Women's Basketball Defeats Saint Joseph's, 88-57

Nov. 15, 2009

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Saint Joseph's, 88-57, in non-conference action on November 15 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Five Friars reached double figures in the victory, as the Providence opens the season with back-to-back wins (2-0).

Senior Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) led all scorers with 24 points, while junior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) and senior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) each posted double-doubles. Hankins finished the day with 21 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six assists. Cournoyer chipped in 14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots. Senior Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) added 13 points and five assists for the Friars. Freshman guard Symone Edwards (New Britain, Conn.) came off the bench to score 11 points and record two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 14 minutes of action.

The Friars held a 43-36 advantage in rebounding and forced 20 Saint Joseph's turnovers in the victory. Providence also recorded 26 assists as a team, marking the most assists in a single game for the Friars since January 21, 1998. On that day, the Friars dished 29 assists in a 102-92 loss to West Virginia.

Providence has now scored 80+ points in back-to-back games to start the season. The last time the Friars recorded 80+ points in back-to-back games dates back to the 1997-98 campaign.

The Friars ran away with the game on 51.5-percent shooting from the field (35-68), including 42.9-percent from beyond the three-point arc (9-21). Hankins connected on 10-13 field goals (76.9-percent).

Saint Joseph's was led offensively by Brittany Ford's 14 points off the bench. Ford also hauled in a team-best seven rebounds. Mariame Djouara contributed 10 points in the effort, while Dominique Bryant matched Ford with seven boards.



The Friars start the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season, when it defeated Manhattan (52-46) and Brown (62-53). The Friars will look for their third-straight victory when it plays host to Hartford on Friday, November 20 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I.


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