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February 28, 2012

 

GAUDET, RILEY & CORO EARN ALL-LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE HONORS
Gaudet Tabbed Defensive Player of the Year
Reilly Named Coach of the Year

 Providence, R.I.-Senior guard Cynthia Gaudet (Coventry, RI) was named the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Little East and to the league's All-Defensive Team. Senior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) was named First Team All-Little East, while classmate guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) was tabbed Second Team All-LEC. Head Coach Marcus Reilly was named the Little East Conference Women's Basketball Coach of the Year.

 

 

 Senior guard Cynthia Gaudet

 

Gaudet, who is in her first season with the Anchorwomen after spending three years at Div. II Franklin Pierce, has played in 27 games, starting all of them. She leads the team with 15.8 points, 4.2 assists and 3.3 steals per game on the year, while also posting 3.4 rebounds per game. She leads the conference in steals and ranks in the top five in points, assists, free throw percentage and three-point shooting. She notched a career-high 27 points at Emmanuel on Dec. 1, handed out seven assists at Bridgewater State on Nov. 22, corralled seven rebounds on Dec. 6 against Salve Regina and registered six steals on five different occasions. The point guard recently recorded her 1,000th career point on Jan. 31 against Tufts.

 

 

 Senior forward Rachel Riley

 

Riley was named First Team-All Little East for the second straight year, after earning Second Team and All-Rookie honors following her first two seasons at RIC. The senior, who has played and started in all 27 games this season, was also named the 2012 Little East Conference Tournamentís Most Outstanding Player.

 

After reaching 1,000 career points on Jan. 4 against Stevens Tech, 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 leads the team with 9.9 rebounds per game, while also averaging 13.5 points, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. She leads the Little East Conference in field goal percentage, while ranking among the leagueís top 10 in points, rebounds and blocked shots. She recorded a career-high 27 points at Plymouth State on Dec. 3, grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds against Stevens on Jan. 4 and posted six blocks on against UMass Boston on Jan. 7. She was named Little East Conference Player of the Week once on the season.

 

 

 Senior guard Stephanie Coro

 

Coro earned Second Team-All Little East honors for the second time in her career. She has played and started in all 27 games this season. The senior, who currently ranks second all-time in program history with 1,494 career points, is averaging 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game on the year. She is among the top five in the Little East in both steals and three-point shooting, as she has drained a team-high 58 treys on the year. She tallied a pair of season-highs on Nov. 29 against Johnson and Wales with 21 points and eight steals, while also corralling a career-high 13 rebounds on Feb. 7 at UMass Dartmouth. Coro was a First Team All-Little East selection in 2011.

 

 

Head Coach Marcus Reilly

 

Reilly wins Little East Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his four-year career at Rhode Island College. So far this season, he has led the Anchorwomen to the first Little East Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships in program history, while also leading RIC to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1985. At 24-3, Rhode Island College also boasts its best record in program history as well. In three-plus seasons, Reilly has a career record of 70-36.

 

The Rhode Island College womenís basketball team will host first round and second round action of the 2012 NCAA Div. III Womenís Basketball Tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3. This will be the first time in school history that RIC has hosted a womenís NCAA Tournament round.

 

RIC will host Baruch (19-9), which won its fifth straight CUNYAC Tournament title, on Friday, March 2 (8 p.m.). RIC is making its third NCAA Tournament appearance (1985, 1983).

 

Emmanuel (22-6) won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Regular Season and Tournament Championships and will face Hartwick (22-5) from the Empire 8 Conference in the other first round game.

 

The winners will meet in the second round on Saturday afternoon.

 

RIC is making its third NCAA Tournament appearance (1985, 1983).

 

Reilly's team comes into the tournament with 24-3 overall record and finished the regular season with a 13-1 mark in the Little East Conference. RICís 24 wins and 13 league victories are new program records.

 

Emmanuel was only one of three teams to defeat Rhode Island College this winter, earning an 81-73 victory on Dec. 1. After the loss, RIC won a school-record 17 straight games.

 

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