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May 20, 2014

 

2013-14 Rhode Island College Womenís Basketball
Season Summary

(20-9 Overall; 11-3 in the Little East Conference)
2014 Little East Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions
2014 NCAA Div. III Womenís Basketball Tournament Participant

Providence, R.I.-Head Coach Kara Williamsonís team finished the 2013-14 campaign with a 20-9 overall record and an 11-3 mark (first place) in the Little East Conference. The Anchorwomen clinched their second Little East Conference Regular Season Championship in the programís history and followed with their second-ever Little East Conference Tournament Championship as well.

 

Top-seeded Rhode Island College opened the 2014 Little East Conference Womenís Basketball Tournament at The Murray Center against eighth-seeded Plymouth State and quickly dispatched the Panthers, 56-45, on Feb. 25 to earn homecourt advantage through the remainder of the tournament. Just three days later, the Anchorwomen upended fourth-seeded Western Connecticut, 56-46, in the semifinals on Feb. 28 at home to advance to the Little East Conference Tournament Championship game for the second time in three seasons.

 

 

 

In a rematch of the 2012 title game, RIC managed to fend off second-seeded Southern Maine, 64-59, en route to securing an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Upon reaching the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last three seasons, RIC fell to Haverford College, 53-48, in the opening round to close out the 2013-14 campaign.

 

In her second season at the helm of the program, Williamson was named the Little East Conference Womenís Basketball Coach of the Year and was named the Tom Carmody Div. III Womenís Coach of the Year at the annual Cox Sports Rhode Island Basketball Media Awards Luncheon on April 1.

 

 

 

Senior forward Cara Paladino (Arlington, MA) closed out her two-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 56 games, starting 53 of them. She totaled 541 points, 356 rebounds, 65 steals, 60 assists and 42 blocked shots. Paladino averaged 9.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.1 assists and 0.8 blocks per game for her career. She ranks fifth all-time in career free throw percentage (.774).

 

As a senior in 2013-14, Paladino played in 29 games, starting 26 of them. She averaged 11.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.9 assists and 0.4 blocks per game. Paladino ranked fifth in the league in both field goal percentage (.476) and free throw percentage (.791), while also ranking seventh in rebounding and 10th in scoring. She finished second on the team in rebounding and field goal percentage, and third in scoring, free throw percentage and blocked shots. Paladino scored in double figures on 19 occasions and totaled a career-high 21 points at Connecticut College on Dec. 4. She registered a season-high 16 rebounds against Amherst on Jan. 7, blocked a season-high three shots against Southern Maine on March 1 and dished out a season-high three assists against UMass Boston on Dec. 14. Paladino notched a season-high three steals on two occasions.

 

As a junior in 2012-13, Paladino 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. She also ranked sixth in the conference in blocks and 11th in rebounding. Paladino registered a season-high of 15 points on two occasions. She tallied season-highs of 14 rebounds and five steals in the season-opener against Bowdoin on Nov. 16. Paladino 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2011-12, Paladino played in nine games for Div. II St. Anselm College of the Northeast-10, starting one of them. She averaged 1.1 points and 1.0 rebounds per game.

 

As a freshman in 2010-11, Paladino appeared in one game while at Saint Anselm College.

 

Paladino is a criminal justice major and a 2010 graduate of Arlington Catholic High School.

 

Senior guard Stephanie Prusko (Lincoln, RI) closed out her four-year career with the Anchorwomen having played in 110 games, starting 46 of them. She totaled 646 points, 191 rebounds, 129 assists, 86 steals and 81 three-pointers. Prusko averaged 5.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.8 steals per game for her career. She is the programís all-time leader in games played.

 

As a senior in 2013-14, Prusko was named Second Team All-Little East Conference and was named the RIC womenís basketball teamís Co-MVP. She was one of two Anchorwomen to start in all 29 games this season and finished the season tied for the league-lead in minutes played (34.7 mpg). Prusko averaged 11.8 points, which ranked second on the team, to go along with 2.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game. The senior captain led the squad with 47 three-pointers on the year, which ranked third in the Little East. Prusko also ranked sixth in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.329), seventh in free throw percentage (.776), and eighth in scoring.

 

Prusko totaled 20 double-digit scoring efforts on the year, highlighted by a career-high 20-point outburst on Senior Day against Plymouth State on Feb. 22. She pulled down a season-high seven rebounds against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 25 and recorded a season-high four steals against Western Connecticut on Feb. 11. Prusko buried a season-high five three-pointers in the season-opener against Westfield State on Nov. 15 and dished out a season-high four assists on four occasions. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2013 Ramada Roundball Invitational, hosted by the University of New England, early in the season.

 

As a junior in 2012-13, Prusko 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. Prusko drained 21 three-pointers, which ranked second on the team. She posted eight double-digit scoring efforts and registered a season-high 15 points against Plymouth State on Dec. 1. Prusko also registered season-highs of nine rebounds against Connecticut College on Jan. 24, four steals on two occasions and four assists on two occasions.

 

As a sophomore in 2011-12, Prusko 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.

 

As a freshman in 2010-11, Prusko played in 26 games. She averaged 3.4 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.7 steals per game. Prusko scored a season-high 15 points against Albertus Magnus on Nov. 16, while her five rebounds at WPI on Nov. 28 and four steals at Plymouth State on Feb. 19 were also season bests.

 

Prusko is a biology major and a 2010 graduate of Lincoln High School.

 

Sophomore forward Vandell Andrade (Providence, RI) was named the Little East Conference Player of the Year, the LEC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Little East and earned a spot on the leagueís All-Defensive Team. She is just the second player in conference history to earn Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same campaign. She is also just the second Anchorwoman in the programís history to win the prestigious Player of the Year Award and the first since Claudia DeFaria in 1995. She was named First Team All-ECAC and Second Team All-Region by NEWBA. Furthermore, she received the Kevin McNamara Div. III Womenís Player of the Year award at the annual Cox Sports Rhode Island Basketball Media Awards Luncheon, signifying her as the top female Div. III womenís basketball player in the state.

 

The 2014 Little East Conference Womenís Basketball Tournamentís Most Outstanding Player, Andrade was one of the two Anchorwomen to start in all 29 games this season for RIC and led the conference circuit in both rebounding (12.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (.564). She also led the league in steals (3.0 spg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.8 bpg) and third in scoring (14.0 ppg). Andrade led Rhode Island College in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, steals and blocks and also chipped in with 1.2 assists per game. Her 356 rebounds this season are a new program record for a single season.

 

The sophomore was named the Rhode Island College womenís basketball teamís Co-MVP after she posted 18 double-doubles and reached double-digits in scoring 22 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 17 games, including a season-best 22 rebounds in a pair of contests against Keene State. Andrade registered at least one steal in 28 of 29 games this past winter and racked up a season-best six steals and six blocks at UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 18. She drained a season-high 11 field goals at Roger Williams on Dec. 1 and sank a season-high 11 free throws against Southern Maine on March 1.

 

Andrade earned Little East Player of the Week honors four times this season. She was named the NEWBA Player of the Week once on the year and was also named to the NEWBA Weekly Honor Roll once as well. Andrade was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2013 Ramada Roundball Invitational, hosted by the University of New England, early in the season.

 

Sophomore forward Devin Hill (Danielson, CT) played in 10 games, starting three of them, before her season was cut short due to injury. She averaged 3.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.2 assists per game. Hill recorded a season-high seven points on two occasions. She also pulled down a season-high six rebounds at the University of New England on Nov. 16 and registered a season-high three steals at Emmanuel on Nov. 21.

 

Sophomore guard Michelle Lagrotteria (Niantic, CT) played in 28 games, starting 27 of them. She averaged 4.3 points, 2.3 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.2 blocks per game. Lagrotteria ranked third on the team in assists. She scored in double figures on four occasions and netted a season-high 15 points at Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 7. Lagrotteria hauled in a season-high six rebounds at Western Connecticut on Jan. 22. She dished out a season-high six assists against Plymouth State on Feb. 25. Lagrotteria recorded a season-high four steals against UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 28 and blocked a season-high two shots against Keene State on Feb. 8.

 

Sophomore guard Danielle LeBlanc (Warwick, RI) played in 28 games, starting nine of them. She averaged 7.5 points, 2.6 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. LeBlanc ranked ninth in the LEC and second on the team in assists, while also ranking second on the squad in steals and third in three-pointers (12). She finished with eight double-digit scoring efforts and poured in a season-high 19 points at the University of New England on Nov. 16. LeBlanc handed out a season-high eight assists against Westfield State on Nov. 15 and pulled down a season-high five rebounds at UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 18. She also swiped a season-high three steals on three occasions.

 

Freshman guard Ashleigh Greaves (Hove, South Australia) played in 20 games. She averaged 1.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.2 steals per game. Greaves tallied season-highs of eight points, three assists and two steals against Johnson & Wales on Jan. 9. She also pulled down a season-high four rebounds at Plymouth State on Jan. 18. Greaves shot a 92 percent (12-for-13) clip from the free throw line, which proved to be the best mark on the team for the season.

 

Freshman forward Christian McDuffy (Brockton, MA) played in 28 games. She averaged 3.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.6 assists and 0.2 blocks per game. McDuffy ranked third on the team in rebounding. She posted two double-digit scoring outings, which included a season-high 14 points effort at UMass Boston on Feb. 1. McDuffy recorded season-highs of 12 rebounds and two blocks against Plymouth State on Feb. 22. She also swiped a season-high three steals at Keene State on Jan. 11 and handed out a season-high three assists at Emmanuel on Nov. 21.

 

Freshman guard Alex Moore (West Newbury, MA) was named to the Little East Conference All-Rookie Team. Moore played in 27 games, starting 20 of them, and ranked 10th in the league in minutes played (30.6 mpg). She averaged 7.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, a team-high 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. Moore ranked seventh in the league in assists and ninth in blocked shots. Meanwhile, she ranked second on the Anchorwomen with 21 three-pointers for the year and also ranked second in blocked shots and free throw shooting (.820). Moore posted eight double-digit scoring efforts and poured in a season-high 22 points, to go along with a season-high four three-pointers, against Bowdoin on Jan. 4. She gathered a season-high six rebounds on two occasions, dished out a season-high five assists on two occasions, and swiped a season-high three steals on five occasions. Moore sank a season-high eight free throws against Keene State on Feb. 8. She was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week twice on the year.

 

Freshman guard Jill Paladino (Arlington, MA) played in 14 games, starting one of them. She averaged 1.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game. Paladino posted season-highs of five points, nine rebounds and three assists against Johnson & Wales on Jan. 9.