Women's Basketball Rallies Late To Defeat Fordham, 62-57

Dec. 31, 2009

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) scored 11 of her game-high 23 points in the final 10:12 of regulation to give the Providence College women's basketball team a 62-57 victory over Fordham on December 31 in Providence, R.I. The Friars improve to 9-3 overall this season, while Fordham drops to 6-8.

Fordham took a 28-27 lead into the locker room at halftime and led by as many as eight points (48-40) with 10:23 left in the second half. With 10:12 on the clock, the Friars started a 15-6 scoring run and took a 55-54 lead with 1:50 remaining on a three-point bucket by Marandola. It marked the Friars' first lead since the 6:44 mark of the first half.

Marandola added another three-pointer with 33-seconds remaining to put Providence ahead 58-54. Fordham's Becky Peters answered with a three-pointer of her own to get the Rams back within one (58-57) with 16-seconds left. After timeout, Providence inbounded the ball to senior Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.), who was fouled immediately. Dorsey hit both free-throw attempts to give the Friars a 60-57 lead with 13-seconds on the clock. Dorsey's defense proved to be as important as her made free throws, as she forced a Ram turnover with just six seconds left to play. She fed the ball to sophomore Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.), who put the game out of reach with a lay-in as time expired.

The Friars forced six of Fordham's 15 turnovers in the final nine minutes of regulation to help secure the victory.

Senior Jessica Clark (Bronx, N.Y.) posted the first double-double of her collegiate career with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Clark was 5-of-5 from the field and five of her 10 boards came off the offensive glass. She also matched her previous career high with three blocked shots. Dorsey finished the day with 14 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists.



Randall Hurst led Fordham with 23 points. Tiffany Stokes hauled in a game-high 11 boards for the Rams.

Providence closes out its non-conference schedule with a match-up against No. 8/9 Duke on Sunday, January 3. The game will be played in Durham, N.C. and tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.


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