NEWPORT, RI – From the time she stepped onto the Johnson & Wales University campus, Raquel Pederzani has been a starter on not one, but two programs. When her collegiate career is complete, she will go down as one of the most decorated student-athletes in Wildcat history. Her efforts in not only competition, but also in the classroom and in the community made her a natural for the Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Distinguished Student-Athlete award.
The Coventry, RI native was one of nine student-athletes recognized by the RIAIAW at the ceremony held at Salve Regina University. Founded in 1971, the AIAW was one of the biggest organizations that championed women's athletics in the 1970's and 80's. Rhode Island is one of the few states with an active AIAW Association.
Pederzani accomplished a number of firsts for the JWU women's basketball program. She became the first Wildcat to earn a spot on the D3Hoops.com All-Northeast Region team with her Third-Team selection. Pederzani was also the first women's basketball student-athlete to be named CoSIDA Academic All-American. With her First-Team All-GNAC award in February, she is the first player in program history to be named all-conference all four years of their career. In addition, she was a finalist for the national Josten's Trophy which takes into account basketball ability, academic prowess, and community service.
She finished her career as the Wildcats' all-time leader in points, assists, steals, three-pointers and free throw percentage. Pederzani broke the single-game school record with 41 points against Albertus Magnus. She ended the season sixth in the GNAC at 17.6 points per game, breaking the JWU single-season record for scoring average.
Last year Pederzani was a First-Team All-GNAC women's lacrosse selection, making her the first Wildcat to be named First-Team All-GNAC in two sports. She's only the second player in program history to amass 200 career points. Currently, she's third in the conference with 27 assists to go along with 24 goals for 51 points to rank ninth in the GNAC. Johnson & Wales is undefeated in the GNAC at 7-0 and 10-2 overall.