(Newton, Mass.) The Rivier University Women's Basketball team opened their second semester portion of the schedule this afternoon with a 75-70 setback at Mount Ida College in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference contest. The Raiders, who welcomed the return of junior Kaylee Kacavas (Dracut, Mass.), is now 0-7 on the season, 0-3 in the GNAC while the Mustangs improved to 8-3 overall, 1-1 GNAC.
Kaylee Kacavas notched one of three double-double performances on the day for Rivier with 22 points, 13 rebounds and three assists, as junior Megan Hamel (Colebrook, N.H.) added 16 points and 13 boards in the loss for the visitors. Senior Emilee Kacavas (Dracut, Mass.) collected 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Raiders, who received 10 points and eight rebounds from sophomore Alexis Ivory (Nashua, N.H.). Junior Lizzy Meehan (Nashua, N.H.) chipped in with nine points, five boards and three assists off the bench for Rivier, which shot 34 percent (26-76) from the floor and held a 60-45 rebounding advantage on the day, as the visitors converted 23 offensive boards into 20 second chance points.
Senior Jaime Moscato (Taunton, Mass.) scored a career-high 30 points to lead Mount Ida with classmate Breanna Muir (Wareham, Mass.) nearly notching a triple-double with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the victory. Senior Patricia Liotta (Hampton Bays, N.Y.) rounded out a trio of Mustangs in double figures with 11 points and four boards, while senior Imani Bumpus (Dedham, Mass.) added six points and six caroms for the hosts. Sophomore Jessica Cyr (Ashford, Conn.) and freshman Melody Millett (Naples, Maine) combined for 10 points for the Mustangs, who received six rebounds each from sophomores Alisa Benson (Middletown, R.I.) and Taylor Churchill (Fort Fairfield, Maine). Mount Ida shot 35 percent (24-68) from the field overall and held a 23-14 scoring advantage at the foul line for the contest, as the Mustangs converted 19 Raider turnovers into 12 points.
Both teams will take on Albertus Magnus in their next respective Great Northeast Athletic Conference outings, as Mount Ida travels to New Haven, Conn. to square off with the Falcons on Tuesday afternoon beginning at 5:00 p.m. Rivier hosts Albertus Magnus on Thursday afternoon in Nashua, in a match that also tips off at 5:00 p.m.