Providence Women's Basketball To Face Boston University In WNIT

March 16, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced late Tuesday night that the Providence College women's basketball team has been selected to travel to Boston, Mass. to face off against Boston University in the 2010 Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Friars will play the Terriers on Thursday, March 18. The game time will be announced on Tuesday, March 16.

Providence (16-14) finished the season with its best record since 1991-92 (21-9) when the Friars last reached a post-season tournament, falling to Toledo in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 74-64. This invitation marks PC's seventh appearance in post-season action. PC has appeared in the NCAA Tournament on five occasions, advancing to the second round in 1990 and 1991. In seven post-season games, the Friars own a 3-5 mark, including a 1-2 record in WNIT action.

This marks only the second appearance in the WNIT for PC. Providence reached the WNIT during the 1986-87 season, defeating DePaul, 95-93, before falling to Arkansas, 101-91, and Creighton, 91-89.

Providence will face Boston University for the 21st time in program history and the first since 1997. All-time, Providence owns a 14-6 record against the Terriers. In their last meeting, the Friars won, 86-70, on December 28, 1997 in Providence, R.I. Thursday's contest will mark the second post-season meeting between the two programs. The two teams have split in post-season play with Providence earning a 68-58 victory in the E.A.I.A.W. Northeast Regional Tournament on March 9, 1980 and the Terriers defeating the Friars in the E.A.I.A.W. Northeast Regional Tournament on March 7, 1981.

Providence earned a bye into the second round of the 2010 BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 8 seed and fell to No. 9 Syracuse, 76-71. PC has been led by a group of four senior starters, highlighted by senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.). Marandola leads the Friars in points (18), rebounds (5.1), assists (2.2), steals (1.9), three-pointers made (2.2) and free throw percentage (89.4). For her efforts, she was named a 2010 BIG EAST First-Team All-Star, becoming the first Friar to achieve First-Team All-BIG EAST honors since Stephanie Goettsche in 1994.



Boston University (16-14) comes into Thursday's contest after falling in the America East Semifinals to Vermont, 69-52. The Terriers are led by freshman Chantell Alford's 14.9 points per game.
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