Shooting woes doom Knights

A knights player shoots a two-pointer in the game
Knight’s Emma Ruggiero launches a  two-point shot | NECC Observer

Women’s basketball fell to the community college of Rhode Island 80-33 on Jan 23. The Knights drop to (7-6) this season. CCRI improves to (10-5). 

NECC’s struggled to make baskets. The Knights were 14-5 in field goal attempts and 1-17 from behind the ark. They shot (27.5) percent as a team.  

Mirelys Morales of Dracut, MA who was the only Knight who reached double figures with 23 points. She contributed on defense as well with a pair of steals and blocks. Mariah LaSalle of Lawerence, MA chipped in off the bench withfour points and three rebounds. 

A three-pointer by CCRI three point put them on the board first. NECC responded with a 4-0 run in what would turn out to be their only lead of the game, 4-3. CCRI answered back with a 14-2 run to lead 17-6 at the 2:41 mark. The Knights quickly whittled the deficit down to seven. The burst was capped off with a field goal by LaSalle with nine seconds remaining in the quarter.  

Unfortunately, The Knights couldn’t carry their momentum into the second quarter. They found themselves down by double digits again when CCRI sunk a shot from three-point land to expand their lead to 11two minutes into the quarter. 

The Knights entered the locker room down by 24, 39-15. 

The third quarter was all CCRI. The Knights trailed by as many as 45 points thanks to a 28-7 run by CCRI. In the final frame started the Knights kept pace with CCRI 13-11. However, they never threatened a comeback as NECC fell 80-33 

Each run the Knights made where basket Knights basket was responded to by CCRI. The defense which allowed CCRI to shoot (51.7) percent as a team. Couldn’t make up for the poor shooting performance.