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February 26, 2011

 

RIC PLACES THREE ON THE
LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE WOMENíS BASKETBALL
25th ANNIVERSARY TEAM

Providence, R.I.óRhode Island College placed three women on the Little East Conference Womenís Basketball 25th Anniversary Team. Jo-Ann DíAlessandro Ď88, Cathy Lanni í88 and Claudia DeFaria Ď96 were selected as members of this prestigious group.

 

DíAlessandro was a guard on RICís womenís basketball team from 1983-87. She is RICís second all-time leading scorer with 1,426 career points. The North Providence native holds the RIC record for the most career assists and is second in career field goal percentage. DíAlessandro was a member of RICís ECAC Division III Championship team during the 1985-86 season and the programís all-time leading scorer when her playing days were finished.

 

She is currently the Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Affairs at Rhode Island College. DíAlessandro was the Director of Recreation for the Town of North Providence until 2002, a position she has held since 1995. Prior to taking the Directorís position, she was the Assistant Director for eight years.

 

 

 Jo-Ann D'Alessandro '88

 

DíAlessandro was formerly the Head Basketball Coach at Tolman High School in Pawtucket from 1992-95. She has also been an assistant coach at the Community College of Rhode Island and North Providence High School. DíAlessandro was inducted into RICís Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 and named to the collegeís 75th Anniversary Womenís Basketball Team in 2005. She was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

 

Lanni was an All-American forward on RICís womenís basketball team from 1983-88. She is RICís all-time leading scorer with 1,677 points. She also holds the school record for the most career rebounds at 1,101. Lanni is the only RIC player to ever total over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. She was a member of RICís ECAC Division III Championship team during the 1985-86 season.

 

After three outstanding seasons, Lanni missed the entire 1986-87 season with a broken foot. She came back to lead the team in scoring and rebounding as a senior in 1987-88.

 

 

 Cathy Lanni '88

 

Lanni was inducted into RICís Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 and named to the collegeís 75th Anniversary Womenís Basketball Team in 2005.  She was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

 

DeFaria is a 1996 graduate of Rhode Island College and is one of the collegeís all-time greatest womenís basketball players. In just two years at RIC, DeFaria scored 1,048 points, which ranks her ninth all-time in career scoring. She remains the only RIC player to ever score 1,000 points in just two seasons. She is also fifth all-time with 592 career rebounds. She was inducted into RICís Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and named to the collegeís 75th Anniversary Womenís Basketball Team in 2005.  She is currently a member of the Rhode Island College Hall of Fame selection committee.

 

As a senior in 1994-95, DeFaria was named the Little East Conferenceís Player of the Year, First Team All-LEC and to the All-LEC Tournament team. DeFaria led the LEC in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 19.2 ppg and 11.8 rpg, a double-double for the entire season. She was named a New England Womenís Basketball Association (NEWBA) Second Team All-Star and was named a Distinguished Student-Athlete by the Rhode Island Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (RIAIAW).

 

 

 Claudia DeFaria '95

 

Prior to coming to RIC, DeFaria starred at the Community College of Rhode Island from 1990-92. At the time of her graduation, she was CCRIís all-time leader in career scoring and assists and was inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.  She was also honored as the CCRI alum of the year in 2008.

 

DeFaria is a 1996 graduate of Rhode Island College, earning a bachelorís degree in justice studies. She is a 1993 graduate of CCRI, earning an associateís degree in business with a concentration in law enforcement.  She is currently a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).  She was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in Fall 2009. 

 

She is also in her eighth season assisting RIC Head Womenís Basketball Coach Marcus Reilly. She assists him with all phases of the RIC womenís basketball program including recruiting, scouting, practice execution, game coaching and alumni relations.

 

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