Duo from Derry Lead Turnaround at RIC

By Kamran Alemdar, Athletic Media Relations Intern


 Freshmen Kari Geisler and Brittany Rosen, both from Derry, NH, have had a major impact on the much improved Rhode Island College women’s basketball team this season as the Anchorwomen are trying to be a top contender in the very competitive Little East Conference (LEC).

Geisler leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, putting up 13.2 points and grabbing 8.9 rebounds per contest. “Kari’s inside presence on both offense and defense is very valuable to our team,” RIC Head Coach Spencer Manning said. Rosen is one of only two players who have started all 20 games and she is averaging 6.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. “Brittany is an undersized post player who makes up for height with aggressiveness. She is one of the best rebounders on the team,” Manning said. 


Geisler and Rosen both attended Pinkerton Academy where they had successful high school careers with various individual achievements, such as Geisler being named a First Team All-Star and Rosen earning Honorable Mention All-State Team honors.


The former high school teammates were both recruited to attend RIC and they decided it would be a good experience to go to college together. “We know each other well and have experienced a lot together. We know each others’ skills and whereabouts on the court, which makes us communicate well,” Geisler said. “We were promised a lot of time and knew we could contribute right away,” Rosen added. What also attracted the Derry natives to RIC was the fact that the school is located in Providence, which compared to the girls’ hometown, is a big city. “It is nice to be in a city, especially if you grew up in a small town. There is always something to do here,” both Rosen and Geisler agreed upon.


RIC is rebounding from a 3-23 record last year and is currently in a rebuilding process that Geisler and Rosen are an essential part of. “The future holds a lot for us, seeing that our team is doing as well as we are in a rebuilding year,” Rosen said. The Anchorwomen are currently 12-8 overall and hold a 4-5 record in the LEC.


Rosen and Geisler are both two sport varsity athletes at RIC. Rosen is getting ready to compete for the lacrosse team in the spring, while Geisler was a key part of a very successful season for the volleyball team last fall.


The duo from Derry, along with the rest of their teammates, hope to improve their LEC record to an even 5-5 mark as they host LEC rival UMass-Boston on Saturday, Feb, 7 in The Murray Center at 1 p.m.