April 30, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) received Rhode Island College’s Helen M. Murphy Award at the College’s annual Cap and Gown ceremony on Wednesday, April 30. The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement and honors an outstanding Rhode Island College senior woman athlete.


Burns played for the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team from 2009-2013 and closed out her four-year career having played in 103 games, starting 86 of them. She totaled 849 points, 456 rebounds, 122 assists, 134 steals and 34 blocked shots. Burns averaged 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.3 blocks per game for her career. She ranks 11th 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 captained the Anchorwomen 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 (.739) and 10th in 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.




As a junior in 2011-2012, Burns played in 28 games, starting 23 of them. She worked her way back from a serious knee injury to average 6.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.9 assists per game. Burns cracked double-digits in scoring six times, posting a season-high 12 points on three occasions. She also notched a double-double of 12 points and a season-high 10 rebounds against Worcester State on Jan. 26, while also swiping a season-high three steals that same game. She swatted two shots Western Connecticut on Jan. 24 against, while handing out three assists on two occasions.


As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Burns played in 22 games, starting 20 of them. She averaged 10.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Burns highlighted her season by leading the way with a season-high 22 points to go along with nine rebounds and three steals in an overtime, 85-83, win against Trinity on Jan. 20. She posted a season-high of 12 rebounds as part of a double-double effort featuring 18 points in a 66-50 win at Salve Regina on Dec. 7. Burns swiped a season-high six steals in the season opening, 95-34, victory against Albertus Magnus on Nov. 16. She missed significant time due to a severe knee injury, but worked her way back to appear in both of RIC’s Little East Conference Tournament games.




As a freshman in 2009-2010, Burns was named to the Little East Conference’s All-Rookie Team. She played in 26 games, starting 16 of them. She averaged 5.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Burns registered season-highs of 18 points against Connecticut College on Dec. 3, five rebounds on many occasions and seven steals against Salve Regina on Dec. 8.  


Burns is a secondary education major with a concentration in math and a 2009 graduate of Rockland High School. She is slated to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College in May of 2014 and is currently an assistant women’s basketball coach at Johnson & Wales University.



The Murphy Award was established in 1979 and sponsored by the faculty of the Henry Barnard School to honor an outstanding Rhode Island College senior woman athlete. The award is named for Helen M. Murphy, a graduate of Rhode Island College in 1939, who was a member of the faculty for 38 years and taught at the Henry Barnard School, beginning in 1941, until her retirement in 1979.