Women's Basketball Falls To #8/9 Duke, 88-63

Jan. 3, 2010

Box Score

DURHAM, N.C. - The Providence College women's basketball team closed out its non-conference schedule with an 88-63 loss to #8/9 Duke on January 3 in Durham, N.C. Junior Tiffany Hurd (Moorpark, Calif.) netted a career-high 15 points to lead the Friars. Rhode Island natives Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) and Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Duke raced out to a 10-0 lead to open the game and the Friars were held without a basket for the first 3:05 of the game until Hull hit a base-line jumper to make the score 10-2. Providence rallied to within three (17-14) with 12:56 on the clock as Marandola knocked down her second three-pointer of the game.

Providence then went cold from the field as the Blue Devils pushed out to a 14-point lead (30-16) heading into the eight-minute media timeout. During the drought, the Friars' only points came on two free throws by Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.). Krystal Thomas came off the bench to score 11 points in the offensive spurt for Duke. Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.) ended the field-goal drought for the Friars with a three-point bucket at 6:42 to make the score 32-19.

Duke outscored Providence 13-5 in the final 5:39 of the opening 20 minutes to take a 45-24 lead into the locker room at the break. For the half, Duke shot a blistering 66.7-percent from the field (20-30). The Friars shot just 34.6-percent (9-26), including 4-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc.

In the second half, Jasmine Thomas hit three, three pointers to bolster the Blue Devil offense and give Duke a 60-32 lead heading into the first media timeout at 15:12. The Blue Devils hit six of their eight three-pointers in the second half and were never threatened the remainder of the game.



Duke outscored Providence 44-14 in the paint. The Blue Devils also held a decisive advantage on the boards, out-rebounding the Friars 45-29.

Senior Jessica Clark (Bronx, N.Y.) gave the Friars another solid effort with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds. Marandola and Wells each finished the day with four assists.

Providence returns to action on Wednesday, January 6 against BIG EAST foe Villanova. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I.

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