Emmanuel 75, Rhode Island College 71 OT
Rhode Island College (8-3)
Providence, R.I. - The Emmanuel College women's basketball team erased a 17-point deficit to come from behind and pick up a 75-71 overtime win against host Rhode Island College on Monday evening in non-conference play at the Murray Center. The victory was win #815 for EC Head Coach Andy Yosinoff, tying him for the most wins in NCAA Division III Women's Basketball history.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• EC junior guard Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda (South Boston, MA) registered a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds. Junior guard Kayla Weaver (West Haven, CT) and sophomore guard Jamad Fiin (Boston, MA) each had 16 points.
• Junior forward Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, RI) compiled 17 points, seven rebounds, four steals, two assists and a pair of blocks as the Rhode Island College women's basketball team fell, 75-71, in overtime vs. Emmanuel at The Murray Center on Monday night.
• RIC sophomore guard Brooke Young (West Warwick, RI) posted 16 points and six rebounds and played 44 of the 45 minutes in the game. Freshman forward Willcia McBorrough (Providence, RI) narrowly missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.
• The Anchorwomen opened the game on an 11-2 run, keyed by four points from McBorrough.
• Rhode Island College led by as many as 16, 22-6, with 3:25 left in the first stanza and held a 23-8 advantage after 10 minutes.
• An Emmanuel jumper by Weaver pulled the Saints within eight, 25-17, with 4:38 left in the second quarter. After RIC trey by freshman guard Taylor Thompson (Greenville, SC) put the hosts up by 11, 33-21, with 2:03 left, Weaver answered with a layup in the final minute to send the Anchorwomen into halftime with a nine point, 32-23, advantage.
• RIC outrebounded the Saints, 26-19, over the first 20 minutes.
• The third quarter saw Emmanuel chip away at the RIC advantage. A Weaver jumper at 7:21 pulled EC within six, 36-30, but the Anchorwomen got layups by Young and freshman guard Jamayra Castro (Bellingham, MA) gave the hosts a nine point lead, 41-32, with 5:13 left.
• The Saints went on a 6-0 run, with all the points coming from Ramirez-Tejeda to pull within three, 43-40, with 2:48 left. A Young trey gave RIC a nine point, 49-40, lead as RIC went into the final stanza up by six, 49-43.
• The visitors tied the game, 53-53, on a three-pointer by Fiin to set the stage for a final four minutes of regulation. A layup by RIC put Livramento up by five, 61-56, with 2:03 left. A sophomore guard Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, MA) free throw gave RIC a two-point lead, but EC senior guard Madison McLaughlin (Westerly, RI) converted a layup with 11 seconds left to force overtime.
• With the game tied, 69-69, with 3:14 left in overtime, Emmanuel closed out the game on a 6-2 run, including four points from McLaughlin, to complete the comeback win.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Rhode Island College shot 38 percent (28-for-74) from the field, 22 percent (4-for-18) from three-point range and 65 percent (11-for-17) from the charity stripe.
• Emmanuel shot 43 percent (29-for-68) from the field, 39 percent (5-for-13) from downtown and 86 percent (12-for-14) from the free throw line.
• The Saints dominated the glass, 50-38, and forced the Anchorwomen into 25 turnovers.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
With the victory, Emmanuel College Head Coach Andy Yosinoff picks up his 815th win as a head coach in his 42nd season with the program. The win moves Yosinoff into a tie a top of the record books with former Scranton Head Coach Mike Strong (1980-14) for the most victories by a Head Coach in NCAA Division III Women's Basketball history.
Yosinoff has been the cornerstone of the Emmanuel Women's Basketball program, coaching at the helm since it became a varsity sport in 1978. In his 42 seasons, he's led the Saints to 18 NCAA tournament appearances including three trips to the Sweet 16, two visits to the Elite Eight and an appearance in the 2001 Final Four.
"Players win games, not coaches," said Yosinoff. "I'm very fortunate to have coached so many incredibly talented players over my career that believed in me and Emmanuel."
Last season, Yosinoff became just the 14th NCAA Women's Basketball coach to win 800 games, joining the ranks of Pat Summitt, Tara VanDerveer, Geno Auriemma, Sylvia Hatchell, Barbra Stevens, Vivian Stringer, Jody Conradt, Jim Foster, Robin Selvig, Andy Landers, Muffett McGraw, Curt Fredrickson and Michael Strong as the only NCAA Women's Basketball Coaches to surpass 800 wins. Now with all 815 of his coaching wins coming at Emmanuel College, Yosinoff is one of only nine coaches to win 800 or more games at the same institution.
Only Glenn Robinson has more wins than Yosinoff at the NCAA Division III level with 958 and counting with the Franklin & Marshall men's basketball program.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Johnson & Wales on Tuesday, Dec. 18 (5:30 p.m.). Yosinoff and the Saints will look to rewrite the D-III record books later this month when Emmanuel heads to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. over the winter break in search of win number 816 against Ramapo on Sunday, Dec. 30.