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February 26, 2013

 

COURTNEY BURNS NAMED FIRST TEAM
ALL-LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE
Vandell Andrade Named to All-Rookie Squad

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) was named First Team All-Little East and to the league’s All-Defensive Team, while freshman forward Vandell Andrade (Providence, RI) was named to the conference’s All-Rookie team.

 

Burns was one of three Anchorwomen to play and start in all 27 games this season. She averaged a team-high 10.4 points per game to go along with 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Burns also finished among the top 10 in the Little East Conference in free throw percentage (7th) and minutes played (10th). She reached double figures in scoring 15 times during the season, which included the final six games of the season, and posted a career-high 27 points against Western Connecticut on Feb. 13. Burns also recorded a career-high 11 rebounds against Salve Regina on Dec. 4, handed out a career-high five assists against Johnson & Wales on Dec. 19, swatted a pair of shots against Southern Maine on Feb. 10 and registered four steals on three occasions.

 

 

 Senior forward Courtney Burns

 

“Courtney has qualities that you just can't teach,” said Head Coach Kara Williamson. “She has poured everything she has into the program to help our team succeed. She embraces challenges and thrives off of working hard. At only 5'7, she is one of the toughest and strongest post players in our league. Her ability to defend the top player, in the post or on the perimeter, while stepping up on the offensive end in big games, was extremely valuable for our team this season. I am very proud that Courtney is getting the recognized she has earned.”

 

 

 Freshman forward Vandell Andrade

 

Andrade was named to the All-Rookie Team after also playing and starting in all 27 games for Rhode Island College as a freshman and finished with eight double-doubles on the year. She averaged 9.0 points, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game to go along with a team-high 9.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 52 percent from the floor. Andrade finished the season ranked among the top 10 in the Little East Conference in field goal percentage (2nd), rebounding (2nd) and blocks (7th). She reached double figures in scoring 12 times on the season and posted a season-high 17 points against Roger Williams on Jan. 3. Andrade also posted double-digit rebounds on 12 occasions and posted a season-high 16 rebounds against Southern Maine on Feb. 10. She finished with a season-high four blocks against Babson on Nov. 17, dished out a season-high three assists against Salve Regina on Dec. 4 and swiped a season-high three steals against UMass Boston on Jan. 5.

 

“Vandell is a very special player,” said Williamson. “Along with her natural talents and instinctual ability to rebound, the energy and passion she plays with are what playing college basketball is all about. I was very impressed with Vandell's transition from high school to college and although she is only a freshman, she has a very good understanding of the game. We are very fortunate to have Vandell and all that she brings as part of the program for three more years.”

 

Rhode Island College finished the 2012-2013 campaign with a 16-11 record overall and an 8-6 record in the Little East Conference. The fifth-seeded Anchorwomen knocked off fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut at Geissler Gymnasium, 66-54, on Feb. 19 to advance to the semifinals of the Little East Conference Tournament. However, Rhode Island College fell short of reaching the Championship Game for the second consecutive season, as top-seeded Southern Maine ended RIC’s run with a 73-62 victory at Hill Gymnasium on Feb. 22.

 

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