March 6, 2010
HARTFORD, CONN. -
The No. 8 seed Providence College women's basketball team fell to No. 9 seed Syracuse, 76-71, in second-round action of the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship on March 6. Senior Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) led the Friars in scoring with 21 points, while junior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) posted a double-double on 14 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie guard Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) also put together a solid effort for the Friars with 12 points, four rebounds and a career-high eight assists.
The Friars and Orange went into the break tied, 35-35. Hankins led the Friars with 10 points and six rebounds in the opening session, while the Orange got 10 points and seven boards from Kayla Alexander. Syracuse held a 25-18 advantage in rebounding, including a 15-10 edge in offensive boards.
Providence shot 42.4-percent (14-33) from the field, including 44.4-percent from three-point territory, compared to Syracuse's 37.1-percent (13-35) from the floor. The Orange were 0-5 from the three-point arc, but made up the difference on the scoreboard with a 9-of-12 performance from the foul line.
In the second half, the Friars were outscored 41-36 by the Orange. Erica Morrow led the second half charge, scoring 16 of her game-high 24 points.
Providence hit 26-of-63 field goals, including 5-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc. Syracuse hit two fewer field goals than the Friars (24-65) but was able to prevail with its effort at the foul line. For the game, Syracuse made 26-of-35 free throws compared to 14-of-15 shooting from the line for the Friars. The 12-point advantage from the line proved to be the difference.
The Friars (16-14) will await word on an invitation to the WNIT. The 64-team field will be released a few hours following the NCAA Tournament selection, which finishes its announcement at 8:00 p.m. ET Monday, March 15. The field will include 31 teams that earned an automatic berth, and 33 teams that will receive at-large bids
The announcement will be made via the organization's web site at http://www.womensnit.com/.
Should the Friars earn an invitation, additional details will be posted on Providence's athletic web site at www.friars.com
The Postseason WNIT will open with first-round games Wednesday through Friday, March 17-19. The event culminates Saturday, April 3 with the championship. All games are hosted by participating schools.
- GO FRIARS -