Warwick, R.I. – March 6, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team had an up and down year but will end their season on a high note with two of their players being named All-Region XXI. The two Lady Knights were Tri-Captain Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) and Tri-Captain Amber Edwards (Boston, MA). These awards are certainly deserved with Ossian and Edwards being two of the hardest working Lady Knights' players to ever lace them up for CCRI.
Ossian came to the Community College of Rhode Island all the way for Chandler, AZ. Jesse has started all 49 games she has played in as a Lady Knight. As a freshman Jesse averaged 11.3 points, 5.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game. Ossian added two double doubles as a freshman and had her best freshman game when she faces Lincoln College of New England last year to chart a triple double consisting of 10 points, 12 rebounds and a CCRI single-game record of 16 assists! As a sophomore Jesse is averaging 13.9 points, 2.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game. she has had four double-doubles as a sophomore. For her career Jesse has 622 total points with 202 assists and 310 rebounds for her career. Ossian's 622 points ranks her No. 16 on the Lady Knights' all-time scoring list. Her career high in scoring came in her freshman year when she charted 31 vs Lackawanna College at the 2013-14 CCRI invitational in a special day because it was one of the few games her parents whom also live in Chandler AZ were able to attend.
Amber is another two-year player for the Lady Knights from Boston, MA who was coached in High School by another CCRI women's basketball star Carla Hands. Amber has started 46 of the 47 game she has played in for CCRI. As a freshman Edwards averaged 11.5 points per game, 8.1 rebounds while adding 32 assists and 24 steals. Also as a freshman she had eight double-doubles with back to back career-high scoring games of 26 points versus Bristol CC and Bunker Hill CC. As a sophomore Amber is averaging 11.8 points, 7.4 rebounds with 78 assists and 35 steals with five double-doubles. For her career Edwards has 594 points with 394 rebounds. Edwards' 594 points ranks her No. 18 on the Lady Knights' all-time scoring list.
Head Coach Brittany Brown commented on her talented sophomore Tri-Captains: "It was a joy to coach both Amber and Jesse. They truly deserve this honor. They never took a day off in practice or a game. I am glad to see their hard work be rewarded with this recognition. It has been my privilege and I couldn't be more proud."
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 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.