FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 3, 2009

 

CORO & RILEY EARNS LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE AWARDS

Providence, RI-Rhode Island College freshman guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) was named the 2009 Little East Conference Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-LEC, and along with classmate Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI), was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team.

 

 

 Freshman Guard Stephanie Coro

 

Coro was named the Little East’s Rookie of the Week three times this season. She played in 26 games, starting 18 of them. Coro averaged 14.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game. She scored a career-high 23 points vs. Brandeis on Jan. 6 and tied the program record with eight steals vs. Western Connecticut on Jan. 27. She led the team in scoring and steals (51).

 

“Freshman or not, we've asked so much of Steph over the course of our season and she continually answered the call by growing as a player in so many more ways than just scoring,” Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. “We congratulate Steph on being recognized, not only for a great individual season, but also for the beginning of a tremendous career at Rhode Island College. Knowing her work ethic as I do, we look forward to her continued growth as a player and a leader over the next three years.”

 

 

 Freshman Forward Rachel Riley

 

Riley was named the Little East’s Rookie of the Week once on the season. She played in 26 games, starting 18 of them.  Riley averaged 6.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. She recorded three double-doubles. Riley scored a career-high 16 points vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 10, grabbed 16 rebounds vs. UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 20 and swiped four steals on four different occasions.

 

“Rachel epitomizes constant improvement,” Reilly said. “She developed into a top option within our offense and truly emerged as a go-to player that all of our opponents had to gameplan for down the stretch. “We congratulate Rachel on a well-deserved recognition, and knowing that she has only scratched the surface of her full potential, we look forward to her continued development and leadership as we build our program.”

 

RIC ended the season with a 10-16 overall record and a 5-9 (fifth place) mark in the Little East Conference.

 

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