Women's Basketball Announces Three Additions To Incoming Class

April 17, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College women’s basketball Head Coach Jim Crowley announced today [April 17] that Andrea Cooper (Edmond, Oklahoma), Kyra Spiwak (Arlington Heights, Illinois) and Chanell Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) have each signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Providence College beginning in the Fall of 2017. The trio joins Olivia Orlando (Winthrop, Mass.), who signed with Friars in November. It marks the first recruiting class for Crowley, who recently completed his first season with the Friars and helped guide Providence to a seven-game improvement in the win column.

“These three student-athletes, along with Liv Orlando are people and players that will help our program and our campus,” Crowley said. “They are talented team players who know how to work hard and what it takes to win.”

Cooper, a 5-foot, 10-inch, forward, currently attends Edmond Santa Fe High School, where she is coached by Paul Bass. She is the No. 49th-ranked power forward in the class of 2017, according to the Girls’ Basketball Report. As a senior, she averaged 10.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game, while guiding Edmond Santa Fe to a 25-5 overall record. She also plays for DFW Elite for Head Coach Daryl Horton.

“Andrea is a skilled forward who plays with great energy,” Crowley said. “She passes the ball very well for her position and knows how to score. She played on very successful high school and AAU programs and has done a lot of winning.”

Spiwak, a 5-foot, 9-inch, guard, currently attends Rolling Meadows High School, where she played for Ryan Kirkorsky. During the 2016-17 season, Spiwak averaged 17.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. She scored over 1,000 career points during her high school career and earned All-Area First-Team recognition, Chicago Tribune All-State Honorable Mention and IBCA Third-Team All-State accolades. Spiwak also plays for All In Athletics AAU under the direction of Head Coach Kahleaf Russell.



“Kyra is a player who does whatever she needs to help her team be successful,” Crowley said. “She has been very well coached and will give us length and versatility on the perimeter. Kyra is a tough competitor who will help make us better every day.”

Williams, a 5-foot, 4-inch, point guard, attends Monsignor Scanlan High School, where she is coached by Tom Catalanotto and Mercedes Dukes. Voted the Player of the Year by the Bronx Times, she averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game as a senior. Williams also earned CHSAA First Team and All-NYC Second-Team honors, in addition to receiving Max Preps Player of the Game recognition 11 times during the year. She also plays for Head Coach Kevin White with the NYC Heat.

“Chanell is a NYC point guard,” Crowley said. “She knows how to get in the paint and make good things happen. She is a really good athlete who comes from a very successful program. Chanell knows how to run a team and make plays.”


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