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The Aconfora Report: RIC Saturday

By Nick Aconfora/Sports Information Staff


 The women will kick off the doubleheader at 1p.m. at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. After their 18-point win on the road at Keene, the Warriors come in with some momentum. Although Shannon McCourt didn't have a good game vs. Keene, look for her to come out ready to play in this huge conference home game.

Eastern is at 4-4 in the conference and needs to finish the last few weeks of the season on a high if they want to make a run. Erin Brooks played very well against the owl as she scored eight points and was a presence rebounding the ball. On the other side, the Anchorwomen don't have any player that averages double digits in points as they all share the wealth. Vandell Andrade shoots 50 per cent  from the field and averages 9.6 points per game, which actually leads the team. Behind her, Courtney Burns averages 9.2 points per game. With no one at 6 feet, this will be an interesting game as there will be a lot more shots taken from the outside. I expect the freshman Jill Ritrosky to have a good game as she may be the best post player between both teams since McCourt has been stretching out her game this season. 

Key for RIC - Shut down two of the four main scorers for Eastern. If they can stop the two freshmen (Ritrosky and Brianna Leonard) or two sophomores (Kristina Forsman and McCourt) they should have no problem winning this game.

 Key for Eastern - Put pressure on one or two players to try and carry the load offensively for RIC. They don't have one pure scorer, so making them rely on one or two players will cause problems for the Anchorwomen.


The men will close out the doubleheader at 3pm

The Anchormen come in 15-2 and 7-1 in the conference. Both teams have had good seasons thus far as the RIC men are ranked 21st in the nation.

Since these teams played last, RIC has only lost one game which leads to their ranking of 21st in the country. This will be the biggest game thus far for both teams as it could decide who will be the No. 1 seed and host the conference tournament. When they played each other on December 8th, Eastern was without their shooter Brian Salzillo and Chris Robitaille only scored seven points. With Salzillo back and Robitaille getting better every game, RIC has its hands full. Although Eastern is at home, RIC comes into this one wanting revenge. After they lost to Eastern earlier this season, Coach Bob Walsh was extremely angry with his team and is sure to have them prepared physically and mentally for this game. Tyhrike Carter, who was a big part of last year's team, comes back to the Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium looking for revenge from this season's loss and last year's LEC championship loss. Carter averages just over ten points per game and will look to lead his team to their biggest win of the season.

Key for RIC - Shut down the perimeter game for Eastern.  Robitaille will probably have another one of his good games, but if RIC can shut down Salzillo and freshman Trachone Preston from three, they'll be in good shape.

Key for Eastern - Come out early with strong and aggressive defense. RIC had some trouble in the game early on shooting from the field, and a lot of credit was given to Eastern for its good defense. Look for them to do the same in this game.

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