April 11, 1997

    Providence's Dana Simonelli Tours With Big East All-Stars This Summer

    Providence, RI -- Sophomore Dana Simonelli (Toms River, NJ/Toms River North) was recently named to the 13-member 1997 BIG EAST/Nike Women's Basketball All-Star squad which will tour Denmark and Sweden on June 1-11, 1997.

    A 6-1 center for the Lady Friars, Simonelli started six of 26 games this season and averaged 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds.

    "Dana deserves this recognition and has worked hard to improve on her game," said first year head coach Jim Jabir. "It will benefit her tremendously to play with some of the best players in the conference and to play against some of the best players in the world."

    This is the eighth consecutive year that The BIG EAST Conference is sending a women's basketball all-star squad abroad. The team will have six games during the 10 days and will be coached by Georgetown University's Patrick Knapp. Among the teams the all-stars will face are the Denmark National Team and the Swedish Under-23 National Team.