Women's Basketball Defeats USF, 72-62

Feb. 23, 2010

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TAMPA, Fla. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated the University of South Florida, 72-62, on February 23 at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. Senior Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) paced the Friars with 24 points, while junior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) added 17 points, five rebounds and a team-best four assists. Providence improves to 16-11 overall and 7-7 in the BIG EAST Conference, while USF drops to 14-13 overall and 5-9 in league play.

Hankins fueled the Friar's first-half run with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and a 3-of-3 performance from the foul line. Providence went into the locker room at the break with a 31-22 lead. Marandola took over in the second half, scoring 18 of her 24 points.¬

Junior Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) joined Marandola and Hankins in double-figures with 10 points. Senior Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) led the Friars with six rebounds.

With her 24 points on the night, Marandola moves into fifth place on the Friars' all-time career scoring list. She now owns 1,667 points and moved passed Nadine Malcolm '97 (1,649 points). Marandola needs just six points to take sole possession of fourth place, currently held by Mary Burke '87 (1,672) and 13 points to move into third

USF got 23 points from KaNeisha Saunders and 22 points from Leondra Doomes-Stephens. Jessica Lawson posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Providence's 16 victories on the season assure the program its first winning season since 1991-92 when the Friars finished 21-9. Additionally, PC's seven league wins are tied for the most since 2001-02 when the team finished 7-9.

The Friars return to action on Saturday, February 27 against BIG EAST foe Rutgers. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at 2:00 p.m. Prior to the start of the game, the Friars will honor their four seniors during a brief ceremony. PC's senior class consists of Brittany Dorsey, Jessica Clark, Emily Cournoyer and Chelsea Marandola.



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