Transfers fill vital roles for women’s hoop team

The RIC women’s basketball team is off to its best start in 17 years and two transfer guards, sophomore Brittany Saccoccio and senior Denise Scott, have been key contributors to the Anchorwomen’s current 8-1 overall record and 1-1 mark in the Little East Conference.

Brittany Saccoccio
Saccoccio, a point guard from Glocester, leads the team with 22 assists, ranks second with 22 steals and has contributed a 4.9 ppg average. After Saccoccio finished a solid career at Ponaganset High School – traditionally one of the strongest Div. I girls basketball programs in Rhode Island – she decided to go to C.W. Post on Long Island. When things didn’t work out as planned, she contacted RIC head women’s basketball coach Marcus Reilly and transferred back to the Ocean State.

“I always said if I was going to play Div. III basketball, I was going to play at Rhode Island College, just because it was so close to home and I love Rhode Island,” Saccoccio said. “The only reason why I transferred here was because of Coach Reilly. I have known him for a while, so I trusted him that I was going to have a lot better experience here.”

Scott, a dynamic, slashing guard, is a terror on the court defensively and has added versatility to the Anchorwomen’s offense. This is Scott’s second stint in Rhode Island as the Yonkers, N.Y., native started off her collegiate career with the Community College of Rhode Island in 2006-07 and ‘07-08 before attending Le Moyne last winter.

Denise Scott
“I had an opportunity to max out and help change this program around to a championship level,” Scott said about making the move to RIC. “Playing for Coach Reilly, I knew that I had my best opportunity to do this.”

The two years she spent at CCRI under then head coach Reilly, she was an NJCAA All-American and an All-Region XXI selection. In 2007-08, she played in 31 games, averaging 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. In just two years as a Knight, she scored 911 points, ranking just behind current RIC associate head coach and RIC Athletic Hall of Famer Claudia DeFaria.

Last season with Le Moyne College, she played in 18 games and averaged 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal a game.

This year, as a key player coming off the bench, she is averaging 11.2 points, ranking third on the team, and 3.3 rebounds a game. She also has a team-high 31 steals, swiping a season-high seven as the Anchorwomen crushed UMass Boston, 78-43, to close out the fall semester on Dec. 12.

The Anchorwomen will next see action on Jan. 3 and 4 at the Williams Tournament. Rhode Island College’s next home game is on Tuesday, Jan. 12, against perennial Little East powerhouse Southern Maine.