Jan. 4, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. -
The Providence College women's basketball team trailed by three points (41-38) with 7:20 remaining in the game, but St. John's closed out the evening with a 16-3 scoring advantage to defeat the Friars, 57-41, on January 4 in Queens, N.Y. Senior Rachel Barnes (Windsor, Conn.) scored a team-best 15 points for the Friars, including 12 in the second half. St. John's was led offensively by Shenneika Smith's 18 points.
St. John's started the game on a 12-2 run during the first 5:30 of play, as the Red Storm hit five of their first seven shot attempts. Providence cut the deficit to four (12-8) on a 6-0 run at the 12:02 mark. As both offenses struggled to convert baskets, the Red Storm maintained their four-point margin (20-16) with 2:05 left in the half. St. John's scored five-straight points to extend its lead to 25-16, including a three-point basket by Eugenia McPherson with 1:31 on the clock. Providence's Lauren Okafor (New Haven, Conn.) closed the half with a conventional three-point play, and St. John's took a 25-19 lead into halftime.
Barnes scored the Friars' first eight points of the second half, including two three-point baskets and was 3-of-3 from the field. Heading into the first media timeout, St. John's held a five-point advantage (32-27).
Providence cut the lead to three (41-38) with 7:45 remaining in the game on a short jumper by Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.). The lead remained three points (41-38), with 7:20 on the clock as sophomore Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) hit a lay-up off an inbounds play under the basket. The Friars' only point in the closing 7:20 came on a free throw with 15 seconds left.
Senior Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.), who scored double figures in each of Providence's games leading up to the St. John's game, finished the night with four points and a team-best seven rebounds. She played just 22 minutes due to foul trouble.
Providence out-rebounded the Red Storm, 37-36. St. John's benefited from 18 Friar turnovers by converting 22 points. Providence tallied 11 points off of 15 St. John's miscues.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, January 7 against No. 20 DePaul. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m.