March 30, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Senior guard Cheslea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) was named Cox Sports/Rhode Island Basketball Media Co-Women's Player of the Year. Marandola shared the honor, also known as the Mary Burke Award, with Bryant University guard Kelsey O'Keefe (Warren, Mass.). For Marandola, it marks the second time in her career she has been recognized as the Rhode Island Player of the Year.
Marandola returned to the court in 2008-09 after missing the entire 2007-08 campaign with an injury. She led the team in scoring (12.0 ppg) and steals (1.2 spg) and also contributed 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. She shot an impressive 39.8-percent (134-337) from the floor, including 30.4-percent from beyond the three-point arc. She also finished the year as the Friars' leading free-throw shooter. She netted 85.7-percent of her attempts at the charity stripe (54-63).
Marandola also notched 20 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 23 points against BIG EAST foe Syracuse on March 2. She became the 29th player in Providence College history to score 1,000 career points after hitting for 15 points against DePaul on January 17. With one year of eligibility remaining, Marandola has totaled 1,182 career points, which is good for 18th on the Friars' all-time scoring list.
Marandola will return the court in 2009-10 as a fifth-year senior. A native of Johnston, R.I., she played scholastically at Johnston High School. She is the daughter of Lois and Roger Marandola.
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