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August 5, 2013

 

 2012-13 Rhode Island College
Women’s Basketball Season Summary

(16-11 Overall; 8-6 in the Little East Conference)

Providence, R.I.-First-year Head Coach Kara Williamson’s team finished the 2012-2013 season with a 16-11 overall record and an 8-6 (third place tie) mark in the Little East Conference. The Anchorwomen closed out the regular season as the fifth seed in the Little East Conference Tournament by virtue of a tiebreaker, drawing a matchup with fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut in Willimantic on Feb. 19. 

 

Despite being on the road, Rhode Island College knocked off the Warriors, 66-54, in the first round to advance to the semifinals of the LEC Tournament for the third straight season. However, the Anchorwomen saw their season come to an end with a 73-62 loss to top-seeded Southern Maine, the eventual Little East Conference Champion, on Feb. 22.

 

Owners of one of the stingiest defenses in the LEC, RIC allowed just 54.0 points per game, which ranked second in the conference, and held its opponent to 55 points or less in 18 of its 27 contests. 

 

 

 

Senior forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) closed out her four-year career having played in 103 games, starting 86 of them. She totaled 849 points, 456 rebounds, 122 assists, 134 steals and 34 blocked shots. Burns averaged 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.3 blocks per game for her career. She ranks 10th all-time in games played and 14th in career rebounds.

 

As a senior in 2012-2013, Burns was named First Team All-Little East and named to the league’s All-Defensive team. She was named the women’s basketball team’s MVP and was one of three Anchorwomen to play and start in all 27 games this season. Burns 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. She finished seventh in the Little East Conference in free throw percentage (.739) and 10th in minutes played (30.9 mpg). Burns 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. She 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.

 

As a junior in 2011-2012, Burns 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Burns played in 22 games, starting 20 of them. She averaged 10.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Burns highlighted her season by leading the way with a season-high 22 points to go along with nine rebounds and three steals in an overtime, 85-83, win against Trinity on Jan. 20. She posted a season-high of 12 rebounds as part of a double-double effort featuring 18 points in a 66-50 win at Salve Regina on Dec. 7. Burns swiped a season-high six steals in the season opening, 95-34, victory against Albertus Magnus on Nov. 16. She missed significant time due to a severe knee injury, but worked her way back to appear in both of RIC’s Little East Conference Tournament games.

 

As a freshman in 2009-2010, Burns was named to the Little East Conference’s All-Rookie Team. She played in 26 games, starting 16 of them. She averaged 5.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Burns registered season-highs of 18 points against Connecticut College on Dec. 3, five rebounds on many occasions and seven steals against Salve Regina on Dec. 8.  

 

She is a secondary education major with a concentration in math and a 2009 graduate of Rockland High School.

 

Senior forward Melanie Cline (Glocester, RI) closed out her four-year career at RIC having played in 60 games. She compiled 123 points, 117 rebounds, 28 blocked shots, 23 steals and 17 assists to go along with 11 three-pointers. Cline averaged 2.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game for her career.

 

As a senior in 2012-2013, Cline played in 19 games. She averaged 2.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 blocked shots to go along with four three-pointers. She recorded season-highs of 12 points and seven rebounds against UMass Boston on Feb. 2. Cline also tallied season-highs of three steals against Keene State on Jan. 12, three blocks at Eastern Connecticut on Feb. 19 and two assists on two occasions.

 

As a junior in 2011-2012, Cline 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. 

 

As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Cline played in eight games. She averaged 2.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.1 assists and 0.3 steals per game. Cline had her best showing on opening night, Nov. 16 against Albertus Magnus, posting season bests of five points, nine rebounds, three blocks, one steal and an assist. 

 

As a freshman in 2009-2010, Cline appeared in six games.

 

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

 

Senior guard Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT) wrapped up her two-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 18 games. She totaled 16 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks.

 

As a senior in 2012-2013, Novicky played in three games. She came off the bench on Senior Day against perennial-powerhouse Southern Maine on Feb. 10 to hit a clutch three-pointer late in the game in RIC’s, 56-54, overtime loss to the Huskies.

 

As a junior in 2011-2012, Novicky 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Novicky was named All-Region XXI, team MVP and served as a co-captain while at the Community College of Rhode Island. She finished her career with 672 points, which ranks ninth on the Knights' all-time list, and established the program's single season record for made three-pointers with 83. Novicky also holds the CCRI record with 145 career trifectas.

 

As a freshman in 2009-2010, Novicky was named All-Region XXI while at the Community College of Rhode Island.

 

Novicky is an accounting major and a 2009 graduate of New Milford High School.

 

Senior guard Ashley O’Dell (Lincoln, RI) closed out her three-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 77 games, starting 17 of them. She compiled 591 points, 212 rebounds, 187 assists, 90 steals, and 21 blocked shots, while also knocking down 82 three-pointers. O’Dell averaged 7.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per game through the course of her career at RIC.

 

As a senior in 2012-2013, O’Dell played in 24 games, starting 10 of them. She averaged 8.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 steals per game to go along with a team-high 31 three-pointers on the year. O’Dell ranked eighth in the conference in three-pointers made and 10th in three-point field goal shooting percentage (.298). She finished with nine double-digit scoring efforts and recorded a season-high 21 points against Eastern Connecticut in the First Round of the LEC Tournament on Feb. 19. O’Dell also recorded season-highs of eight rebounds against Southern Maine on Feb. 10, seven assists against Bowdoin on Nov. 16, and three steals against Rhode Island on Dec. 16.

 

As a junior in 2011-2012, O’Dell 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2010-2011, O’Dell played in 24 games, starting seven of them. She averaged 9.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. O'Dell played her best basketball of the season after being promoted to the starting lineup in place of the injured Burns on Feb. 8. She cracked double digits in scoring in six of those seven starts and 11 total times on the season. O’Dell scored a season-high 18 points in the Anchorwomen's Little East Tournament victory over UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 22. She had season highs of seven rebounds at Plymouth State on Feb. 19, seven assists against UMass Boston on Jan. 29, and seven steals vs. Bridgewater State on Nov. 23.

 

As a freshman in 2009-2010, O’Dell played in 16 games, starting four of them at Southern Connecticut State University. She averaged 5.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. O’Dell scored a season-high 18 points against Holy Family on Dec. 30 and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds against Dominican on Dec. 12.

 

She is a secondary education major with a concentration in history and a 2009 graduate of Lincoln High School.

 

Senior forward Alexia Vega (North Providence, RI) closed out her three-year career with the Anchorwomen having played in 59 games, starting five of them. She totaled 169 points, 142 rebounds, 28 assists, 26 steals and 11 blocked shots. Vega averaged 2.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.4 steals per game for her career.

 

As a senior in 2012-2013, Vega played in 24 games. She averaged 4.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.4 steals per game. Vega registered a season-high 11 points against Worcester State on Nov. 25, corralled a season-high seven rebounds on two occasions, tallied a season-high three steals against Western Connecticut on Jan. 22, blocked a season-high two shots against Salve Regina on Dec. 4, and handed out a season-high two assists on three occasions.

 

As a junior in 2011-2012, Vega 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.

 

As a freshman in 2009-2010, Vega played in 12 games, starting five of them. She averaged 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. Vega scored a career-high seven points against Salem State on Nov. 20. She corralled a season-high four rebounds against UMass Boston on Dec. 12.

 

She is a political science/justice studies major and a 2009 graduate of La Salle Academy.

 

Junior guard Cara Paladino (Arlington, MA) was one of three players to start all 27 games for the Anchorwomen. She averaged 7.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. Paladino shot 46.6 percent from the floor, which ranked fifth in the Little East, and also ranked sixth in the conference in blocks and 11th in rebounding. She registered a season-high of 15 points on two occasions, tallied season-highs of 14 rebounds and five steals in the season-opener against Bowdoin on Nov. 16, rejected a season-high six shots against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 26, and handed out a season-high four assists against Southern Maine on Jan. 8.

 

Junior guard Stephanie Prusko (Lincoln, RI) played in 27 games, starting 17 of them. She averaged 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.1 assists per game, while also draining 21 three-pointers, which ranked second on the team. Prusko posted eight double-digit scoring efforts and registered a season-high 15 points against Plymouth State on Dec. 1. She also registered season-highs of nine rebounds against Connecticut College on Jan. 24, four steals on two occasions, and four assists on two occasions.

 

Sophomore guard Megan Sewall (Portsmouth, RI) played in 26 games, starting one of them. She averaged 3.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.8 steals per game. Sewall recorded season-highs of 10 points, eight assists and four steals on two occasions, while also corralling a season-high eight rebounds on Nov. 20 against Bridgewater State.

 

Freshman forward Vandell Andrade (Providence, RI) was named to the All-Rookie Team in her first season with the Anchorwomen. She was one of three players to start in all 27 games for Rhode Island College and finished with a team-high eight double-doubles on the year. She averaged a team-high 9.2 rebounds per game to go along with 9.0 points per game, which ranked second on the squad. Andrade also chipped in with 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks and 0.7 assists per game. She finished the season ranked second in the conference in both rebounding and field goal percentage (.518), while ranking seventh in blocked shots. Andrade 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. Andrade was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week twice on the season.

 

Freshman forward Tori Forrest (Mont Vernon, NH) played in 11 games. She averaged 1.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game to go along with six blocked shots. Forrest totaled season-highs of four points against Plymouth State on Dec. 19, two steals against Roger Williams on Jan. 3, two blocks against Plymouth State on Dec. 1, and four rebounds on two occasions.

 

Freshman forward Devin Hill (Danielson, CT) played in 11 games. She averaged 0.6 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Hill posted season-highs of three points against Worcester State on Nov. 25 and six rebounds against Plymouth State on Jan. 19.

 

Freshman guard Michelle Lagrotteria (Niantic, CT) played in 19 games. She averaged 2.0 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.4 steals per game to go along with five three-pointers on the year. Lagrotteria registered season-highs of seven points against Plymouth State on Jan. 19, three rebounds against Bridgewater State on Nov. 20, three assists against Worcester State on Nov. 25, two blocks against Plymouth State on Dec. 1 and two steals against Keene State on Jan. 12.

 

Freshman guard Danielle LeBlanc (Warwick, RI) played in 26 games, starting all of them. She averaged a team-high 2.5 assists per game, which ranked ninth in the LEC, to go along with 6.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. LeBlanc also knocked down 13 three-pointers on the year. She posted a season-high 17 points against Southern Maine on Jan. 8 and dished out a season-high six assists against Western Connecticut on Feb. 13. She also tallied season-highs of five rebounds and three steals on two occasions.

 

Freshman guard Julia Maguire (Cranston, RI) played in two games before an injury sidelined her for the remainder of the season. She scored two points against Plymouth State on Dec. 1 and gathered one rebound in the win as well.