November 14, 2011



Providence, RI—The Rhode Island College women’s basketball team is the unanimous choice to capture the 2011-12 Little East regular-season title, according to the annual preseason coaches’ poll that was released by the conference office this afternoon. The Anchorwomen received each of the eight first-place votes for a total of 64 points to earn the program’s highest ranking in the 15-year history of the coaches’ survey.


The University of Southern Maine has been projected to finish second after receiving 54 points, while Eastern Connecticut State University (43) and Keene State College (40) completed the top-half of the preseason poll.




“Being chosen by our peers to win the Little East is a special recognition considering the amount of respect we have for the coaches and programs in our conference,” Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. “Competing for the conference title and positively representing the Little East in our non-conference schedule are responsibilities that we do not take lightly.”


Rhode Island College became just the second team in school history to reach 20 victories in a single-season, matching the previous standard set by the 1997-98 squad.  A year ago, the Anchorwomen posted an overall record of 20-7, including a 9-5 mark within the conference circuit.


Rhode Island College earned the No. 4 seed in the 2011 Little East Tournament and defeated fifth-seeded UMass Dartmouth to reach the semifinal round for the first time in six years. The Anchorwomen led the conference in three-point percentage (.342) and steals (11.3 per game), while ranking second in assists (14.5 per game), scoring margin (+12.7) and scoring offense (69.9 ppg). Rhode Island College scored at least 80 points seven times in 2011, including a season-best 95 against Albertus Magnus.


Head Coach Marcus Reilly welcomes back eight players from the 2010-11 squad, which includes four starters. The Rhode Island College offensive attack will be led by the interior and exterior combination of 2011 First Team All-Little East selections Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) and Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI). Riley was dominant inside the paint, averaging a double-double of 14.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game as a junior. The majority of Coro’s production (18.4 ppg) came from the perimeter, knocking down 63 of her 167 (.377) attempts from behind the three-point arc.


The Anchorwomen open the 2011-12 schedule on Saturday, Nov. 19, when they travel to the University of New England (2 p.m.).