Jan. 4, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. -
The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Villanova, 68-59, in BIG EAST action on January 4 in Villanova, Pa. Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) paced the Friars with a game-high 23 points and eight rebounds. She hit 10-of-16 shots from the field and also added one assist and one block. The Friars fall to 5-8 overall on the season and 0-2 in the BIG EAST Conference. Villanova improves to 11-2 overall (2-1 BIG EAST).
Providence held a 9-8 lead over Villanova with 15:32 left to play in the first half. The Wildcats closed the half on a 7-2 run and carried a 10-point advantage into the break (35-25). Taylor Holeman and Katherine Coyer led the Wildcats with eight points apiece in the opening half. Harris paced the Friars with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field to secure her 10th double-figure scoring game of the season.
The Friars battled back in the second half to take a 43-40 lead with the help of an 18-5 scoring run during the first 8:38 of play. Five players contributed to the run, led by Harris, who scored six points.
Villanova regained the lead (44-43) with 10:04 left in the game and held on for the victory. Providence shot the ball well from the floor in the final 10 minutes, connecting on 6-of-11 attempts, but were hampered by six turnovers during the same stretch of time. Villanova scored off of five of the turnovers for a total of 11 points.
Freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) netted 16 points for the Friars on 7-of-13 shooting and joined Harris with a team-best eight rebounds. Beal scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half. She also dished two assists in 35 minutes of action. Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished the day with nine points, four rebounds and team-highs in blocks (two) and steals (two).
Harris and Beal combined to score 24 of the Friars' 34 points in the second half. The duo nailed 10-of-15 shots from the floor, including 1-of-1 attempts from beyond the arc.
Devon Kane led Villanova with 17 points and seven assists. Holeman completed the day with 16 points and a team-best five boards. K. Coyer netted 10 points and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Villanova held a 22-4 edge in points off of turnovers in the game and finished with a 33-5 advantage in bench scoring. Providence held the Wildcats to 4-of-21 shooting from beyond the three-point arc in the game. The Friars also held a slim advantage on the boards (33-32).