Nov. 22, 2008
IOWA CITY, Iowa -
The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Portland, 68-61, in overtime of the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Classic in Iowa City, Iowa on November 22. Sophomore Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) recorded a season-high 22 points and nine rebounds for Providence. Senior Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) chipped in 16 points, while junior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) added 10 points.
Portland took a 27-23 lead into the locker room at halftime as Jennifer Wassom came off the bench for the Pilots and scored nine points in the opening 20 minutes to lead all scorers. Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) led Providence with eight points in the half.
Providence returned in the second half to take a 29-28 lead with 17:36 showing on the clock. The Friars would maintain the lead - which grew to as many as six points - until Laiken Dollente nailed a three-point bucket for Portland with 1:57 left in the game to put the Pilots ahead, 53-52.
With just 28-seconds left, Tara Cronin hit two free throws to give Portland a 56-54 lead, but Hankins responded with a baseline jump shot to tie the game, 56-56, with nine seconds on the clock. The Pilots never got a chance to win the game as Dollente was called for an offensive foul just as she passed over half court, sending the game to overtime.
Hankins and Marandola each recorded four points in the overtime period on a combined 6-6 shooting from the free throw line to give Providence the win. The Friars outscored the Pilots, 12-5, in the extra session.
Hankins' 22 points matched her previous career high, while her nine boards set a new career high. Senior Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) pulled down nine rebounds as well for the Friars. Senior Catherine Bove (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted seven points, five rebounds and four assists.
Providence (2-1) advances to the championship game on November 23 where it will face Iowa at 3:30 p.m. (ET). The Hawkeyes defeated Boston University, 83-58, in their first round game of the tournament.