The defending champs in RIC’s Anchorwomen's Basketball team were looking to start off their season hot against their first matchup of the week on Wednesday, Nov. 10 against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
They started off solid in the first half having the game tied at 22. However, their defense started to fall apart at the start of the second. They finished with 26 turnovers in the game and let MIT’s Christina Antonakaki score 19 of her 28 points in the second half. Antonakaki had the hot hand all night and led the MIT Engineers to their first win of the season over the Anchorwomen 61-47.
The Anchorwomen were led by Maci Dorantes and Izabella Booth who both scored 8 points each.
This did not slow them down in the slightest. As Coach Cosgrove noted before the start of the season, these girls do not take their foot off the gas pedal. With a determined Anchorwomen team and a loss to start the season, the ladies would travel to Beverly, Mass. to face up against Endicott College to seek their first win this past Saturday, Nov. 12.
Willcia McBorrough was unconscious from the field in the first half shooting 4-4, a perfect 100%, with 10 points. The Anchorwomen shot a collective 50% beyond the arc to start the half as well with Antonia Corsinetti, Abby Phelan and Izabelle Booth showing off their range with one three-point field goal each.
Starting off the second half 31-24 wasn’t a big enough lead for Anchorwomen’s Angelina Nardolillo. She scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and shot an incredible 6-8 from the field, making up for her 1-5 field goal attempts in the first. The two leading scorers for the Anchorwomen were Nardolillo, with 18 points, and McBorrough with 12. They maintained their large margin lead by tailing in four steals on the defensive end and 22 rebounds collectively.
Endicott was led by Tara Laugeni who scored 15 points and three assists.
Now with a solid record of 1-1, the Anchorwomen look to win their third game of the season Monday, Nov. 15 against Amherst College in Amherst, Mass.
The ladies will continue to maintain their fast-style offense and look to commit fewer turnovers in order to secure the win over Amherst.
For more information on the Anchorwomen's performances this past week, go to www.goanchormen.com for box scores and live recaps.