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April 20, 2012

 

 

 

2011-12 Rhode Island College
Women’s Basketball Season Summary

(25-4 Overall; 13-1 in the Little East Conference)
Little East Conference Regular Season Champions
Little East Conference Tournament Champions
2012 NCAA Div. III Tournament

 

Providence, RI— Head Coach Marcus Reilly’s (Career Record: 71-37, .657) team finished the 2011-2012 season with a 25-4 overall record and a 13-1 mark in the Little East Conference. The Anchorwomen set the program record for wins in a season and earned the program’s first-ever Little East Conference Regular Season Championship.

 

Rhode Island College followed that feat with its first-ever Little East Conference Tournament Championship, clinching the program’s first NCAA Div. III Women’s Basketball Tournament appearance since 1985. RIC was selected as a host site for first and second round games, marking the first time the college hosted an NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament game. After knocking off Baruch in the first round, 69-54, the Anchorwomen suffered their first home loss of the season, falling, 57-52, at The Murray Center in the second round to Emmanuel.

 

 

 

The season began in dubious fashion after Rhode Island College fell in its opener at the University of New England, 63-62, on Nov. 19. However, the Anchorwomen bounced back with three straight victories to close out the month of November, all of which were by double-digits. As the calendar turned to December, RIC suffered its second defeat of the season and fell to 3-2 with an 81-73 loss to Emmanuel on Dec. 1. Yet, a pair of losses in the first five games left the Anchorwomen unfazed, as they proceeded to rattle off 17 straight victories, 12 of them by double-digits.

 

After a perfect month of January and 11 consecutive conference victories, RIC dropped its first contest in over two months, falling at Little East Conference-foe Southern Maine, 72-68, on Feb. 11, ending the longest winning streak in program history. Yet, Rhode Island College responded just three days later with a 66-38 win over Western Connecticut to seal the regular season title and No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

 

As the Anchorwomen closed out the regular season with a 13-1 record in the Little East Conference, it set up a date in the semifinal of the conference tournament with defending champion-Western Connecticut. Top-seeded RIC quickly dethroned the fourth-seeded Colonials to advance to the Conference Championship game, where Rhode Island College met Southern Maine. Both teams went back and forth throughout much of the game, but RIC pulled ahead late in the second half to take down the Huskies, 50-44, on Feb. 25 to seal its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 27 years.

 

In his fourth season at the helm of the program, Coach Reilly was named the Little East Conference Coach of the Year as well as the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Coach of the Year. Reilly also received the Cox Sports R.I. Basketball Media Tom Carmody Award, signifying him as the Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year (C.C./Div. III).

 

Senior guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) closed out her four-year career having played in 107 games, starting 99 of them. She totaled 1,516 points, 395 rebounds, 199 steals, 113 assists and 224 three-pointers during her tenure with the Anchorwomen. She averaged 14.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.1 assists per game for her career. She departs as the second all-time leading scorer in program history, is second in games played and first in career free throw percentage (.855).

 

As a senior in 2011-2012, Coro earned Second Team-All Little East honors for the second time in her career. She played in 29 games, starting all of them. Coro averaged 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.1 assists per game on the year. She finished among the top five in the Little East in both steals and three-point shooting, as she drained a team-high 63 treys on the year. She tallied a pair of season-highs against Johnson and Wales on Nov. 29 with 21 points and eight steals, while also corralling a career-high 13 rebounds at UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 7. Coro finished with 18 double-digit scoring efforts. In one of her strongest performances of the season, Coro knocked down five three-pointers and finished with 19 points in RIC’s, 69-54, victory over Baruch in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Div. III Tournament.

 

As a junior in 2010-2011, Coro was named First Team All-Little East Conference. She played in 27 games, starting all of them. Coro averaged 18.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.9 steals per contest. She led the Little East in scoring on the season and was a two-time Player of the Week selection. Coro scored a season-high 30 points in a Jan. 8 win over Keene State and eclipsed 20 points in 14 games. She scored her 1,000th career point on a late go-ahead basket in a thrilling overtime, 85-83, win against Trinity on Jan. 20. 

 

As a sophomore in 2009-2010, Coro played in 25 games, starting all of them. She averaged a team-leading 12.9 points per game, to go along with 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Coro registered a career-high of 33 points (tied for third-most in program history) vs. UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 26. She also had season-highs of seven rebounds vs. Western Connecticut on Feb. 9, three assists at Western Connecticut and four steals twice, once vs. Wellesley on Nov. 17 and again on Nov. 24 at Bridgewater State.  She was named to the Little East Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll twice.

 

As a freshman in 2008-2009, Coro was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year, as well as Second Team All-LEC and to the league’s All-Rookie Team. Coro played in 26 games, starting 18 of them. She averaged a team-leading 14.6 points and 2.0 steals per game, to go along with 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Coro registered season-highs of 23 points vs. Brandeis on Jan. 6, eight rebounds at Salve Regina on Nov. 15, three assists on multiple occasions and eight steals vs. Western Connecticut on Jan. 27. She was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week three times on the season.

 

She is a physical education/health major and a 2008 graduate of North Providence High School.

 

Senior guard Cynthia Gaudet (Coventry, RI) spent one season with Rhode Island College, after spending three years with Div. II Franklin Pierce. In her four years of collegiate basketball, Gaudet played in 130 games, starting 71 of them. She totaled 1,141 points, 386 assists, 293 rebounds and 213 steals, while knocking down 100 career three-pointers. Gaudet averaged 8.8 points, 3.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game for her career.

 

As a senior in 2011-2012, Gaudet was named the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year, while also being named First Team All-Little East and to the league’s All-Defensive team. In addition, Gaudet was named Second Team All-Northeast Region by D3Hoops.com and Second Team All-Region by the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA). Gaudet received the Cox Sports/R.I. Basketball Media Kevin McNamara Award, signifying her as the Women’s Basketball Player of the Year (C.C./Div. III).

 

She played in 29 games, starting all of them. Gaudet led the team with 15.9 points, 4.1 assists and 3.3 steals per game on the year, while also posting 3.5 rebounds per game. She led the conference in steals and ranked 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, which included a 14-for-14 performance from the free throw line. That tied her for fourth all-time in program history for free throws made in a single game. Gaudet also handed out a season-high seven assists at Bridgewater State on Nov. 22, hauled in a season-high seven rebounds on Dec. 6 against Salve Regina, and registered six steals on five different occasions. The point guard recorded her 1,000th career point in a win over Tufts on Jan. 31. She posted double-digits in scoring 27 times on the season. Her 119 assists on the year is tied for seventh all-time in single-season program history.

 

While at Franklin Pierce, she was named Third Team All-Northeast 10 following her junior season, as well as ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I First Team. She was also twice named to the Northeast 10 Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team during her tenure with the Ravens. In her three seasons at Franklin Pierce, spanning from 2007 to 2010, her Ravens reached the NCAA Div. II National Championship, the NCAA Div. II Final Four, and the NCAA Div. II Elite Eight. She averaged 6.7 points, 2.6 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals over the course of those three seasons.

 

She is a biology and mathematics major and a 2007 graduate of La Salle Academy.

 

Senior guard Nicole Girard (Foster, RI) closed out her two-year career with the Anchorwomen having played in 56 games, starting all of them. She totaled 314 points, 226 assists, 126 rebounds, 71 steals and 58 three-pointers during her tenure at RIC. Girard averaged 5.6 points, 4.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game during that time. She is tied for ninth all-time in program history in career assists.

 

As a senior in 2011-2012, Girard played in 29 games, starting all of them. She averaged 5.7 points, 3.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Girard boasted the top assist-to-turnover ratio in the Little East, while ranking fourth in the conference in assists. She cracked double-digits in scoring twice on the year, with her season-high of 14 points coming against Keene State on Jan. 14. She dished out a season-high seven assists on two occasions, while swiping a season-high of three steals on five occasions. Girard corralled a season-high six rebounds against Emmanuel on Dec. 1. Her 105 assists are good for 12th all-time in single-season program history.

 

As a junior in 2010-2011, Girard played in 27 games, starting all of them. She averaged 5.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Her 121 assists were tops for the team, second in the Little East Conference and were the sixth-most single-season helpers in program history. Girard cracked double digits in scoring four times, led by an 18-point effort in a season-ending defeat at Western Connecticut in the Little East Conference Tournament Semifinals. She registered seven assists on four separate occasions. 

 

Prior to joining the Anchorwomen, Girard spent a pair of seasons at the Community College of Rhode Island from 2007 to 2009. As a junior at CCRI, she was named All-Region XXI and helped the Knights capture the Region XXI and Northeast District Championships, making it to the NJCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.

 

She is a communications major and 2007 graduate of Ponaganset High School.

 

Senior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) 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.

 

Senior guard Brittany Saccoccio (Glocester, RI) closes out her three-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 74 games, starting 22 of them. Saccoccio totaled 143 points, 103 assists, 99 rebounds and 77 steals. She averaged 1.9 points, 1.4 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals.

 

As a senior in 2011-2012, Saccoccio played in 25 games. Primarily used as a defensive stopper late in the games, she averaged 0.8 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. Her finest performance came on Nov. 29 against Johnson and Wales, as she tallied season-highs of six points and four rebounds. She also handed out a season-high two assists on five occasions.

 

As a junior in 2010-2011, Saccoccio played in 23 games. She averaged 1.6 points, 0.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Saccoccio posted season highs of six assists and four steals in the season opening, 95-34, win over Albertus Magnus on Nov. 16.  She had her best scoring night with seven points in an 86-32 win at Johnson and Wales on Nov. 30. 

 

As a sophomore in 2009-2010, Saccoccio played in 26 games, starting 22 of them. She averaged 3.3 points, a team-high 2.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. Saccoccio registered season-highs of 12 points at Bridgewater State on Nov. 24, eight assists at Roger Williams on Jan. 6, eight rebounds twice, at Salem State on Nov. 20 and again at Williams on Jan. 4 and six steals vs. Babson on Jan. 3. 

 

As a freshman in 2008-2009, Saccoccio played C.W. Post - Long Island University, where she appeared in 19 games. She averaged 0.6 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

 

She is a nursing major and 2008 graduate of Ponaganset High School.

 

Junior forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) played in 28 games, starting 23 of them. She worked her way back from a serious knee injury to average 6.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.9 assists per game. Burns cracked double-digits in scoring six times, posting a season-high 12 points on three occasions. She also notched a double-double of 12 points and a season-high 10 rebounds against Worcester State on Jan. 26, while also swiping a season-high three steals that same game. She swatted two shots Western Connecticut on Jan. 24 against, while handing out three assists on two occasions.

 

Junior forward Melanie Cline (Glocester, RI) played in 27 games. She averaged 1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game, while blocking 12 shots and draining five treys on the year. Cline dropped a season-high six points against Plymouth State on Dec. 3, while corralling a season-high four rebounds on five occasions. 

 

Junior guard Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT) played in 15 games. She averaged 0.9 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. Novicky recorded season–highs of five points and four rebounds against York on Jan. 5.

 

Junior guard Ashley O’Dell (Lincoln, RI) played in 29 games. She flourished in the sixth-man role for the Anchorwomen, averaging 5.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game. O’Dell cracked double-digit scoring seven times on the year, with her season-high of 13 points coming against Bridgewater State on Nov. 22. She swiped a season-high four steals against UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 17, while recording a season-highs of six rebounds and five assists on four occasions.

 

Sophomore guard Stephanie Prusko (Lincoln, RI) played in 28 games. She averaged 1.6 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. Prusko chipped in with season-highs of seven points and three assists against WPI on Nov. 27, while also corralling three rebounds on two occasions.

 

Sophomore forward Alexia Vega (North Providence, RI) played in 23 games. She averaged 2.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Vega recorded a season-high six points against Plymouth State on Jan. 21  and registered seven rebounds against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 28.

 

Freshman forward Katie Donovan (Hudson, NH) played in 27 games, starting six of them. She averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Donovan poured in a season-high eight points against Johnson and Wales on Nov. 29, while hauling in five rebounds on three separate occasions. She was also stellar in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Div. III Tournament, finishing with seven points and five boards in a 69-54 win over Baruch.

 

Freshman forward Ashley Dubois (Woonsocket, RI) played in 16 games. She averaged 1.2 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. Dubois finished with four points on two occasions, while posting a season-high four rebounds against York on Jan. 5.

 

Freshman forward Felisha Lussier (West Greenwich, RI) played in 14 games. She averaged 0.3 points and 0.4 rebounds on the season. Lussier totaled two points on two occasions, while corralling a season-high two rebounds against Johnson and Wales on Nov. 29.

 

Freshman guard Megan Sewall (Portsmouth, RI) played in 20 games. She averaged 0.8 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.5 steals per game. Sewall tallied a season-high four points on Jan. 21 against Plymouth State, while notching four rebounds at York on Jan. 5.