Women's Basketball Advances To Second Round Of NIT

March 18, 2010

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BOSTON, MASS. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Boston University in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament in Boston, Mass. tonight, 64-58. Senior Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) put home a game-high 23 points to lead the Friars. With the victory, Providence (17-14) advances to the second round of the Women's NIT to face Old Dominion.

The Friars and Terriers (16-15) went into the half tied, 31-31. BU's Chantell Alford led all scorers in the opening 20 minutes with 12 points based on two three-pointers. Providence was led by junior Trinity Hull's (Cranston, R.I.) 11 points on 4-6 shooting, including 2-3 from long distance. Marandola and senior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) each chipped in eight.

Providence shot 11-24 from the field, including 4-9 from long range, but struggled from the line in the first half, making only five of 10. The Terriers shot 38-percent (11-34) from the field and held the edge in rebounds, 21-17.

The Terriers opened a 48-40 lead with a 7-0 run starting at 15:33 of the second half but the Friars quickly returned the favor with an 11-0 run to take the lead, 51-48 at 9:08, highlighted by a pair of Marandola layups. BU evened the score at 51-51 with a three-pointer from Kristen Sims at 8:40 but the Friars would regain the lead for good with a Marandola three at 5:50.

The Friars closed out the game shooting 6-6 from the free-throw line with Marandola going 4-4 in the remaining 15 seconds.

Providence outscored the Terriers 33-27 in the second half as Marandola netted 15 of her game-high 23 points. The Friars shot 9-9 from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes and out-rebounded BU, 40-37. Five PC players grabbed at least five boards in the game, led by junior Mi-Khida Hankins' (Baltimore, Md.) and senior Jessica Clark's (Bronx, N.Y.) eight caroms each. Cournoyer and Hull finished the game with six rebounds each while Marandola added five. Alford finished the game with 15 points to lead Boston University.



The Friars will now host the second round of the Women's NIT at Alumni Hall on Monday, March 22. The game time is to be determined. Providence will face Old Dominion (19-13) who defeated American University on Wednesday.

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