Women's Basketball Falls At Villanova, 51-45

March 1, 2010

Box Score

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Villanova, 51-45, on March 1 in Villanova, Pa. The game marked the regular-season finale for both teams. Providence falls to 16-13 on the season and 7-9 in the BIG EAST Conference. Villanova improves to 14-15 overall (3-13 BIG EAST).

Senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) led the Friar effort with her second double-double of the season on 23 points and 11 rebounds. She now owns 11 double-doubles in her career. Marandola also recorded a game-high four assists and two steals.

The two teams were deadlocked in a 20-20 tie at halftime. Marandola and junior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) scored the Friars' first 16 points in the game. However, the Friars' offense tailed off and they settled for just four free throws, all by Symone Roberts, in the final 4:23 of the half.

Marandola led PC with 11 points at the break. The Friars shot just 20.8-percent (5-24) from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but were 9-of-10 from the foul line. Six members of Villanova's roster cracked the scoring column in the first half, led by Maria Getty's five points. The Wildcats were 7-of-30 from the field (23.3-percent), including 4-of-20 from beyond the three-point arc (20.0-percent). The Wildcats also made both of their free-throw attempts in the first half.

In the second half, the Wildcats outscored the Friars, 31-25. The game was decided beyond the three-point arc. Providence hit two more field goals than the Wildcats in the final 20 minutes, but five of Villanova's nine field goals were from three-point territory, while Providence was 0-7 from three in the half.

Villanova also connected on 8-of-9 free throws in the second half, compared to the Friars' 3-of-6 shooting at the line.

For the game, Providence held a 42-30 advantage in rebounding, including a 13-5 edge on the offensive glass. It was the first loss of the season for the Friars when they out-rebounded their opponent. It also marks the first loss after hauling in 40+ rebounds.



The BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship is scheduled for March 5 - March 9 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The Friars have secured the No. 8 seed and earned a first-round bye. Providence will play its first game of the tournament in the second round at 2:00 p.m. Providence will face the winner of the first round game between No. 9 seed Syracuse and No. 16 seed Seton Hall. Syracuse and Seton Hall will play at 2:00 p.m. on March 5.
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