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March 4, 2003

 

Rhode Island College
2003-04 Women’s Basketball Season Summary

16-11 Overall; 7-7 (third place) in the Little East Conference

Providence, RI--Head Coach Spencer Manning’s team was 16-11 overall and 7-7 (third place) in the Little East Conference. RIC was eliminated in the semi-final round of the 2004 LEC Tournament as they were defeated, 70-45, by Eastern Connecticut. The Anchorwomen completed the fourth-greatest turnaround in Div. III women’s basketball history as they improved 12.5 games from last season. The third-place finish in the LEC was the highest such finish for RIC since 1997-98. For Manning’s efforts this season, he was named the 2003-04 Little East Women’s Basketball Co-Coach of the Year. He shared the honor with University of Southern Maine head coach Gary Fifield.

 

The Anchorwomen’s third place LEC finish earned the right to host a first-round conference game, which had not occurred since the 1998-99 season. Also, the team's 16 overall wins and seven conference victories were the most since the 1998-99 squad won 17 overall games and eight conference contests. Finally, the 16 wins this season are one more than the amount of wins that RIC has compiled in the past three years combined.

 

Senior guard Abby Ferri (Coventry, RI) concludes her career at RIC having played 101 career games, which ranks tied for seventh, starting 60 of them, over the past four years. The co-captain totaled 553 career points, 316 rebounds, 162 assists and 171 steals.

 

As a senior in 2003-04, she played in 26 games, starting all of them. She averaged 5.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals and a team-high 2.1 assists per game. Ferri registered season-highs of 17 points vs. Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 31, seven rebounds twice, seven assists vs. Roger Williams on Dec. 4 and posted a career-high eight steals vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 17, which ties the school record for the most in one game.

 

As a junior in 2002-03, Ferri played in 26 games, starting all of them. She averaged 9.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game. She recorded a career-high 20 points vs. UMass-Boston on Feb. 1, grabbed six rebounds on several occasions, six assists and six steals vs. Mount St. Vincent on Nov. 24.

 

As a sophomore in 2001-02, she played in 25 games, starting one of them. She averaged 3.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game on the season. Ferri pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds vs. Johnson & Wales. She scored nine points and notched six rebounds vs. Eastern Connecticut.

 

As a freshman in 2000-01, she played in 24 games, starting seven of them. She averaged 4.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game. She scored a season-high 16 points vs. UMass-Dartmouth. She had eight rebounds vs. UMass-Boston and snared five steals vs. Southern Maine.

 

She is a physical education major and a 2000 graduate of Coventry High School.

 

Senior forward Liz Shields (Warwick, RI) concludes her career at RIC as just the tenth player in Anchorwomen basketball history to score 1,000 or more career points. The co-captain played 100 career games, which ranks ninth, starting all of them. She had 1,032 career points, which ranks ninth all-time, 542 rebounds, which ranks eighth all-time, 178 assists, 213 steals and 72 blocks.

 

As a senior in 2003-04, she played in 27 games, starting all of them. She averaged 7.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and a team-leading 2.1 steals per game. Shields registered season-highs of 20 points vs. Maine Maritime on Nov. 21, nine rebounds three times, three assists on several occasions, five steals twice and four blocks vs. Plymouth State on Dec. 11.

 

As a junior in 2002-03, she played in 24 games, starting all of them. She averaged 11.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game. She registered season-highs of 24 points vs. Newbury, ten rebounds vs. UMass-Boston, dished out a career-high eight assists vs. Keene State and made eight steals vs. Plymouth State, which tied the school record for the most in one game.

 

As a sophomore in 2001-02, she played in 25 games, starting all of them. She averaged 8.9 points, a team-high 5.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, a team-high 0.8 blocks and 1.6 steals per game on the season. Shields recorded team-highs of 16 points and nine rebounds vs. UMass-Dartmouth. She tallied 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the home season finale vs. UMass-Dartmouth.

 

As a freshman in 2000-01, she played in 24 games, starting all of them. She averaged 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. She led the team in rebounding and was tied for the team lead in scoring. Shields scored a career-high 31 points vs. SJC-Patchogue. She grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds vs. Pine Manor. Shields dished out a season-high seven assists vs. Keene State. She made six three-pointers in a game twice on the season, vs. Plymouth State and UMass-Boston. That is the second-highest total for treys in a game in RIC women’s hoop history.

 

She is an elementary education major with a concentration in math and a 2000 graduate of Pilgrim High School.

 

Senior guard Rachel Pecoraro (Smithfield, RI) joined the team for the first time this winter.  She played in 20 games, starting two of them. She had 25 points, 15 rebounds, 22 assists and three steals. This season, she averaged 1.3 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Pecoraro, primarily a women's lacrosse player at RIC, returns to the field this spring to close out her collegiate career.

 

She is a management major with a minor in accounting and a 1999 graduate of Smithfield High School.

 

Junior forward Heather Pettigrew (Cranston, RI) played in 27 games, starting 12 of them. She was second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 9.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while also contributing 1.4 assists and 1.9 steals per contest, which was good for second on the team. Pettigrew registered season-highs of 18 points vs. Keene State on Feb. 21, 13 rebounds vs. Keene State on Jan. 17, four assists twice, seven steals vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 17 and three blocks vs. Keene State on Jan. 17.

 

Junior guard Alyson St. Amand (West Warwick, RI) played in 23 games. She averaged 1.5 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. St. Amand registered season-highs of nine points twice, four rebounds vs. Pine Manor on Jan. 15, two assists twice and four steals vs. Wesleyan on Jan. 8.

 

Sophomore forward Liz Barrette (North Providence, RI) played in 18 games. She averaged 2.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Barrette registered season-highs of eight points vs. Plymouth State on Jan. 24, seven rebounds vs. Thomas College on Jan. 3, three assists vs. Western Connecticut on Jan. 27 and one steal twice.

 

Sophomore guard Kristy Nix (East Setauket, NY) played in 25 games, starting 14 of them. She averaged 5.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Nix registered season-highs of 18 points vs. Newbury on Jan. 29, eight rebounds vs. UMass-Boston on Jan. 10, three assists vs. UMass-Boston on Feb. 7, six steals vs. Newbury on Jan. 29 and one block on several occasions.

 

Freshman guard Jan Garvin (Johnston, RI) played in 11 games. She averaged 0.8 points and 0.5 rebounds per game. Garvin registered season-highs of three points vs. Wesleyan on Jan. 8, two rebounds vs. UMass-Boston on Feb. 7, one assist twice and one steal twice.

 

Freshman forward Kari Geisler (Derry, NH) was named the Little East Conference's Rookie of the Year and was also a Second Team All-Conference selection. Geisler played in 22 games, starting 14 of them. She led the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. She also averaged 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks per contest. Geisler registered season-highs of 29 points vs. Plymouth State on Dec. 11, 18 rebounds vs. UMass-Dartmouth on Feb. 11, one assist on several occasions, five steals vs. Connecticut College on Nov. 25 and two blocks on several occasions.

 

Freshman guard Tara Marchant (North Scituate, RI) played in ten games. She averaged 1.6 points and 0.5 rebounds per game. Marchant registered season-highs of seven points vs. Pine Manor on Jan. 15, two rebounds vs. Wesleyan on Jan. 8 and one steal three times.

 

Freshman guard Lisa Ranzoni (Lee, MA) played in 27 games. She was third on the team in scoring, averaging 8.9 points per game, while also contributing 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.6 assists per game. Ranzoni registered season-highs of 20 points vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 17, nine rebounds vs. Plymouth State on Jan. 24, four assists on several occasions, three steals on several occasions and one block vs. Wesleyan on Jan. 8.

 

Freshman forward Brittany Rosen (Derry, NH) played in 27 games, starting 26 of them. She averaged 6.9 points, was third on the team in rebounding at 6.6 per game and also contributed 1.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Rosen registered season-highs of 14 points vs. UMass-Dartmouth on Feb. 11, 15 rebounds vs. UMass-Boston on Jan. 10, three assists on three occasions, four steals on several occasions and three blocks vs. Johnson & Wales on Dec. 9.

 

Freshman forward Caitlin Ryan (Chepachet, RI) played in 19 games, starting seven of them. She averaged 7.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.2 assists and a team-high 1.3 blocks per game. Ryan registered season-highs of 22 points vs. Plymouth State on Jan. 24, ten rebounds vs. Keene State on Feb. 21, six assists vs. Thomas College on Jan. 3, four steals twice and five blocks vs. Plymouth State on Jan. 24, which is tied for third in school history for blocks in a game.

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