Second-Half Surge Propels Women's Basketball To 86-63 Victory Over Buffalo

Dec. 2, 2009

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Buffalo, 86-63, on December 2 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) recorded a career-high 31 points for the Friars on 11-19 (.579) shooting from the field, including a 4-8 (.500) performance from beyond the three-point arc.

Providence took a six-point lead into the locker room at the half despite the fact Buffalo hit 52.4-percent of its attempts from the field (11-21). The Friars shot 12-32 (.375) from the field in the opening 20 minutes and were helped along by 11-13 shooting from the free-throw line.

The Friars jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first 1:23 of the game, but Buffalo outscored Providence 11-4 to take what proved to be its only lead of the night (11-9) at the 14:09 mark. Providence pushed its lead to as many as 11 points (27-16) as sophomore Chandler McCabe (Winter Park, Fla.) hit a three-point bucket, but Buffalo got within three (29-26) at the 5:06 mark with a 10-2 scoring run. The Friars pulled away once again to take an 11-point lead with 2:00 left on the clock with eight-straight points. Buffalo finished the half with five unanswered points to get within six at the break (37-31).

Marandola took over for the Friars as she scored 22 of her 31 points in the second half. After hitting just 3-8 shots from the field in the first half, she knocked down 8-11 attempts from the field in the final 20 minutes, including 3-4 from three-point territory.

Providence outscored Buffalo, 24-11, in the first eight minutes of the second half to take a 19-point lead (61-42) with 11:57 to play. Buffalo made another run, cutting the lead to eight (63-55) at the 7:55 mark, but the Bulls were unable to get any closer down the stretch. The Friars finished the game with a 23-8 scoring advantage to earn the 86-63 victory.



The Friars shot 51.4-percent (18-35) in the second half to seal the victory, while Buffalo cooled off at 38.2-percent.

In addition to her 31 points, Marandola recorded four rebounds, two blocked shots, one assist and one steal. Junior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) also had a big night for the Friars with 21 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five steals. She also dished two assists and recorded two blocked shots. Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) came off the bench to score 10 points for PC.

Kourtney Brown tallied a team-high 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Buffalo. Brown hit 10-15 field-goal attempts on the night.

It marks the fifth time this season that the Friars posted a victory of 20-or-more points. The last time Providence posted five, 20+ point wins in a season dates back to the 1995-96 campaign.


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