Women's Basketball Stuns #20/18 DePaul, 60-52

Jan. 7, 2012

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated No. 20/18 DePaul, 60-52, on Saturday, January 7 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. It marked the program's first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent since January 7, 2009 - exactly three years to the day. That win came against then-No. 19/20 Pittsburgh (77-69). Senior forward Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) posted her league-leading 12th double-double with 19 points and 12 boards to lead the Friars.

In the first half, the Friars led by as many as 12 (35-23) with 1:07 remaining on the clock. DePaul closed the half on a 5-0 run to get within seven at the break (35-28). The Friars were able to control the half with a 29-8 rebounding margin. Fifteen of the Friars' 29 boards came off the offensive glass. Providence held a 9-0 scoring advantage in second-chance points. Wright led the Friars with 12 points and seven rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. Six of her seven boards were offensive. Anna Martin led DePaul with nine points in the half.

DePaul started the second half where it left off, scoring six unanswered points to get within one (35-34) with 17:17 on the clock. However, Providence would not relinquish its lead en route to the victory. With 6:36 remaining in the game, the Friar pushed their lead to 10 (50-40); punctuated by a short baseline jumper by Alicia Cropper (Brooklyn, N.Y.). DePaul cut the deficit to five (52-47) with 3:20 on the clock, but it was the closest the Blue Demons could get.

The Friars connected on 6-of-6 free throws in the final 1:17 to hold off the possibility of a Blue Demon rally. Junior Symone Roberts was 4-of-4 during that stretch and was 7-of-7 from the stripe for the game. Roberts finished the night with 13 points, three rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.

Providence dominated the glass with a 46-26 rebounding advantage. The Friars 26 defensive rebounds equaled the total number of Blue Demon boards for the game. Providence improves to 8-1 on the season when scoring 60+ points and 8-1 when leading at halftime.

Martin finished the day with 17 points, while Jasmine Penny added 10. Katherine Harry contributed eight points and a team-high six rebounds.

The Friars return to action against No. 2/2 Connecticut on Tuesday, January 10 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

- FRIARS -

 

 

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