Jan. 10, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's basketball team surrendered a 14-point first half lead on January 10 to BIG EAST foe Villanova en route to a 57-54 loss at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Providence's Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) put in another stellar performance with a season-high 20 points and career-high 15 rebounds. It marked her third double-double of the season and fourth of her career.
Providence led by as many as 14 points (23-9) with 6:39 remaining in the first half. Villanova managed to cut the deficit to six points at halftime (25-19) on a 10-2 scoring run.
In the second half, Providence pushed its lead back to nine (31-22), but back-to-back three-point buckets by Villanova's Siobhan O'Connor got the Wildcats to within three (31-28) with 13:35 on the clock. Providence maintained its lead until Laura Kurz put the Wildcats on top with two free throws at the 8:17 mark (38-37). Cournoyer responded to help the Friars regain a one-point advantage (39-38) on a layup just 17 seconds later. However, Kurz chipped in the difference maker at the 6:58 mark to give Villanova a 40-39 lead. It was a lead the Wildcats would not relinquish down the stretch. Villanova held a 17-15 scoring advantage to close out the contest.
Nine of Villanova's 14 field goals in the game were from beyond the three-point arc. The Wildcats didn't hit a field-goal inside the arc during the game until the 11:04 mark of the second half on a Tia Grant lay-in. Villanova was 14-of-45 from the field overall, 9-of-23 from three-point territory and sank a decisive 20-of-24 free throws.
Providence connected on 20-of-59 shot attempts (3-14 from three point territory) and 11-of-14 shots from the foul line. The Friars held a slim, 38-34, advantage on the boards.
Chelsea Marandola (Johnston, R.I.) and Catherine Bove (Cincinnati, Ohio) chipped in 14 and 13 points, respectively for Providence.
For Villanova, Kurz and O'Connor each netted 16 points, while Maria Getty knocked down 13. Kurz recorded a double-double by adding 10 boards.
- GO FRIARS! -