Women's Basketball Falls To St. John's in BIG EAST opener, 57-52

Jan. 3, 2009

Final Stats

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to St. John's, 57-52, in the BIG EAST opener on January 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. Monique McLean led all scorers with 28 points for St. John's, while teammate Da'Shena Stevens recorded a double-double on 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Friars were led offensively by junior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) who posted 13 points. Senior Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for the Friars.

The two teams played evenly through the first eight minutes of the game, and the Friars held a 15-12 lead when Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) knocked down a three-pointer at the 11:57 mark. St. John's took over the lead with 10:53 left on the clock (17-15), and it was a lead it would never relinquish. St. John's held a 33-21 advantage at halftime.

St. John's pushed its lead to 15 (38-23) with 16:02 left in the game. The Friars held tough and slowly managed to cut the deficit to four (54-50) with 1:50 left. However, it proved to be as close as PC could get down the stretch.

Joining Cournoyer in double figures for Providence was sophomore Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.). Hull chipped in a season-high 11 points off the bench and added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot. Darrian tallied eight points with her 14 rebounds. She moves into 18th place all-time on PC's career rebounding list with 570 caroms. It marks the third-consecutive game that Darrian has recorded double-digits on the glass.

The Friars outrebounded the Red Storm, 45-39, and recorded a season-high 10 blocked shots. Sophomore Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) registered a career-high five blocked shots.



Providence returns to action on Wednesday, January 7 against Pittsburgh. The game will be played at 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I.
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