March 25, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
It was announced on Monday, March 25 that Providence College junior guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) earned the Bill Reynolds Award as the Rhode Island Division I Men's Player of Year. Providence College senior women's basketball player Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) earned the Mary Burke Award as Rhode Island Division I Women's Player of the Year. The awards are voted on annually by media members throughout the State of Rhode Island.
Cotton has led the Friars to an 18-14 mark and a 9-9 record in the BIG EAST. The Friars are playing Robert Morris in the Second Round of the NIT tonight. Cotton earned All-BIG EAST First-Team honors earlier this month. Cotton has had an impressive season for the Friars. He finished the BIG EAST season as the scoring leader, averaging 18.3 points per game. He is the fifth Friar all-time to lead the league in scoring, and the first since Marshon Brooks (26.0 ppg) in 2011. Cotton became the 10th Friar all-time to earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors and the first since Brooks earned the accolade in 2011. It also is the 11th time a PC player has received All-BIG EAST First Team honors. Cotton has scored 20 or more points in 17 of the 30 games he has played this season, including a season-high 33 points versus Boston College on December 22. He also leads the team and the BIG EAST in scoring in overall action, averaging 19.6 ppg. Cotton leads the BIG EAST in three-point field goals made per game (3.1).
Roberts led the women's basketball team in scoring (14.7 ppg), assists (4.5 apg) and steals (3.3 spg) during the 2012-13 campaign. For her efforts, she earned All-BIG EAST Second-Team honors, becoming the first Friar to earn All-Conference recognition since Chelsea Marandola `10 (First Team 2010, Second Team 2007). Prior to Marandola, the last All-BIG EAST honorees from Providence College were awarded in 1997 (Nadine Malcolm, Second Team and Kerri Chatten, Third Team). Roberts became the 31st player in program history to reach the 1,000-point career milestone and finished her career ranked 24th on the Friars' all-time scoring list with 1,074 points. She also dished 135 assists during the season, marking the most assists by a Friar since 1997-98. Roberts also completes her career ranked ninth all-time in assists (351). Additionally, her 98 steals on the year are the second-highest, single-season total in program history, falling just short of the all-time record set by Tracy Lis `92 during the 1991-92 season (101). Roberts reached double figures in the scoring column in 26 of 30 games, including a team-best six, 20+ point games.
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