February 26, 2007


Rhode Island College Women’s Basketball
Earns ECAC Tournament Berth

Providence, RI The Rhode Island College women’s basketball team earned a berth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Div. III Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Anchorwomen are making their first appearance in the eight-team field for the first time since the 1997-98 cagers advanced to the semifinal round.


Rhode Island College (16-11) earned the eighth seed and will travel to top-seeded Colby Sawyer College (22-5) at 7 pm. on Feb. 28. Ticket prices will be $4 for general admission and $2 for students.


In other ECAC tourney action, second-seeded WPI will host seventh-seeded Nichols, third-seeded Endicott will host sixth-seeded Castleton State and fourth-seeded Wheaton will host fifth-seeded Suffolk.


Under the direction of Head Coach Spencer Manning, the Anchorwomen registered 16 victories for the second time in the past four seasons. Rhode Island College earned the fourth seed in the 2007 Little East Conference Tournament with a league mark of 8-6. The Anchorwomen were edged by fifth-seed Eastern Connecticut State University, 67-57, in the opening round of the Little East Tournament on Feb. 20.


Junior forward Josalee Danieli (New Gloucester, ME) and senior forward Kari Geisler (Deerfield, NH) lead the Rhode Island College attack with 12.3 and 12.2 points-per-game averages, respectively. Geisler also leads the team in rebounding (10.3 rpg) and blocks (17), while junior guard Sarah Coughlin (North Attleboro, MA) has posted a team-high 120 assists and 68 steals.