Jamine Peterson, Chelsea Marandola And Phil Seymore Earn Awards At Auunaul Cox Sports R.I. Basketball Media Luncheon

March 29, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College men's basketball sophomore forward Jamine Peterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.), women's basketball senior guard Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) and women's basketball Head Coach Phil Seymore were all honored at the Cox Sports R.I. Basketball Media Luncheon today at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Warwick, R.I. Peterson was named the co-recipient (with Brown's Matt Mullery) of the Bill Reynolds Award as Men's Player of the Year. Marandola was a co-recipient (with Bryant's Kelsey O'Keefe) of the Mary Burke Award as Women's Player of the Year. Seymore received the Vin Cullen Award as the Women's Coach of the Year.

Peterson also earned the United States Basketball Writers Association District I Player of the Year, was named to the USBWA All-District Team and received All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention accolades this year. Peterson, who was the first Friar since Michael Smith in 1994 to average a double-double, led the Friars in 2009-10 with 19.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He ranked fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring and second overall in rebounding. His 4.35 offensive rebounds per game was tops in the league. Peterson posted at least 10 points in 27-of-31 games and 10 or more rebounds in 16 contests. The 6-6 forward also led the Friars with 17 20-point performances and eight 25-point games in 2009-10. His 17 20-point efforts were the most by a Friar since Ryan Gomes reached the mark 20 times in 2004-05. Peterson's BIG EAST-leading 16 double-doubles were the third most by a Friar since 1990 and the most since Ryan Gomes recorded 17 in 2002-03. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native was one of only three players in the nation this season to record at least 20 rebounds in two games on the year. With his 29-point, 20-rebound performance against Rutgers on January 9, Peterson became the seventh Friar, and 12th player in BIG EAST history, to post 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game.



Marandola earned the Mary Burke Award for the second-straight season. She led the Friars to their first winning season since 1991-92 with a 19-15 overall record. The team also advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Marandola averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game. She recorded double figures in the scoring column during 33 of the Friars' 34 games, and hit for 20+ points 15 times. Marandola also became the 10th Friar to earn All-BIG EAST First-Team honors and the first Providence player to do so since 1994. Previously, she earned All-BIG EAST Second-Team honors (2007) and was an All-Freshman Team selection in 2006. In 119 career games with the Friars, Marandola recorded 1,795 points and 651 rebounds. She ranks third all-time at Providence in career scoring and 16th all-time in rebounding. Marandola also recorded career totals of 261 assists and 201 steals.

Seymore guided the Friars to their first winning season since 1991-92 with a 19-15 overall record. Providence was picked to finish 15th in the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll and exceeded all expectation with an eighth-place finish after posting a 7-9 league record. The Friars also earned a bye in the first round of the BIG EAST Conference Women's Basketball Championship as the No. 8 seed. The Friars' seven wins in league play marked the most since 2001-02, when the team also posted a 7-9 record. Providence advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament where it fell to Miami, 73-65, on March 28. The team's 3-1 record in the WNIT this year marked the most wins in a single post-season tournament in program history. Seymore took over the women's basketball program at Providence in 2005 and has recorded 10-or-more victories in four of his five seasons on the sidelines. Prior to his appointment as head coach, the Friars recorded a 1-27 record in 2004-05 and suffered back-to-back winless seasons in league play.

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