Friday, March 19, 2010

Talking about Providence

Old Dominion's second-round WNIT schedule is set - the Lady Monarchs will visit Providence on Monday at 7 p.m.

About Providence:

- The Friars have a 17-14 record and an RPI of 81 (ODU's RPI is 57).

- They finished tied with Syracuse for eighth place in the 16-team Big East. In the Big East Tournament second round, No. 9 Syracuse defeated No. 8 Providence 76-71.

- The game will be played at Alumni Hall, a 55-year-old on-campus facility that seats 2,620. Average attendance: 324. Providence is 10-4 in home games this season. ODU is 8-5 on the road.

- Common opponents: Providence split with Syracuse (W 71-69, L 76-71), beat St. Joseph's at home 88-57, lost at Hofstra 72-68 and lost at Louisville 67-48. ODU lost on a neutral floor to Syracuse (65-32) and Louisville (82-75), lost at St. Joseph's 78-62 and won at home against Hofstra 51-46.

- The Friars' top player is Chelsea Marandola, a 5-8 senior guard from Johnston, R.I., who was named to the 11-player All-Big-East first team. Marandola ranked fifth in the Big East in scoring (18.0), led the conference in free-throw percentage (91.2) was fourth in 3-point percentage (44.1) and ninth in steals (2.0). Here's a feature story on Marandola.

- Famous former Friar: ESPN broadcaster Doris Burke, an All-Big East performer during the mid-1980s who left the school as the conference's all-time assists leader (306). Burke also spent two years as a Providence assistant coach.

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