Jan. 5, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's basketball opened BIG EAST Conference play with a 79-64 loss to Georgetown on Saturday, January 5 in Providence, R.I. The afternoon showdown marked the first BIG EAST game for first-year Friar Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl. With the loss, the Friars move to 5-9 overall (0-1 BIG EAST) while Georgetown improves to 10-4 (1-0 BIG EAST). Senior Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) led the way for the Friars with 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals.
The Friars held their biggest lead (32-22) at the 5:01 mark of the first half. Georgetown would close the last five minutes on a 14-4 run to tie the game, 36-36, at the break.
Sophomore guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) led the Friars in the first half with 14 points, shooting 4-8 (50-percent) from the field, including 4-7 from beyond the three-point arc. Sugar Rodgers tallied 20 points for Georgetown in the first 20 minutes of play, converting on 7-14 shots from the field. Rodgers downed 3-7 attempts (42.8 percent) from three-point range.
Providence gave up 16 turnovers in the first half which the Hoyas were able to convert into 13 points. Conversely the Friars were able to capitalize on 12 Georgetown turnovers with 10 points.
The Hoyas opened the second half with a 25-9 run, which gave Georgetown a 16 point lead at 9:39 (61-45). The Friars would come within eight points of the Hoyas with 3:41 remaining when senior guard Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) downed a three-pointer, but that was as close as they would get. Georgetown closed the game on a 12-5 run and held its largest lead (17 points) with 18 seconds remaining in regulation.
Providence finished 22-57 from the field (38.6 percent) and 9-23 from beyond the three point arch (39.1 percent). Two Friars joined Roberts in double figures, including Rule and freshman forward Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland), with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Iiskola and Rule combined for six of the Friars' nine three-point field goals. Junior Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added eight points off the bench along with five assists and a career-high three steals.
Rodgers finished the game with a triple-double on 33 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. As a team Georgetown finished 30-55 from the field (54.5 percebt) and 6-17 from three point range (35.3 percent).
Providence and Georgetown combined for 52 turnovers, 30 and 22, respectively. Georgetown held a 30-22 advantage in points off of turnovers for the game.
The Friars held the advantage on the boards, 38-29, with 26 rebounds coming off of the offensive glass. However, Providence held just a slim advantage in second-chance points (5-3).
Providence returns to action on Saturday, January 12 when it welcomes No. 11/10 Louisville to Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.