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May 2, 2012

 

 

 

Rachel Riley Receives Rhode Island
College’s Helen M. Murphy Award

 

Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College senior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) received Rhode Island College’s Helen M. Murphy Award at the College’s annual Cap and Gown ceremony on Wednesday, May 2. The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement and honors an outstanding Rhode Island College senior woman athlete.

 

 

She played a key role in the 2011-12 Rhode Island College women’s basketball team’s Little East Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships and subsequent run to the NCAA Div. III Tournament. She closed out her four year-career having played in 108 games, starting 100 of them. She departs as the program’s all-time leader in career games played. During her time with the Anchorwomen, she totaled 1,263 points, 1,043 rebounds, 169 steals, 135 assists and 87 blocks. Riley is just one of three players to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds in program history. She ranks third all-time in career rebounds and eighth all-time in career points in program history. She averaged 11.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.3 assists in her career at RIC. Riley also ranks sixth in career field goal percentage (.458).

 

 

 

As a senior in 2011-2012, Riley was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Women’s DIII News. She was also named First Team All-Little East and All-ECAC, Second Team All-Region by the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) and Third Team All-Northeast Region by D3Hoops.com.

 

She played in 29 games, starting all of them. After reaching 1,000 career points against Stevens Tech on Jan. 4, she hauled in her 1,000th career rebound on Feb. 18 against Keene State, becoming just the third player in program history to reach both milestones. She led the team at 9.9 rebounds per game, while also averaging 13.5 points, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Her 287 rebounds on the year are ranked seventh all-time for a single-season in program history. She led the Little East Conference in field goal percentage, while ranking among the league’s top 10 in points, rebounds and blocked shots. Riley’s field goal-percentage on the year (.518) is tied for seventh all-time in single-season history for the Anchorwomen.

 

She recorded a career-high 27 points at Plymouth State on Dec. 3 and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds against Stevens on Jan. 4. She posted six blocks against UMass Boston on Jan. 7, which is tied for second all-time in program history for most in a single game. She was named Little East Conference Player of the Week once on the season. Riley reached double-digits in scoring 21 times on the season and finished with 12 double-doubles. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 Little East Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament.

 

 

 

As a junior in 2010-2011, Riley was named First Team All-Little East Conference. She played in 27 games, starting all of them. Riley averaged 14.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Riley posted 18 double-doubles on the season. She scored a season-high 22 points at Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 22, grabbed 19 rebounds at Keene State on Feb. 5, dished out four assists at Johnson and Wales on Nov. 30 and swiped four steals against Western Connecticut on Jan. 18.

 

As a sophomore in 2009-2010, Riley was named Second Team All-Little East. Riley played in 26 games, starting all of them. She averaged 12.0 points, a team-leading 9.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Riley posted 11 double-doubles on the season and now has 14 for her career. She registered a season and career-high of 24 points and five assists at Western Connecticut on Jan. 19. Riley also had season-highs of 15 rebounds and four steals on multiple occasions. She was named the Little East Conference Player of the Week and to the league’s Honor Roll once on the season. 

 

As a freshman in 2008-2009, Riley was named to the Little East Conference All-Rookie Team. Riley played in 26 games, starting 18 of them. She averaged 6.8 points, a team leading 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Riley registered season-highs of 16 points and four assists vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 10, 16 rebounds at UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 20 and four steals on multiple occasions. She was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week once on the season.

 

She is a history major and 2008 graduate of Coventry High School.

 

ABOUT THE HELEN M. MURPHY AWARD

 

The Murphy Award was established in 1979 and sponsored by the faculty of the Henry Barnard School to honor an outstanding Rhode Island College senior woman athlete. The award is named for Helen M. Murphy, a graduate of Rhode Island College in 1939, who was a member of the faculty for 38 years and taught at the Henry Barnard School, beginning in 1941, until her retirement in 1979.

 

 

 

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