2009-10 Women’s Basketball Team Readies for Tip-off
By: Adam Alexander

The 2009-10 Rhode Island College Women’s Basketball team is ready to bring the heat to The Murray Center this winter.

 

Last season left a bitter taste in everyone’s mouth. RIC finished with an overall record of 10-16 and were 5-9, sixth place, in the Little East Conference. Now with a mix of some old and new faces, they look to get hot right from the start and never look back.

 

With only six returning players from last year, Head Coach Marcus Reilly will turn to his returnees to play a key role as they take a step forward. “The six returning players really understand we need chemistry both on and off the floor,” Reilly said.

 

 

Head Coach Marcus Reilly

 

“We want to make progress day by day,” Reilly stated about that start of the season. “It is a completely new group as we move forward this year. We can’t lose all the lessons we learned last year and all the sacrifices we made.” Reilly is looking forward to the season, but does not want to look past today, a method he teaches his team. “The team is excited and ready to take the step forward.”

 

Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro is a key returnee to this year’s edition. As just a freshman last winter, she averaged 14.6 points per game. Coro was selected Second Team All-Little East, the league’s Rookie of the Year and to the All-Rookie Team. “This summer I played a lot of basketball with my team, and I also worked out at Northeastern Sport Training,” Coro said in reference to the offseason. “Most of the team went there too.”

 

 

Sophomore Guard Stephanie Coro

 

Not one of the coaches told the team to get together over the summer, but the returning players knew that they had to build their chemistry way before the first game. “The 2009-10 season started after the last game of the 2008-09 season,” senior captain Alice Mullen stated. The veterans, the freshmen and the transfer players are all coming in with one goal in mind, and that is to win.

 

Sophomore forward Rachel Riley, another member of the 2009 LEC All-Rookie Team proved she was a force in the paint during her rookie campaign, which saw her lead the team in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and rank fourth in scoring (6.8 ppg). Senior guard LaSheena Boyd and Mullen will patrol the backcourt and provide valuable leadership.

 

Sophomore transfer Brittany Saccoccio, a guard, is a key newcomer who can’t wait to put on her No. 12 Anchorwoman jersey this season. “If I could not get into a Division II school, I always thought I would come play for RIC. Then I found out that Coach Reilly was here and I wanted to come play for him because he is an amazing coach.”

 

“We have a lot of talent this year,” Mullen added. “I think that we are filling positions this year that we could not fill last year, especially at point guard with Brittany Saccoccio coming in and LaSheena Boyd returning from last year.”

 

 “Right now it’s day by day, and to look past that, we would be setting ourselves up for a longer road,” Reilly stated about where his team is now.

 

The Anchorwomen will open up its season on Nov. 17 at home at The Murray Center. Make sure you come out and watch the Anchorwomen’s “Quest for Success.”