For Immediate Release


November 14, 2007


Rhode Island College Menís Basketball Picked to Finish First in Little East Conference Preseason Poll
RIC Womenís Hoop Tabbed Sixth


Providence, RIóThe Rhode Island College menís basketball team was picked to finish first for the third consecutive season following a vote by the leagueís eight head coaches in the annual Little East Conference Menís Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll.


Under the guidance of Head Coach Bob Walsh, the menís basketball team earned five first place votes and a total of 46 points to edge conference rival Keene State College for the top spot by just two markers. Last season, Rhode Island College advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, where they fell to the eventual national champions: Amherst College, and established a new school record with a 27-4 record. The Anchormen return six lettermen from the 2007 Little East Conference Tournament Championship team, including two of their three leading scorers in junior guards Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) and Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY). Walsh led his charges to an upset of Division I Patriot League perennial powerhouse Holy Cross, 61-60, in Worcester, Mass. on Nov. 1 in an exhibition tilt. Rhode Island College opens its 2007-08 schedule at the Wesleyan University Tip Off Tournament on Friday, Nov. 16 when the Anchormen face Western New England College at 6 p.m.




 Junior Guard Bobby Bailey

Junior Guard Tirrell Hill



In addition, the Rhode Island College womenís basketball squad was picked to finish sixth in the annual Little East Conference Womenís Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll.


Head Coach Spencer Manningís team received 22 points to earn the sixth ranking in the coachesí preseason poll. Last season, Rhode Island College qualified for its first postseason appearance in eight years by earning the eighth seed in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) N.E. Basketball Championships. The Anchorwomen (17-11) upset top-seeded Colby-Sawyer in the quarterfinal round, but were edged in the semifinals with an overtime loss at Wheaton College. Rhode Island College welcomes back six letterwinners from the 2007 edition, including senior point guard Sarah Coughlin (North Attleboro, MA). Coughlin will guide the Anchorwomen attack for the fourth consecutive season, setting up their top-offensive threats in junior forward Cassi Malec (Johnston, RI) and junior guard Tyla Martin (Cumberland, RI). Rhode Island College hits the hardwood on Friday, Nov. 16, when the Anchorwomen battle Tufts at the Endicott College Tournament at 5:30 p.m.



Senior Guard Sarah Coughlin

Junior Forward Cassi Malec



 Junior Guard Tyla Martin