Feb. 3, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's basketball team defeated DePaul, 70-66, in BIG EAST Conference action on February 3 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. It marks the Friars' first BIG EAST victory over DePaul in five meetings (1-4), since the Blue Demons joined the league in 2005-06.
Senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) led all scorers with 22 points and added in six rebounds. She hit 9-of-16 attempts from the field, including 4-of-8 shots from beyond the three-point arc. Fellow senior Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) contributed 14 points, while three other Friars added eight points each.
The Friars led 36-30 at halftime and hit the first bucket of the second half to lead by eight (38-30) after just 34 seconds of play. DePaul answered with a 7-0 run to get within 38-37 at 16:59, but Dorsey hit a lay-up to halt the Blue Demon run to put the Friars up three (40-37) with 15:57 left.
Six seconds later, Anna Martin hit a three-point bucket to tie the score, 40-40, and eventually pushed its lead to as many as four (44-40) with 14:35 on the clock. The score was tied, 44-44, at 13:27 on back-to-back buckets by the Friars. Katherine Harry gave DePaul, what proved to be its last lead of the game, on a free throw at 13:15 (45-44). The Friars led by as many as eight points down the stretch on three occasions, with the latest at the 5:39 mark (62-54) on a Marandola jumper.
DePaul got within two (68-66) on a Felicia Chester lay-in, but Dorsey put the game out of reach on two free throws with five seconds remaining.
Sam Quigley and Chester each recorded 17 points for DePaul. Harry posted a game-high 12 rebounds. Martin contributed 11 points and six boards on the evening.
The Friars will return to action on Saturday, February 6 against West Virginia at 2:30 p.m. The game will be played at the Dunkin'' Donuts Center, and will follow the Providence men's basketball game against Marquette, which is scheduled to start at Noon.
- GO FRIARS! -