Women's Basketball Falls To Pitt, 72-58

Jan. 23, 2010

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to BIG EAST foe Pittsburgh, 72-58, on January 23 in Providence, R.I. The loss snaps a two-game win streak in league play for the Friars as they fall to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in the BIG EAST. Pitt improves to 12-7 (1-5 BIG EAST).

Senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) led the Friar effort with 22 points, eight rebounds, six steals and two assists. Eighteen of her points came in the second half of play and her six steals matches a career-high. She also moves into 19th place on the Friars' career rebounding list (571), surpassing Joanie Powers '86.

Providence found itself in a hole during the first half of play after shooting just 7-of-31 from the field (22.6-percent). Compounding the issue was a 33-19 deficit in rebounding during the opening 20 minutes. Senior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) led the Friars with six points in half as the Friars struggled to find their offensive identity. Meanwhile, Taneisha Harrison put the Panthers on her back and recorded 14 points and six rebounds.

The Friars cut the deficit to eight points (45-37) with 9:39 remaining in the game, but it proved as close as they would get down the stretch. Pittsburgh hit 27-of-32 free-throws in the second half and maintained its strong-hold on the boards with a 27-18 advantage.

Harrison completed the day with 22 points and nine rebounds. Shayla Scott and Jania Simms added 13 points and 11 points, respectively.

Cournoyer joined Marandola in double figures with 10 points and contributed four rebounds.

Providence connected on six more field goals than Pitt in the game, but the Panthers capitalized on 37 made free throws and 60-37 advantage in rebounding.

The Friars will return to action on January 27 against No. 4/5 Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

- GO FRIARS! -

 

 

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