Chelsea Marandola Named To All-BIG EAST First Team

March 4, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) was named to the 11-member All-BIG EAST First Team, released by the league office on Thursday, March 4. Marandola becomes the first Friar since Stephanie Goettsche in 1994 to earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors. The selections were made by a vote of the league's 16 head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players. The First Team has student-athletes from nine different schools, including six seniors, two juniors, two sophomores and a freshman.

During the 2009-10 season, Marandola earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors on December 7. She also was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll a total of three times. Marandola's selection to the First Team marks the third time in her career she has received post-season recognition from the league. In 2007, she was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. During her first season with the Friars in 2005-06, she was named to the All-Freshmen Team.

Marandola has enjoyed a stellar 2009-10 season. Through 29 regular-season games, heading into the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship, she leads the team in scoring (17.9 ppg), rebounding (5.2 rpg), assists (2.2 apg) and steals (1.9 apg). She also has established single-season career highs of 519 points, 55 steals, 183 field goals and 64 three-point field goals.

She owns 1,701 career points and ranks third on the Friars' all-time scoring list. Standing at 5-foot, 8-inches tall, she also has proven to be one of the program's most prolific rebounders at the guard position, with 632 career rebounds, and ranks 17th all-time.

She has scored in double figures in 28 of the Friars' 29 games this season and 94 times during her career (114 career games). Marandola posted a career-high 31 points against Buffalo on December 2, and is one of only eight players in the BIG EAST to score 30+ points in a game this season. Through 29 games, she led the Friars in scoring 24 times and rebounding 11 times. Marandola also scored 20+ points 12 times.

 

 

After 16 BIG EAST regular-season games, Marandola ranked among the league leaders in seven statistical categories: scoring (5th, 18.0 ppg), free-throw percentage (1st, .912), three-point field-goal percentage (4th, .423), steals (9th, 2.0 spg), three-point field goals made (8th, 30), field-goal percentage (13th, .477) and rebounding (18th, 6.3 rpg).

Joining Marandola on the 2010 All-BIG EAST First Team are: Tina Charles (Connecticut), Kalana Greene (Connecticut), Jessica Lawson (USF), Nicole Michael (Syracuse), Maya Moore (Connecticut), Monique Reid (Louisville), Liz Repella (West Virginia), Sugar Rodgers (Georgetown), Lindsay Schrader (Notre Dame) and Da'Shena Stevens (St. John's). Charles and Moore of UConn were unanimous selections.

The All-BIG EAST Second Team is comprised of: Ashley Barlow (Notre Dame), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Keisha Hampton (DePaul), Tiffany Hayes (Connecticut), Monica McNutt (Georgetown), Sarah Miles (West Virginia), Sam Quigley (DePaul), Brittany Ray (Rutgers), Angel Robinson (Marquette) and Kahla Roudebush (Cincinnati).

All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selections: Korinne Campbell (West Virginia), Chelsea Cole (Pittsburgh), Maria Getty (Villanova) and Jania Sims (Pittsburgh).

All-BIG EAST Freshman Team: Kayla Alexander (Syracuse), Asya Bussie (West Virginia), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Kelly Faris (Connecticut), Katherine Harry (DePaul), Nadirah McKenith (St. John's), Sugar Rodgers (Georgetown), KaNeisha Saunders (USF), Sarina Simmons (Marquette), Shenneika Smith (St. John's), Laura Sweeney (Villanova), Carmen Tyson-Thomas (Syracuse).

Providence earned a bye in the first round of the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship. The Friars will begin play on Saturday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. against the winner of the No. 9 seed Syracuse vs. No. 16 seed Seton Hall game. Syracuse and Seton Hall face one another on Friday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the first round. All games in the BIG EAST Championship will be played at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

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