Women's Basketball Wins BIG EAST Opener Against Villanova, 52-38

Jan. 6, 2010

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Villanova, 52-38, to open BIG EAST Conference action on January 6. The match-up was played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. The Friar victory breaks a streak of 11-straight losses to the Wildcats. Providence improves to 10-4 overall and 1-0 in the BIG EAST Conference. Villanova drops to 10-3 (0-1 BIG EAST).

Providence took a 28-20 lead into the locker room at halftime after shooting 50-percent from the field (12-24). Villanova hit just eight-of-22 field goal attempts in the opening half (36.4-percent). Senior Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) hit three of her four three-point attempts in the half to lead the Friar offense with nine points. The Wildcats got seven first-half points from Laura Sweeney off the bench.

Villanova opened the second half on a 13-4 run to take a 33-32 lead with 11:55 on the clock. After trading a few baskets, the game was tied at 37-37 with 8:23 left. At that point, the Friars dialed up their defense, and forced the Wildcats into six of their 16 turnovers. Providence also held Villanova without a field goal in the final 8:23 of the game. The Wildcats managed just one point in the decisive stretch as Sarah Jones netted one of two free-throws with 1:01 to play.

Freshman Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) and sophomore Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.) combined for four of the Friars six steals in the stretch. Roberts finished the night with a career-high five thefts and added six points and three assists.

Senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) paced the Friar offense with 15 points, including 11 in the second half of play. Marandola has reached double-figures in 19-straight games dating back to the end of last season.



Dorsey completed the night with nine points, while senior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) added eight points. Marandola and Cournoyer each hauled in a game-high seven rebounds.

Sweeney scored a game-high 17 points for Villanova on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Jesse Carey and Heather Scanlon each grabbed five boards.

The Friars return to action on Saturday, January 9 against Louisville. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.


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