Providence College Women's Basketball Falls To Miami, 73-65

March 28, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to the University of Miami, 73-65, on Sunday, March 28 in Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The game was a quarterfinals match-up in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Friars finish the season the 2009-10 season with an overall record of 19-15, while Miami advances to play Michigan in the semifinals of the WNIT.

After falling behind, 4-0, early in the first half, the Friars responded by going on an 11-0 run to take an 11-4 lead. Sparked by Shenise Johnson's 19 first half points, the Hurricane's quickly got right back into the game. Johnson was 7-8 from the floor as well as 3-3 from behind the arc in the half. Providence senior Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) led the Friars offensively in the first half, going 6-8 from the floor and converting both free-throw opportunities for 14 points. Shooting 7-12 from three-point range in the first half, the Hurricanes took a 36-35 lead into the intermission.

Miami extended its lead to 50-35 on a 14-0 run to open the second half before Providence senior Jessica Clark (Bronx, N.Y.) converted two free throws with 13:24 left to play. The Friars responded with a 14-2 run, cutting the lead to 52-49, based on four points each from junior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) and senior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) at 7:35. After both teams continued to trade baskets, Marandola hit a three pointer at 4:23, followed by two free-throws to cut the Miami lead to 60-58 with 4:05 to play in the game. Although Providence was able to cut the lead to two points, the Friars never got any closer in the second half. Miami shot 14-16 from the free throw line to secure the victory.

Shenise Johnson led all scorers with 33 points on 11-14 shooting including 4-4 from three-point range. Cournoyer finished the game 4-4 from the field as well as 4-4 from the charity stripe. Marandola led the Friars with 21 points going 8-16 from the field. She finishes her career third on the Friars all-time scoring list with 1,795 points.



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