Women's Hoops Falls To Rutgers, 67-56

Feb. 27, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Rutgers, 67-56, in BIG EAST Conference action at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. on February 27. The Friars fall to 16-12 overall and 7-8 in the BIG EAST, while Rutgers improves to 16-13 (8-7).

In an evenly played first half, the Friars managed to take a 33-27 lead into the locker room at the break. Junior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) and senior Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) each recorded eight points in the opening 20 minutes for the Friars. Rutgers was led offensively by Brittany Ray's 12 points.

Rutgers opened the second half on a 17-9 scoring run to take its first lead of the game (44-42) with 11:09 remaining on the clock. The Friars regained a three-point lead (47-44) with 9:27 remaining in the game on five-straight points by senior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.). Rutgers responded with a 7-0 run to take a 51-47 lead with 6:46 to play that was capped by a Ray three-pointer.

The Friars fought to tie the game, 53-53, with 4:27 left in the game, but were unable to regain the lead down the stretch. Rutgers closed the game on a 14-3 run to take the 67-56 victory.

Ray finished the day with a game-high 23 points. Khadijah Rushdan added 16 points for the Scarlet Knights. Marandola led the Friars with 11 points, while Hankins and Cournoyer each chipped in 10. Marandola moved into fourth place on the Friars' all-time scoring list during the game and owns 1,678 career points. She needs just two points to take sole possession of third, currently held by Andrea Mangum '90 (1,679).

The Friars will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Villanova in their regular-season finale on Monday, March 1. The game will be played at The Pavilion and will tip off at 7:00 p.m. The BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship is set for March 5-9 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The league office will release the final standings and the tournament bracket on March 1 at the conclusion of the last conference game.



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