Chelsea Marandola Matches Season-High With 19 Points As The Friars Defeat Marquette, 51-49

Feb. 25, 2009

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) matched a season-high with 19 points to lead the Providence College women's basketball team to a 51-49 victory over BIG EAST foe Marquette on February 25 in Providence, R.I. The Friars overcame a five-point halftime deficit (28-23) to improve to 10-17 overall on the season and 4-10 in the BIG EAST. Marquette drops to 16-12 overall (7-7 BIG EAST). It also marked Providence's first victory over Marquette all-time (1-3).

Marquette held its largest lead of the night (30-23) with 19:40 remaining in the second half, but the Friars fought back to tie the game, 36-36, with 8:40 on the clock as Marandola hit a three-point bucket for the equalizer. The two teams traded baskets before Providence pulled ahead, 40-38, with 7:02 remaining. Marquette's Angel Robinson hit a jumper to tie the game, 40-40, at the 5:59 mark, but the Friars responded with six unanswered points to lead 46-40 with 4:35 left in the game.

Marquette cut the deficit to one (50-49) as Marissa Thrower connected on one-of-two free throw with 1:18 on the clock. The Friars had a chance to push their lead to three, but could not convert a basket on two field goal attempts. Marquette gained possession of the ball and managed three field goal attempts, but were denied a chance to take the victory as Providence's Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) recorded a blocked shot and a defensive rebound in the final three seconds of the game to help seal the win. While grabbing the rebound, her eighth of the game, she was fouled and sank one-of-two free throws to make the final score, 51-49.

Angel Robinson tallied 19 points to lead Marquette. Thrower finished the night with eight rebounds. Darrian recorded eight points for Providence in addition to her eight rebounds.

Providence shot 45.7-percent from the field as it connected on 21-of-46 field goals. Marquette shot a dismal 14-of-52 (26.9-percent) from the field, but managed to stay in the game with a huge advantage from the free throw line. The Golden Eagles hit 19-of-24 shots from the charity stripe, while the Friars converted just 7-of-11 attempts from the foul line.



The Friars' four victories in BIG EAST regular-season play mark the most since the 2001-02 season when Providence posted a 7-9 record and finished eighth in the league.

Providence returns to action on Saturday, February 28 against BIG EAST foe No. 23/22 Notre Dame. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. The Friars will honor two seniors, Ashley Etheridge (Portland, Conn.) and Catherine Bove (Cincinnati, Ohio) prior to the start of the game (1:45 p.m.).

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