Women's Basketball Stumbles At Louisville, 67-48

Jan. 9, 2010

Box Score

LOUISVILLE, KY. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Louisville, 67-48, in BIG EAST Conference action on Saturday, January 9 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. Louisville ran away with the game late with a 14-0 scoring run in the final five minutes of play. Providence senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) led all scorers with 21 points in the effort and was the lone Friar to reach double figures. Louisville had four players in double digits, led by Becky Burke's 18 points.

The Friars got off to a rough start from the field and hit just one field goal in the first 12:45 of the game. Meanwhile, the Cardinals were able to mount an 18-point lead (22-4) with 12:11 left in the first half. At the 7:17 mark, Marandola knocked down a runner to set the Friars off on a 23-10 scoring run to close the half. Louisville escaped to the locker room at the break with just a 32-27 lead. Providence got within three points (30-27) with 43-seconds left in the half, but Louisville's Burke answered at the other end with a jumper from the right elbow. Marandola led all scorers in the half with 14 points. Burke led Louisville with nine points.

In the opening two minutes of the second half, the Friars got within one point (34-33) on back-to-back three pointers by Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) and Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.). The Cardinals were able to answer each time to maintain their lead and eventually pushed out to an eight-point advantage (41-33) with 15:09 to play. At the 10:55 mark, Providence got within striking distance on a jumper by Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) to make the score 43-40, but the Cards went on a 8-2 run to expand their lead to nine (51-42) with 7:08 to play.



The Friars challenged the Cards again and cut the lead to five (53-48) with a small offensive flurry, but then went cold with 5:03 to play. The Friars missed their final six shots of the contest and turned the ball over four times down the stretch as the Cardinals finished the game on a 14-0 run.

Louisville out-rebounded Providence, 67-48. The Cards also out-scored the Friars, 32-6, in the paint.

Roberts led the Friars on the boards with seven rebounds. She also added seven points, three assists and two steals in 29 minutes off the bench. Marandola, with her 21 points, moves into seventh place on Providence's all-time career scoring list with 1,449 points. She surpassed Lucie Fontanella '94 (1,446).

Keshia Hines and Nikki Burton each scored 13 points for Louisville, while Monique Reid added 12. Hines and Reid led the Cards on the boards with nine rebounds apiece.

Providence returns to action on Tuesday, January 12 against 25th-ranked Georgetown in BIG EAST regular-season play. The game will be played at McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. After completion of the Georgetown game, the Friars will return to Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium to host three-straight home games, beginning with Seton Hall on Saturday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m.

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