Asst. Sports Editor
This past Saturday, February 27, the Anchorwomen were on the road to go up against the third place Keene State Knights in Keene, New Hampshire. Rhode Island College (RIC) heading into the game was 6-0 looking to remain flawless. With this being the final game of the regular season, a win would result in a perfect record. RIC already secured the one-seed for the playoffs which means a loss would have no effect on their postseason outcome.
In the first half senior guard Sophia Guerrier took over on the offensive end for the Anchorwomen as usual. She shot 4-9 from the field, with her four makes being three pointers. Guerrier would hit her only two free throws of the first half ending with 14 points by halftime. Senior guard Brooke Young assisted her teammate on the offensive end scoring 7 points shooting 3-4 and made a free throw along the way. The rest of the team remained quiet offensively. The first half leading scorer for Keene State, guard Lily Shlimon, racked up five points. The offensive duo of Guerrier and Young alone outscored the entire Keene State team by two points. Going into the second half, the score was 42-19 with the Anchorwomen having a commanding lead.
In the second half, tides began to turn as Keene State started to pull back. Junior guard Jenny Freedman only shot 2-4 but had nine opportunities at the free throw line. She made 6-9 free throws scoring 10 points for the Knights. Sophomore guard Hailey Derosia shot 4-5 giving her a total of eight points in the half. However, Sophia Guerrier scored 9 points as a result of a three and a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe. Keene State’s offensive run was no match for the sure dominance of Sophia Guerrier. The Anchorwomen would take the victory and finish with a flawless 7-0 record to end the regular season. The final score was 63-53.
This is the first perfect regular season record for the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team ever. The 6-0 start before the game was also the best start in team history. The Anchorwomen are the first seed in the LEC Playoffs and securing home court advantage. RIC will host Plymouth State this Wednesday, March 3 in the Murray Center at 6:30 p.m. Per the LEC and COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no fans in attendance.