Women's Basketball Falls To #1/1 Connecticut, 85-53

Feb. 20, 2010

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to No. 1 Connecticut, 85-53, on February 20 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The Friars fall to 15-11 on the season with a 6-7 record in BIG EAST Conference play. Senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) paced the Friars with 12 points. Connecticut senior Tina Charles led all scorers with 26 points while providing nine points and four assists.

The Friars and the Huskies traded baskets in the opening two minutes of the first half, leaving the score at 5-5. A three pointer by Maya Moore at the 18:04 mark started Connecticut on a 21-6 run before Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) hit a jumper in the lane to make the game 26-13. Charles scored the next six points for the Huskies to extend the Connecticut lead 32-13. Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) scored the final four points of the first half by hitting back-to-back jump shots. Connecticut took a 45-25 lead into the half.

Connecticut opened the second half on an 8-0 scoring run. The friars made a five point run of their own when Marandola hit a three pointer at 17:07. Senior Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) made two free throws to make the score 53-30. With 14:01 left in the game Tina Charles hit a jumper for the Huskies which started a 10-0 run to extend the Connecticut lead at 70-34. A three pointer by Hull put the Friars on a 7-0 run of their own to close the game to 70-41.

Providence shot 31.3 percent (21-67) from the field compared to Connecticut who shot 53.6 from the floor (30-56).

Sophomore Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.) tied her career high with nine points while recording four rebounds.

Providence returns to action on Tuesday, February 23 against BIG EAST opponent USF. The game is scheduled to be played at The Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.



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