Ring of Honor Grows
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The women's basketball player credited with starting the Colonials on their winning ways is the second person named to the university's Ring of Honor. Sugeiry Monsac ‘07, a 2014 RMU Hall of Fame inductee and 2005 NEC Player of the Year, returned for a halftime ceremony at RMU's Northeast Conference game against Saint Francis Brooklyn on January 8.
“I’m honored to see her coming back and having the jersey lowered,” said first-year women's basketball head coach Charlie Buscaglia. “She was the one who really catapulted this program forward.”
Monsac, from the Dominican Republic, came to RMU from Arizona Western Junior College. She was heavily recruited, and when Monsac was deciding where to attend, she wanted a place that would involve her immediately. In 2003-04, before Monsac’s arrival, the Colonials went 3-24.
p>In her first season at RMU, she won NEC Player of the Year, averaging 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. The team finished 20-10 that season, marking the third-largest win increase in NCAA history. In her senior season, Monsac returned from injury to lead the team to its first NCAA Tournament berth. During her three seasons on the roster, the Colonials compiled a record of 64-27.
Monsac is the second person named to the university's Ring of Honor. The other is men's basketball player Chipper Harris (1980-84).