Women's Basketball Hangs On To Defeat Syracuse, 71-69

Jan. 19, 2010

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team held on for a 71-69 victory against BIG EAST foe Syracuse on Tuesday, January 19 in Providence, R.I. With the victory, the Friars improve to 12-6 overall and 3-2 in the BIG EAST. Syracuse falls to 15-3 and 2-3 in league play.

Seniors Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.), Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) combined for 49 of the Friars' 71 points in the victory. Marandola led way with 19 points and added a game-high nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. With her 19 points, she eclipses 1,500 points for her career (1,507).

Cournoyer chipped in 18 points, six rebounds and two assists. The Friars' versatile center was 7-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc. Dorsey rounded out the list of Providence players in double figures with 12 points.

The Friars started the game with nine unanswered points in the first four minutes of play before the Orange quickly answered to tie the game, 9-9, with 13:59 showing on the clock. Providence went on a 16-2 run during the next 3:38 to make the score 25-11 with 10:21 remaining on the clock. The 14-point margin marked the largest lead of the game for Providence.

The Orange settled in and got within four points (43-39) with 27 seconds remaining in the half, before Cournoyer hit her second three-pointer of the game to give the Friars a 46-39 edge at halftime.

In the second half, Syracuse took its first lead of the game (49-18) on a lay-up by Carmen Tyson-Thomas with 17:10 to play. The two teams traded baskets before Providence took control and pushed its lead to eight (62-54) with 11:14 remaining in the game. Providence was held without a point during the next 3:42 and Syracuse pulled within two (62-60) with 7:43 on the clock. Providence forward Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) halted the drought with a free-throw to give Providence a 63-60 advantage at the 7:32 mark.

 

 

Vionca Murray followed with a lay-up and Tyler Ash converted a conventional three-point play to give the Orange their largest lead of the game (65-63) with 6:05 remaining. The Friars would have to tie the game twice more down the stretch, before taking the lead for good on a three-pointer from junior Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) with 4:07 remaining (70-67).

Dorsey gave the Friars a 71-67 lead on a free throw with 2:38 on the clock and it would prove to be their final point of the evening. Syracuse could not capitalize in the final two minutes as it missed each of its last three field-goal attempts and hit just 2-of-6 free throws.

Juanita Ward led Syracuse with 18 points. Kayla Alexander and Tyson-Thomas came off the bench to record 14 points and 10 points, respectively. Tyson-Thomas also led the Orange on the boards with nine rebounds.

The Friars return to action Saturday, January 23 against league foe Pittsburgh in Providence, R.I. The game will be televised live as part of the conference's BIG EAST Game of the Week package and is scheduled to tip-off at 2:04 p.m. Please check your local listings.

At halftime of the Providence vs. Pittsburgh match-up, the College will retire the jersey of former Friar great Kathy Finn Hill '84. A jersey retirement also will take place for former Friar athletic administrator, the late Helen Bert.

- GO FRIARS! -

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