PSU took a 39-33 advantage into the locker room following Perry’s three successful free throws with no time on the clock. The Anchorwomen went on an 18-5 run early in the second half to open up a double-digit lead (58-48) with 11 minutes remaining, and never trailed by less than 10 points the rest of the way.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. PSU visits LEC-leading Southern Maine, winners of 13 straight and ranked fifth in the latest d3hoops.com national poll, and RIC returns home to host Western Connecticut.
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