PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior guard Sabrina LeMere (North Branford) scored seven straight Eastern Connecticut State University points in the final 2:20 as the Warriors handed Rhode Island College its first loss of the season, 60-52, Wednesday evening in the Little East Conference women's basketball opener at the Murray Center.
Rhode Island (6-1, 0-1 LEC) scored the first six points of the game and led by ten late in the first quarter but Eastern (3-2, 1-0 LEC) got 12 points from LeMere, ten points and ten rebounds from junior forward Mya Villard (Cromwell) and five points and seven rebounds from junior guard Julie Jordan (Sterling) in the second half to take control and down RIC for the fourth straight time.
The Warriors limited RIC to nine points in the second quarter – surviving eight turnovers in the quarter to take a one-point, 24-23 lead at halftime. Eastern took control with a 21-point third quarter to move out to an eight-point, 45-37 lead entering the final ten minutes.
With Eastern leading by four, 50-46, LeMere canned her only three-point field goal of the game from the right arc with 2:20 left, then followed by converting a left-side drive a minute later to make it 55-49. LeMere then completed a conventional three-point play on a right-side break to keep the Warriors ahead by seven, 58-51, with 48 seconds left.
Scoreless with only one rebounds in the first half, Villard totaled ten points and 11 rebounds as one of four double-digit scorers. Senior forward Kelsey Santagata (Stamford) led all players in the game with 15 points, LeMere adding a season-high 14 points (6-of-10 FG) and Jordan – back in the lineup after missing two games with injury – scored 11 points (4-of-5 FG) and grabbed nine rebounds to equal her season high in that category.
RIC junior forward Ornela Livramento – the team's leading scorer – managed only seven points and six rebounds as she was limited to 20 minutes due to foul trouble. The Anchorwomen missed 19 of 22 three-points.
Eastern hosts Massachusetts Boston in a conference game Saturday at 1 p.m. at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.