April 1, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College sophomore forward Vandell Andrade (Providence, RI) received the Kevin McNamara Div. III Women’s Player of the Year award, while Head Coach Kara Williamson was named the Tom Carmody Div. III Women’s Coach of the Year and Head Coach Bob Walsh was given the Jim Baron Div. III Coach of the Year Award, at the annual Cox Sports Rhode Island Basketball Media Awards Luncheon on Monday afternoon held at the Rhode Island College Recreation Center.


Andrade posted a banner season for the Anchorwomen, as she was named Second Team All-Region by NEWBA, the Little East Conference Player of the Year, the LEC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Little East, and earned a spot on the league’s All-Defensive Team. She is just the second player in conference history to earn Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same campaign. The 2014 Little East Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, Andrade started in all 29 games this season for RIC and led the conference circuit in both rebounding (12.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (.564). She also led the league in steals (3.0 spg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.8 bpg), and third in scoring (14.0 ppg).




The sophomore posted 18 double-doubles and reached double-digits in scoring 22 times, while pouring in at least 20 points on five separate occasions. Andrade registered a season-high 24 points against Plymouth State on Feb. 25 in the opening round of the 2014 Little East Conference Tournament. Meanwhile, she hauled in at least 11 rebounds in 17 games, including a season-best 22 rebounds in a pair of contests against Keene State College. Andrade registered at least one steal in 28 of 29 games this past winter and racked up a season-best six steals and six blocks at UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 18. Andrade earned Little East Player of the Week honors three times this season.


Williamson shared the Div. III Women’s Coach of the Year award with Roger Williams Head Coach Kelly Thompson.  In her second season at the helm of the program, Williamson was named the Little East Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year earlier in the year. She has guided the Anchorwomen to a 20-9 overall record. RIC secured the program’s second-ever Little East Regular Season Championship by finishing first overall with an 11-3 league mark. The Anchorwomen went on to clinch the program’s second Little East Tournament Championship with wins over Plymouth State, 56-45, on Feb. 25, Western Connecticut, 56-46, on Feb. 28 and Southern Maine, 64-59, on March 1. Upon reaching the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last three seasons, RIC fell to Haverford, 53-48, in the opening round to close out the 2013-14 campaign.


Walsh earned the Div. III Men’s Coach of the Year award for the second straight season. Walsh’s team finished the 2013-2014 season with a 20-9 overall record and an 11-3 mark in the Little East Conference. Following a second-place finish in the standings during the regular season, the Anchormen went on to make their eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after winning their sixth Little East Conference Tournament Championship in the last 10 years. RIC upended previously-undefeated Eastern Connecticut, 70-61, in the LEC title game en route to the NCAAs, handing the Warriors their first conference loss of the season along the way. Rhode Island College was awarded a home game for the First Round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, but fell to York (NY) at The Murray Center, 79-54, on March 6 to close out the season.