Women's Basketball Defeats Cincinnati In Double Overtime, 82-71

Feb. 3, 2009

Final Stats

CINCINNATI, OHIO - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Cincinnati, 82-71, in double overtime on February 3 at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Providence senior guard Catherine Bove (Cincinnati, Ohio) returned to her hometown wearing a Friar uniform and dropped a season-high 23 points on the Bearcats. She hit 7-of-9 attempts from the floor on the night, including a perfect 6-of-6 shots from beyond the three-point arc.

Providence took a 36-29 lead into the locker room behind a 14-point effort from Bove. Bove hit 5-of-5 attempts from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, including 4-of-4 attempts from beyond the three-point arc. Senior Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) chipped in 10 first half points for the Friars. Cincinnati was led offensively in the opening 20 minutes by Jill Stephens, who registered 15 points. Stephens scored 11 of the Bearcats' first 14 points to start the game.

Cincinnati started the second half on an 11-2 scoring run to take a 40-38 lead with 16:34 on the clock. Stephens fueled the run with seven points, including a three-pointer to give the Bearcats the lead. Junior Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) sank two free throws at 14:18 to tie the game, 40-40, and sent Stephens to the Cincinnati bench with her fourth foul. The Friars were able to regain the lead (48-47) on a Bove three pointer (her fifth of the game) at 8:47 and freshman Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.) added a driving layup for a three-point lead (50-47) at 7:58.

Cincinnati responded with a 13-6 scoring run to take a four-point lead with 3:47 left in the game (60-56). Stephens was responsible for the damage, as she returned to the court from foul trouble to score eight points in the run. The Bearcats pushed their lead to seven (63-56) with 2:17 remaining in regulation on a Shanasa Sanders three pointer. Providence fought back in the closing minutes, holding Cincinnati scoreless the rest of the way and netting seven unanswered points. Marandola capped the run for Providence and forced overtime on a three-point basket with less than a minute to play.



In the first overtime, the two teams traded baskets and the score was knotted at 68-68 with 35 seconds remaining. The Bearcats let the clock wind down to 10 seconds and called a timeout. Bove came up with a steal for the Friars with six seconds left and Providence called a timeout. The ball was knocked out of bounds on the baseline with 0.5 seconds left on the game clock. Junior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) cut to the basket on the inbounds play and got a shot off and made what appeared to be the game-winning shot. After a nearly 20 minute delay, it was determined by the officials that the basket did not count and the two teams went to a second overtime.

The Friars took over in the second overtime, scoring the first 10 points to take a 78-68 advantage and control of the game. Providence held a 14-3 scoring advantage, overall, in the second OT.

Marandola finished the night with 19 points, while sophomore Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) chipped in 13 points. Cournoyer, who spent much of the evening on the bench with foul trouble, recorded 10 points in 23 minutes. Seven of her 10 points came in the overtime sessions.

Providence returns to action on Tuesday, February 10 against BIG EAST foe West Virginia. The game will be played at The Coliseum in Morgantown, W. Va. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.


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