Lady Knights’ Raposo Earns Third Team All-American Honors!
Warwick, R.I. – April 10, 2019: The Community College of Rhode Island Lady Knights basketball team received some good news this week with one of their Captains earning All-American honors. Co-Captain Kat Raposo (Warwick, RI) was named NJCAA Division II Third Team All-American on Monday.
Raposo, who is a two-sport star at CCRI, excelling on both the soccer pitch and basketball court has capped her amazing sophomore campaign with her first All-American honor. Raposo was named a captain in her sophomore campaign and did everything first year Head Coach Doug Haynes asked of her on the court. She was a fierce defender who on offense can be a primary ball handler or play off the ball. Kat can look to create her own shot or drive and kick to find an open teammate which made her very difficult for opponents to manage. Her role on the team changed as the season progressed and due to injuries to starters she was thrust into the primary scoring role where she flourished and put forth her best games in a Lady Knights uniform.
Raposo led the Lady Knights in scoring and steals averaging 17.2 points per game and 2.8 steals per game. Kat was also the most efficient scorer for CCRI with a 46% field goal percentage. In addition, she also averaged 3.0 assists per game. In her sophomore season Raposo scored in double-figures 21 out of 25 games she played in which included nine games scoring twenty points or more and two games scoring thirty points or more. She also authored two double-doubles including a 28 point & 10 rebound stat line versus Gateway CC in November and a 19 point 13 rebound effort versus UConn-Avery Point in December.
Kat saved her best games for the postseason where she really had to step up for her teammates after two starters were hurt in their final two regular season games. In the Region XV/XXI Tournament Semifinal the Lady Knights faced the Colts of Orange County Community College and Raposo scored a career-high 32 points with four rebounds, three steals and two assists to lead CCRI to a 67-60 victory. In the Regional Championship game she put forth her second highest point total in a Lady Knights uniform scoring 30 points with six rebounds, six assist and two steals in a defeat to Sullivan County. However, due to her tremendous effort versus Orange the Lady Knights had qualified for the District N/O Tournament where they faced eventual NJCAA Division II National Tournament runner-up Owls of Union County (NJ). Once again Raposo had an excellent day though the Lady Knights fell 80-52 it was not due to Kat's efforts as she scored 24 points with four rebounds, three steals and an assist.
Raposo earning NJCAA Women's Basketball Third Team All-American honors was a well-earned achievement for the Sophomore Co-Captain and something that definitely made her Coach Doug Haynes happy. He commented about his first All-American: "Kat works very hard and was a key part of the team that did anything we asked of her. If we need her to score, she scores, if we need defense she provides that. It is why she was one of our captains."
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.