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Vandell Andrade Named Second Team All-Region by NEWBA
Providence, R.I. – The New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) named Rhode Island College sophomore forward Vandell Andrade (Providence, R.I.) Second Team All-Region for her performance this season.
Andrade, an All-Rookie Team selection as a freshman last winter, was named the 2014 Little East Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Little East Conference and garnered a spot on the league’s All-Defensive Team. She has turned in a dominant performance this season and became just the second women’s basketball player in Little East Conference history to earn two major awards in the same year. The Providence native is also the second Anchorwoman in the program’s history to win the prestigious Player of the Year Award and the first since Claudia DeFaria in 1995.
Andrade, the 2014 Little East Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, led the conference circuit in rebounding (12.3 rpg) and ranked first in field goal percentage, as she shot at a 56 percent (167-for-296) clip from the floor. 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 in a pair of contests against Keene State College. Andrade earned Little East Player of the Week honors three times this season.
Andrade is the second Rhode Island College women's basketball player to be honored as the top defender in the conference, joining Cynthia Gaudet in 2012. She anchored an Anchorwoman defensive attack that ranked third in the Little East in scoring defense, limiting their opponents to 54.1 points per game. A tremendous ball hawk, Andrade registered at least one steal in all 29 games this past winter. She racked up a season-best six steals and six blocks at UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 18.
Head Coach Kara Williamson’s Anchorwomen posted 20-9 overall record. RIC secured the program’s second-ever Little East Regular Season Championship by finishing first 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. RIC lost to Haverford, 53-48, in first round action of the 2014 NCAA Div. III Women’s Basketball Tournament on March 7.