Jan. 12, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's basketball team fell to No. 24/21 DePaul, 66-55, in BIG EAST play on January 12 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. The Friars gave the Blue Demons all they could handle in the first half, and trailed 42-37 at halftime, but were unable to sustain the momentum in the second half of play. Providence freshman Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) matched her career high of 20 points to lead all scorers. Three Blue Demons cracked double figures en route to the victory, led by Caprice Smith's 15 points.
Providence led by as many as six points in the first half (20-14) with 10:14 showing on the clock. DePaul answered with an 11-4 scoring run over the next two minutes and 49-seconds to take a 25-24 lead with 7:47 left in the half. The Blue Demons held the lead for the remainder of the game. DePaul jumped ahead by as many as seven (35-28) in the first half with 5:22 on the clock, and took a five point lead into halftime (42-37).
In the second half, DePaul outscored Providence, 24-18, and reached its largest lead of the game (13) on two occasions. The Blue Demons scored 34 of their 66 points in the paint, compared to PC's 16 points inside. DePaul's bench production also proved to be a factor in the game, outscoring PC's reserves, 27-11.
Joining Hankins in double figures for Providence was sophomore Kendria Holmes (Charlotte, N.C.), who hit for 11 points. Junior Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to lead PC, while Hankins grabbed eight boards. The Friars out-rebounded the Blue Demons, 35-31. It marks just the fifth time this season that the Friars out-rebounded their opponent.
Felicia Chester (13 points) and Allie Quigley (11 points) also hit double figures for the Blue Demons. Quigley grabbed eight rebounds and dished a game-high eight assists on the day. Chester collected a game-high five steals.
The Friars (10-5, 0-2 BIG EAST) return to action on Tuesday, January 15 against USF in Tampa, Fla. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. Providence follows with another road game against Pittsburgh on Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m.