Women's Basketball Defeats Cincinnati, 59-44

Feb. 16, 2010

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Cincinnati, 59-44, in BIG EAST Conference play on February 16 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) recorded her first double-double of the season, and 10th of her career, with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Friars. Junior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) checked in with 11 points and eight boards.

Providence improves to 15-10 overall and 6-6 in the BIG EAST Conference, while Cincinnati falls to 11-13 overall and 4-8 in the league. The Friars' 15 victories are the most since 1992-93, when the team finished the year 15-15. Additionally, PC's six league victories are the most since 2001-02, when it completed the league slate, 7-9.

Cincinnati started the game on a 7-2 run during the first 2:31 of play. Providence responded with a 7-0 run to take a 9-7 lead with 15:18 on the clock. The Bearcats took what proved to be their final lead of the game at the 12:29 mark (13-12). Providence pulled ahead by as many as six points in the first half (21-15) with 6:59 remaining on the clock. Cincinnati would tie the game twice more in the half, but failed to regain the lead. Providence went into the locker room at halftime with a 29-25 lead.

In the second half, Providence's lead reached double figures with 13:52 to play (40-29) on an 11-4 run. The Bearcats got within four (8:21) with 8:21 remaining in the game, but it was as close as they would get the rest of the way. Providence took control of the game and outscored the Bearcats 17-6 down the stretch. Marandola was credited with 11 of the Friars' 17 points in that span.

Kahla Roudebush led Cincinnati with 12 points. Val Schuster added 10 points and eight rebounds. Michelle Jones hauled in a team-best 10 rebounds and contributed nine points for the Bearcats.

The Friars return to action on Saturday, February 20 against top-ranked Connecticut at 1:00 p.m. The game is scheduled to be played at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.




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