Assistant Sports Editor
This past week Anchorwomen basketball was one for the ages. Starting on Tuesday with the first round of the playoffs, the team blew out their opponent Western Connecticut State. Many fans expected this outcome. However, it came down to Thursday with the semifinals, the University of Southern Maine game was close. This was only until the third quarter where Junior Jeniyah Jones knocked down five consecutive free throws and recorded 3 steals right out of the gate to start the half.
Having these two wins under the Anchorwomen’s belt, they were set to face up against the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs Saturday for the Little East Conference Championship. UMass had just upset the number two seed Eastern Connecticut State University on Thursday as well. The team was ready to seek their revenge on the Anchorwomen as UMass were defeated twice by them throughout the season.
With the COVID-19 restrictions upheld for the evening, the Murray Center was loud and packed, ready for some playoff basketball.
The first half was tightly contested. Both teams strived for that ring with only two lead changes throughout the whole half. It was tied 28-28 going into the second half. The third quarter only had one lead change, similar to the first half. The Corsairs needed a quick bucket as the game clock raced to a conclusion going into the last quarter. Senior Jordan Moretti blew by the double team thrown to her in the frontcourt and scooped in her layup as the buzzer closed the third quarter, 40-39 the Anchorwomen still led.
The crowd was up on their feet thinking it was going to come down to the wire, but not if Junior Guard Antonia Corsinetti had anything to say about it. She hit three of her seven three-pointers made in the fourth quarter of the match. Her seven three’s was the second-most made in a game in RIC Women’s Basketball history. Corsinetti pushed the lead late in the fourth to ten while Junior Forward Izzy Booth had the last five points of the game finishing with 18 points, a career-high.
Not only was Corsinetti able to streak away from the contested lead changes, but she also scored a career-high 27 points and was awarded the Most Valuable Player of the Little East Conference Tournament. Throughout the tournament, she averaged 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
What a way to cap off the season for the Anchorwomen. Coach Jenna Cosgrove was named Little East Coach of the Year as she defended her title this past Saturday.
For box scores and more information about the Anchorwomen’s season, go to www.goanchormen.com.