Feb. 13, 2010
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Marquette, 53-44, on February 13 in BIG EAST Conference play at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) paced the Friars with 14 points and hauled in seven rebounds. Fellow senior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) contributed 13 points, while junior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) matched her career high with 11 rebounds.
Providence jumped out to a 7-2 lead to start the game, but the Golden Eagles tied the game at the 14:38 mark (7-7) on five unanswered points. Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) broke the tie with 12:29 on the clock and put the Friars back on top as she connected on a three-point bucket to make the score 10-7. Cournoyer gave the Friars a five-point advantage (12-7) a minute later on a short jumper from the right side of the key.
At the 9:17 mark, Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.) added to the lead with a baseline jumper as the shot clock expired to make the score 14-7. The Golden Eagles finally got back on the scoreboard and within three points (14-11) on back-to-back buckets by Sarina Simmons at 9:01 and 8:15.
The Friars pushed their lead to nine (20-11) on three-consecutive baskets, before Marquette's Courtney Weibel stopped a three-minute and 11 second scoring drought with back-to-back three pointers to make the score 20-17. Simmons followed with a conventional three-point play to tie the game, 20-20, with 3:50 on the clock. Weibel gave the Golden Eagles their first lead of the game on her third-straight three pointer just 18-seconds later.
Marandola halted a four-minute and 35-second scoreless stretch for the Friars with a three-pointer at the 1:52 mark to get PC back within one (24-23), but Simmons answered again for Marquette on a steal and short jumper in the key (26-23). Marandola netted two free throws at the 1:18 mark to get within 26-25, but Marquette took a 27-26 advantage into halftime as Jocelyn Mellen hit one of two free throws in the final minute.
The Friars opened the second half with five-straight points to take a 31-27 lead. Marquette got on the board with a reverse lay-up from Paige Fiedorowicz to make the score 31-29 with 17:34 on the clock. Providence answered quickly to push its lead to 36-29 with a Cournoyer lay-up and a Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) three pointer with under 17 minutes to play.
Cournoyer struck again on a lay-up to match Providence's largest lead of the game (nine), making the score 38-29 at the 14:32 mark. Marquette cut the deficit to six (38-32) heading into the 12-minute media timeout and was within three (38-35) with 9:02 to play.
Providence hit its first field goal since the 14:32 mark with 8:44 on the clock as Cournoyer got loose for another lay-up to provide the Friars a five-point cushion (40-35). The Golden Eagles rallied back to take a 41-40 lead, that was capped by a Thomas-Johnson three-pointer with 5:14 to play.
The Friars responded with three-straight buckets to take a 46-41 lead with 2:19 remaining on the clock. Marquette's Angel Robinson converted a three-point play to get the Golden Eagles within two (46-44) at the 1:57 mark. After a missed lay-up by the Friars, Marquette attempted a three-pointer at the other end. PC recovered the rebound, but turned it over. Robinson followed with two missed free throws that would have tied the game at 46.
Providence took advantage of the miscue on the offensive end. Marandola hit a pull-up jumper from the left baseline and was fouled in the act of shooting. The Friars' top free-throw shooter converted the three-point play to put PC ahead 49-44. Marquette went scoreless the remainder of the game, while the Friars hit four-of-four free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
The Friars' five wins in BIG EAST play are the most since registering a 7-9 record in league play in 2001-02. Additionally, Providence improves to 14-10 overall. The Friars' 14 victories are the most in a single season since the 1992-93 season when they posted a 15-15 overall record.
Dorsey joined Marandola and Cournoyer in double figures with 11 points. Symone Roberts led PC with four assists and two steals.
Simmons led Marquette with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Weibel checked in with nine points.
Providence returns to action on Tuesday, February 16 against BIG EAST foe Cincinnati. The game is scheduled to be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.
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