Nov. 26, 2008
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Vermont, 73-67, in overtime on November 26 in Burlington, Vt. May Kotsopoulos led the Catamounts to the victory with a game-high 25 points, including six points in overtime. Senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) recorded a team-best 17 points for Providence. All 17 of her points came after the halftime break.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, as Vermont took an 18-16 lead into the locker room at the break. The Friars led the entire first half, until the Catamounts took a two-point lead (18-16) with 1:01 left on the clock. The score would remain unchanged in the final minute of play. Providence connected on just 6-of-31 (.194) attempts from the floor in the half, while Vermont made just 7-of-33 (.212).
The second half became an offensive clinic as the Friars shot 58.1-percent from the floor (18-31), including 57.1-percent from beyond the three-point arc. Vermont also improved its offensive production, and netted 15-of-32 attempts from the field at a 46.9-percent clip. Despite the Friars' hot shooting, they were unable to put the game away as they gave up 20 points off of turnovers in the second half alone (28 for the game).
The Friars jumped out to a seven-point lead in the second half (35-28) after outscoring the Catamounts, 19-10, in the first 6:46 of the action. Vermont cut the Friars' lead to one (35-34) with 12:15 left on a 6-0 run. Providence would retaliate to take its largest lead (nine points), 46-37, with 8:23 left in the game on an 11-3 outburst.
Vermont hit two free throws at the 8:09 mark to get within seven (46-39), and sophomore Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) answered for the Friars with a base-line jumper at 7:54 to regain the nine-point advantage (48-39) with 7:54 to play.
From that point, the Providence offense was held scoreless over the course of the next four minutes and 37-seconds, while the Catamounts scored 14 unanswered points to take a 53-48 lead. During that span, the Catamounts hit their only two three-point buckets of the game. Vermont finished the night 2-of-13 from beyond the arc.
Marandola halted Vermont's run on a lay-up with 3:17 remaining in the game to get within three (53-50), but Vermont scored a lay-up and two free throws to push its lead to seven (57-50) with 2:48 on the clock.
At the 2:30 mark, junior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) converted an old-fashioned three-point play and senior Catherine Bove (Cincinnati, Ohio) sank a three-point bucket with 1:42 to play to make the score, 57-56, in favor of Vermont.
After a Vermont free throw and a Providence lay-up from Marandola, the Friars regained the lead with 1:05 to play (59-58). Vermont's Courtnay Pilypaitis hit a short jumper to regain the lead (60-59) with 43 seconds remaining. The score remained unchanged until the Catamounts had an opportunity to increase their lead on two free-throw opportunities with 13 seconds on the clock. Vermont hit just one of two attempts at the line to go ahead 61-59, but Bove answered for Providence on a runner in the lane with six seconds remaining to tie the game, 61-61, and force overtime.
Vermont controlled the overtime session, outscoring the Friars, 12-6, en route to the 73-67 victory.
For Providence, three Friars joined Marandola in double figures. Bove and Cournoyer each tallied season-highs on the night with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Hankins completed the game with her first collegiate double-double 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Senior Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) also hauled in double-digit boards with 10.
Kotsopoulos was joined in double figures by Pilypaitis, who registered a double-double on 11 points and 11 rebounds. Alissa Sheftic registered 10 points.
Providence College (2-3) returns to action on Sunday, November 30 against Quinnipiac. The game will be played in Hamden, Conn. and Is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 p.m.
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