Grad Year: 1985
Year Inducted: 2003
Christine Donilon was a standout on Rhode Island College’s women’s basketball team during the early 1980s. She was the first women’s player in RIC history to reach the 1,000-point milestone, closing out her career with 1,333 points. She currently ranks fourth all-time in career scoring at RIC .
The women’s basketball team earned post-season berths in each of Donilon’s four seasons at RIC. As a senior in 1982-83, Donilon co-captained the team, averaged 12.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg as the Anchorwomen earned a berth in the NCAA Div. III Women’s Basketball Tournament. Donilon was part of the first-ever R.I. All-Star Team, made up of women’s players from Rhode Island, to travel to Ireland in 1979-80 where they faced competition from all over Europe.
She is a 1979 graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School where she starred in cross country, basketball, track and softball. She was an Honorable Mention All-American and a First Team All-State selection during her basketball career. She also earned All-State honors in track. Donilon was a part of three Rhode Island State Championship teams in basketball at St. Francis Xavier, where she played under Joe Conley who later coached her at RIC.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rhode Island College in 1985. A native of Providence, she worked for the city’s Recreation Department for 15 years from 1988-03, serving as a program administrator from 1995-03.