March 2, 2009
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -
The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Syracuse, 78-72, in BIG EAST Conference action on Monday, March 2 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. The Friars conclude the regular-season schedule with a 10-19 overall record (4-12 BIG EAST). The Orange improve to 16-13 (5-11 BIG EAST). Senior Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) led all scorers with a season-high 23 points, while junior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) matched her season-high with 20 points for the Friars. The Orange were led offensively by Nicole Michael's 22 points.
The Orange took a 44-27 lead into the locker room as Erica Morrow and Michael each netted 11 first half points. Marandola tallied 12 of the Friars' 27 points in the opening half.
In the second half, the Orange pushed their lead to as many as 23 points (52-29) with 17:45 left to play.
The Friars came out to shoot a blistering 57.1-percent from the field (16-28) in the second half to help fuel a come-back attempt. Cournoyer led the charge with 16-second half points on 8-of-8 shooting from the field. Providence chipped away at the lead and eventually cut the deficit to 10 (56-46) on a 17-4 scoring run. The teams traded baskets during the next few minutes and Syracuse maintained its 10-point advantage (64-54) with 5:48 to play.
Syracuse pushed its lead to 15 (70-55) on a small 6-1 run with 3:51 remaining in the game, but the Friars challenged their opponent with a 15-4 run to make the score 74-70 with 1:27 left. Syracuse managed to secure the win with 4-of-6 shooting from the free throw line in the final minute.
The Friars will return to action on Friday, March 6 in the first round of the 2009 BIG EAST Conference Women's Basketball Championship at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The BIG EAST office will release the pairings for the tournament at the conclusion of the Louisville vs. Marquette game, scheduled to tip-off at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on March 2.