Women's Basketball Overwhelms UMass, 72-54

Dec. 11, 2009

Box Score

AMHERST, Mass. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Massachusetts, 72-54, on December 11 at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. Senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) led the Friars with 17 points. Providence senior Jessica Clark (Bronx, N.Y.) added a career high 13 points and hauled in a team-best seven boards. The Friars improve to 8-2 overall, while the Minutewomen fall to 5-6.

Massachusetts got out to a 7-3 lead in the first 1:56 of the game, but the Friars quickly took control with impressive shooting from the field. Providence hit 16 of their 33 shots in the opening 20 minutes (48.5-percent), including 6-of-11 (54.5-percent) from beyond the three-point arc. UMass, on the other hand, hit just 7-of-29 attempts from the floor (1-9 from three). Marandola recorded 13 points to lead the Friar offense, while Jasmine Watson posted seven for UMass. Marandola was responsible for three of the Friars' six three-point field goals in the half.

Providence led by as many as 23 points (46-23) with 19:00 minutes left in the game. The Minutewomen never threatened, only getting as close as 13 (46-33) with 16:43 on the clock.

UMass out-rebounded Providence, 42-35. Twenty-two of UMass' boards came off the offensive glass. Nicole Jones led the Minutewomen with 11 rebounds and added eight points. Kristina Danella paced the UMass offense with 17 points, including 15 in the second half.

Clark was 5-of-5 from the field for Providence en route to her career-high 13 points. She also hit 3-of-4 from the charity stripe. Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) joined Marandola and Clark in double figures with 13 points.

Providence returns to action on Monday, December 21 against non-conference foe Vermont. The match-up will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at Noon.



The Providence vs. Vermont game also will serve as the backdrop for the Third Annual Project Providence. During the event, over 1,200 elementary and middle school students will be in attendance for an educational program that will teach a variety of subjects including nutrition and the importance of academics. The program begins at 10:00 a.m. and will be hosted by NBC-10 TV personality, Frank Carpano. The program also includes a ticket to the women's basketball game.
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