April 17, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior standout Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) has signed on to play semi-professional basketball for the New England Thunder of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL).


“I’m really excited for the opportunity to continue my basketball career at such a competitive level,” said Burns, who is slated to graduate from Rhode Island in May of 2014 with a degree in secondary education.


The Thunder are based out of Brockton, Mass. and are comprised of some of the most talented women’s basketball players in New England and in the Northeast. The WBCBL consists of nearly 50 teams across the country and had more than 15 players garner professional contracts overseas in the last year alone.





Burns closed out her four-year career with the Anchorwomen this past winter, having played in 103 games and starting 86 of them. She totaled 849 points, 456 rebounds, 122 assists, 94 steals and 34 blocked shots. Burns averaged 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.3 blocks per game for her career. She ranks 10th all-time in games played and 14th in career rebounds.


As a senior in 2012-2013, Burns was named First Team All-Little East and named to the league’s All-Defensive team. She was named the women’s basketball team’s MVP and was one of three Anchorwomen to play and start in all 27 games this season. Burns averaged a team-high 10.4 points per game to go along with 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game. She finished seventh in the Little East Conference in free throw percentage (73.9%) and 10th minutes played (30.9 mpg).


Burns reached double figures in scoring 15 times during the season, which included the final six games of the season, and posted a career-high 27 points against Western Connecticut on Feb. 13. She also recorded a career-high 11 rebounds against Salve Regina on Dec. 4, handed out a career-high five assists against Johnson & Wales on Dec. 19, swatted a pair of shots against Southern Maine on Feb. 10 and registered four steals on three occasions.