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October 13, 2011

 

RIC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PICKED TO WIN LITTLE EAST BY WOMEN’S DIII NEWS
Riley Selected as Preseason All-American

Providence, RI—The Rhode Island College women’s basketball team has been picked to win the Little East Conference in the Women’s DIII News preseason preview. Senior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) was the publication’s preseason pick for Little East Player of the Year as well as an Honorable Mention to its Preseason All-American Team.

 

The 2011-12 Anchorwomen were also picked as a team to watch, just outside of Women’s DIII News’ Preseason Top 25. “It is certainly an honor to be viewed as the potential top team in the highly respected Little East and one of the top teams to watch in the country,” Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. “It speaks to the talent and commitment of everyone involved in building our basketball program over the past three years. But, ultimately, everyone is 0-0 starting this Saturday and we look forward to putting in the work and seeing if we can prove these rankings true.”

 

Reilly’s team, which finished 2010-11 equaling the program best all-time record at 20-7, returns eight players and four starters from last season.

 

 

 Senior forward Rachel Riley

 

Riley looks to be the preeminent post presence in the league this winter. She was named First Team All-Little East Conference last season. Riley played in 27 games, starting all of them, averaging 14.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game. She posted 18 double-doubles on the season.

 

“Rachel has worked hard to improve her game each and every year so the team is excited to see her be recognized on such a prestigious list,” Reilly said. “Like everyone on our roster, I know she is committed to putting us in a position to reach all of our team goals.”

 

Senior guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) enters her final season needing 480 points to become the program’s all-time leading scorer. As a junior, she was named Second Team All-Region and All-ECAC, and First Team All-Little East. In 27 games, she averaged 18.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.9 steals per contest.

 

 

 Senior guard Stephanie Coro

 

In addition to Riley and Coro, the Anchorwomen can look to junior guard Ashley O’Dell (Lincoln, RI), junior forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA), sophomore guard Stephanie Prusko (Lincoln, RI), as well as senior guards Nicole Girard (Foster, RI) and Brittany Saccoccio (Glocester, RI), to provide veteran leadership.

 

Reilly’s squad will also receive a big boost from senior guard Cynthia Gaudet (Coventry, RI) who transferred in from Franklin Pierce for her final year of eligibility. Gaudet was the starting point guard for the Ravens who went to the Div. II Final Four in 2009 and 2010.

 

Rhode Island College begins practice on Saturday, Oct. 15 and will open the season at the University of New England on Saturday, Nov. 19.

 

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