2009-10 women’s basketball team readies for tip-off

Marcus Reilly designs a play for his team.
The RIC women’s basketball team is ready to bring the heat to The Murray Center this winter.

Last season, RIC finished with an overall record of 10-16 and were 5-9 (sixth place) in the Little East Conference. Now with a mix of some old and new faces, they look to get hot right from the start and never look back.

With only six returnees from last year, head coach Marcus Reilly will turn to them to play a key role. “The six returning players really understand we need chemistry both on and off the floor,” Reilly said.

“We want to make progress day by day,” Reilly added. “It is a completely new group as we move forward this year. We can’t lose all the lessons we learned last year and all the sacrifices we made.”

Stephanie Coro takes a free throw.
Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro is an important returnee to this year’s edition. As just a freshman last winter, she averaged 14.6 points per game. Coro was selected Second Team All-Little East and the league’s Rookie of the Year. She also made the All-Rookie Team.

“This summer I played a lot of basketball with my team, and I also worked out at Northeastern Sport Training,” Coro said. “Most of the team went there too.”

Not one of the coaches told the team to get together over the summer, but the returning players knew that they had to build their chemistry way before the first game.

“The 2009-10 season started after the last game of the 2008-09 season,” senior captain Alice Mullen said.

Sophomore forward Rachel Riley, another member of the 2009 LEC All-Rookie Team proved she was a force in the paint during her rookie campaign, which saw her lead the team in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and rank fourth in scoring (6.8 ppg). Senior guard LaSheena Boyd and Mullen will patrol the backcourt and provide valuable leadership.

Sophomore transfer Brittany Saccoccio, a guard, is a key newcomer who can’t wait to put on her No. 12 Anchorwoman jersey this season. “If I could not get into a Division II school, I always thought I would come play for RIC,” she said. “Then I found out that coach Reilly was here and I wanted to come play for him because he is an amazing coach.”

The Anchorwomen will open up the season – and their quest for success – on Nov. 17 at home in The Murray Center.