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December 24, 2013

Merrier with Moore

Former Pentucket champion playing big role as freshman at Rhode Island College

One semester into her freshman year of college and Alex Moore of West Newbury feels she has a good handle on college basketball.

And that’s bad news for her opponents. And maybe more so for anyone planning on attending Rhode Island College to play point guard for the women’s basketball team the next three years.

Having been a two-guard and small forward at Pentucket Regional High, Moore is running the show for the Anchorwomen — the lead Anchorwoman it could be said, in a burgundy uniform. It is a natural role for her.

Moore has seen action in all nine games — a clip of 28.7 minutes per — and has started the last three. On Dec. 16, she was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week after a 59-53 win at Connecticut College (in which she compiled nine points, four rebounds, 4 for 7 field goal shooting) and a 69-67 overtime loss at Eastern Connecticut (12 points, six rebounds, three assists).

She was off the mark in a 76-53 victory over Salve Regina (0 for 10) last week, but she still grabbed five rebounds and dished five assists.

It was during that game that head coach Kara Williamson saw something in Moore that she doesn’t see often. In the middle of a RIC run, Moore brought the ball up the floor and gestured to her coach, unsolicited, she was going to keep running the same play: a screen for a post player.

The exchange was virtually unnoticed by everyone in the building, but it was a priceless player-coach moment.

“We were getting by their post players pretty easily,” Williamson recalled. “She recognized it was working. She picks up on things that I pick up on as a coach. We don’t have a lot of players who realize those things.

“Our team is very controlled with Alex at the point guard,” Williamson added. “She can score, but she does a good job at getting us set. It’s huge to have a freshman point guard who can do that. What she has is very hard to teach.”

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