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March 4, 2014

 

VANDELL ANDRADE NAMED LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Prusko Named Second Team All-LEC
 Moore Earns Spot on All-Rookie Team;
Williamson Named Coach of the Year

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College sophomore forward Vandell Andrade (Providence, RI) was named the 2014 Little East Conference Womenís Basketball Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Little East Conference and garnered a spot on the leagueís All-Defensive Team.

 

 Andrade, an All-Rookie Team selection as a freshman last winter, has turned in a dominant performance this season and becomes just the second womenís basketball player in Little East Conference history to earn two major awards in the same year. The Providence native is also the second Anchorwoman in the programís history to win the prestigious Player of the Year Award and the first since Claudia DeFaria in 1995.

 

 

 Sophomore forward Vandell Andrade

 

Andrade, the 2014 Little East Conference Womenís Basketball Tournamentís Most Outstanding Player, led the conference circuit in rebounding (12.1 rpg) and ranked first in field goal percentage, as she shot at a 57 percent (162-for-286) clip from the floor. She also led the league in steals (3.0 spg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.8 bpg), and third in scoring (14.2 ppg).  

 

The sophomore posted 17 double-doubles and reached double-digits in scoring 21 times, while pouring in at least 20 points on five separate occasions. Andrade registered a season-high 24 points against Plymouth State on Feb. 25 in the opening round of the 2014 Little East Conference Tournament. Meanwhile, she hauled in at least 11 rebounds in 16 games, including a season-best 22 in a pair of contests against Keene State College. Andrade earned Little East Player of the Week honors three times this season. 

 

 Andrade is the second Rhode Island College women's basketball player to be honored as the top defender in the conference, joining Cynthia Gaudet in 2012. She anchored an Anchorwoman defensive attack that ranked third in the Little East in scoring defense, limiting their opponents to 54.1 points per game. A tremendous ball hawk, Andrade registered at least one steal in 27 of 28 games this past winter. She racked up a season-best six steals and six blocks at UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 18.

 

 

 Senior guard Stephanie Prusko

 

 Senior guard Stephanie Prusko (Lincoln, RI) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. She played in 28 games, starting all of them, and is tied for the league-lead in minutes played (34.5 mpg). Prusko is averaging 11.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.0 spg. The senior captain leads the squad with 45 three-pointers on the year, which ranks fourth in the Little East. Prusko also ranks fifth in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.341), seventh in free throw percentage (.776), and eighth in scoring. 

 

 

 Freshman guard Alex Moore

 

 Freshman guard Alex Moore (West Newbury, MA) was named to the Little East All-Rookie Team. Moore played in 26 games, starting 20 of them, and ranks ninth in the league in minutes played (30.5 mpg). She is averaging 7.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, and 1.2 spg, to go along with a team-high 2.8 apg, which ranks seventh in the LEC. Moore has also knocked down 21 treys on the season, which ranks second on the team.

 

 

 Head Coach Kara Williamson

 

Head Coach Kara Williamson was named the Little East Conference Womenís Basketball Coach of the Year. She has guided the Anchorwomen to a 20-8 overall record. RIC secured the programís second-ever Little East Regular Season Championship by finishing first with an 11-3 league mark. The Anchorwomen went on to clinch the programís second Little East Tournament Championship with wins over Plymouth State, 56-45, on Feb. 25, Western Connecticut, 56-46, on Feb. 28 and Southern Maine, 64-59, on March 1. 

 

 The Anchorwomen will next see action in the 2014 NCAA Div. III Womenís Basketball Tournament against Haverford at Ithaca on Friday, March 7 (6 p.m.).

 

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