Friars Rally From 11-point Deficit To Defeat Buffalo, 67-63

Dec. 16, 2008

Final Stats

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Providence College women's basketball team rallied from an 11-point deficit with just under seven minutes to play and earned a 67-63 victory over Buffalo on Tuesday, December 16 in Buffalo, N.Y. Senior Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) led four Friars in double figures with 14 points, including seven-straight unanswered points in a span of 1:34 to fuel the Friars' comeback effort.

At the completion of the first half, the Friars trailed the Bulls by five (28-23). Providence fell victim to 27.8-percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes, hitting just 10 of 36 attempts from the field. Buffalo hit 13 of 31 shot attempts in the half (41.9-percent). The teams traded baskets for the first five minutes of play and the game was deadlocked at 12-12 with 14:21 on the clock. The Friar offense was then held scoreless for the next 5:24, until sophomore Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) tallied a bucket at the 9:07 mark. However, the Bulls could not pull away and mounted just a six point lead during the Friar drought (18-12).

Buffalo's 11 point lead in the second half was its largest margin of the game. The Friars were able to set the tone for their comeback with exceptional defense, which tallied 15 points in the second half off of 10 Buffalo turnovers.

Trailing 52-41 with 6:49 left in the game, senior Catherine Bove (Cincinnati, Ohio) hit a three-point bucket to get the Friars within eight (52-44). Marandola then ripped off seven-straight points to cap the Friars' 10-0 run to get within one (52-51) with 5:26 on the clock. Buffalo knocked down one of two free throw attempts to go ahead two (53-51), but Hankins sank a jumper at the other end to tie the game for the sixth time on the night (53-53) with 4:46 left to play.

Bove and Hankins hit a three-point bucket and jump-shot, respectively, to give Providence its largest lead of the game (58-53) with 3:49 remaining. Buffalo, however, would tie the game, 63-63, on a 10-5 run with 47-seconds left.



After a 30-second time out by Buffalo, the Friars kept up their full court pressure on the inbounds play and freshman Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.) came up with timely steal with 14 seconds on the clock and was fouled. With the Friars in the double bonus, Wells knocked down both of her attempts to put Providence ahead, 65-63, with 12 seconds remaining.

The Friars called a 30-second time out to set up their defense, and after the Bulls penetrated into the lane, Providence senior forward Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) blocked Dortae Freeman's shot down low and secured the defensive rebound. Darrian was fouled immediately and sealed Providence's with two free throws.

The Friars finished the night 15-17 from the foul line and matched their season-high total of 46 rebounds - edging the Bulls by one (46-45) in the rebounding column. Twenty-one (21) of the Friars' 46 boards came off the offensive glass. Providence tallied 16 second-chance points in the game, including 12 in the second half.

Hankins, Bove and junior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) each tallied 10 points for the Friars. Darrian collected a team-high nine rebounds. In addition to her team-high 14 points, Marandola posted a game-high five steals and four assists.

Providence returns to action on Saturday, December 20 against Southeast Missouri State in the first round of the Tulane DoubleTree Classic in New Orleans, La. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. (ET).

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