Rhode Island College tops Baruch
Anchorwomen win first NCAA tournament game in 27 years
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Seniors Stephanie Coro, Rachel Riley and Cynthia Gaudet helped lead Rhode Island College past Baruch 69-54 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
The Anchorwomen (25-3) advance to face Emmanuel (23-6) on Saturday in the second round. The Saints defeated Hartwick (22-6) 68-61 in the other first-round game played earlier on Friday. Baruch (19-10) sees its season come to an end in the loss.
RIC, the 2012 Little East Conference champions, won its first NCAA tournament game in 27 years.
Coro posted a game-high 19 points to go along with five rebounds, while Gaudet finished with 14 points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists. Riley notched a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards, while Donovan added seven points and five rebounds off the bench. Junior Courtney Burns tallied eight points and five rebounds in the win, while senior guard Nicole Girard had three points and a game-high five assists.
The first six minutes of the opening half saw Baruch leading by three points at 15-12 with 14:18 remaining. A jumper by freshman forward Katie Donovan put the Anchorwomen on top 16-15 at 12:12 and RIC outscored the visitors 25-9 for the rest of the stanza and posted a 41-24 halftime lead.
RIC shot 42 percent (16-for-38) from the field, 42 percent (5-for-12) from downtown and outrebounded the Bearcats 27-24 in the first half. Baruch shot 29 percent (10-for-35) from the field. RIC made six steals and forced eight turnovers.
Baruch failed to mount a serious challenge in the second half as the Anchorwomen never led by less than 10 points. The hosts built a game-high lead of 26 points midway through the second frame before the starters gave way to the reserve corps.
Senior forward Folashade Akinde registered 11 points and 13 rebounds, while freshman guard Francess Henry recorded 10 points and five boards. Junior guard Jessica Duleba chipped in with 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
The Anchorwomen shot 43 percent (27-for-63) from the field in the win, including 8-of-16 shooting (50 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc. Meanwhile, the Bearcats shot 29 percent (18-for-62) from the floor.