Dec. 3, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. -
The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Massachusetts, 75-63, on December 3 at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. The victory snaps a three-game skid for the Friars. Junior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) led Providence with a season-high 18 points, while senior Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) notched a game and season-high 10 rebounds.
UMass took a 7-6 lead on a Cerie Mosgrove three-pointer with 17:33 on the clock in the first half. The Friars held the Minutewomen to just one field goal over the next 10 minutes, and took control of the game with a 20-2 run to take a 27-9 lead at the 7:09 mark. The Friars took a 36-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, the Minutewomen rallied to get within five (51-46) with 9:50 remaining in the game. Providence answered with a free throw and back-to-back three points baskets by Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) to push its lead back to 12 (58-46) with 7:23 left on the clock. Providence maintained a lead of no fewer than eight points the rest of the way en route to the 75-63 win.
Senior Catherine Bove (Cincinnati, Ohio) tallied 13 points, five rebounds and four assists for Providence. Dorsey finished the night with 12 points. Freshman Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.) chipped in a career-best nine points to go along with a game-high five assists and four steals.
Senior Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) eclipsed the 500-rebound mark in her career after finishing the evening with seven boards for the Friars. Darrian now owns 505 rebounds in just 58 career games.
Stefanie Geradot led UMass with 16 points. Stephanie Lawrence and Mosgrove finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, December 6 against Harvard. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.