Women's Basketball Rallies To Defeat West Virginia, 51-48

Jan. 14, 2012

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat West Virginia, 51-48, on January 14 in Providence, R.I. Senior Rachel Barnes (Windsor, Conn.) recorded a game-high 19 points to lead the Friars, including 14 in the decisive second half.

West Virginia took a 28-18 lead into the locker room, following an opening 20 minutes filled with scoring runs. The Mountaineers started the game off on an 8-0 run in the first 3:19 of play. Providence responded with an 8-0 run of its own to tie the game with 14:43 showing on the clock. The Mountaineers answered with a 12-2 run to take a 20-10 lead at the 9:24 mark, which was followed by an 8-0 Friar run to get within two (20-18) at the 6:07 mark. West Virginia pushed its lead back to 10 with an 8-0 scoring advantage to close the half.

Providence opened the second half with a pair of free throws and WVU came right back with a short jumper by Jessica Harlee to make the score, 30-20, with 18:20 on the clock. At that point, the Friars exploded offensively and out-scored the Mountaineers, 17-4, to take a 39-34 advantage remaining in the game. West Virginia battled back to tie the game three times down the stretch, but the Friars would not relinquish their lead.

Joining Barnes in double figures for the Friars was sophomore Alicia Cropper (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and senior Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.), who tallied 13 and 10 points, respectively. Cropper added five rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Lauren Okafor (New Haven, Conn.) led Providence on the glass with seven rebounds and added a career-high five steals.

West Virginia won the battle of the boards, 45-32. However, the Mountaineers committed 23 turnovers compared to the Friars' 13. Asya Bussie finished the day with 14 points for WVU. Christal Caldwell and Taylor Palmer added 13 points each. Caldwell added a game-high nine rebounds.

The victory marks the first for Providence this season when trailing at the half. The Friars entered the game with an 0-7 record when trailing at halftime. Providence also improves to 5-0 in games played on Saturday.

The Friars hit the road for back-to-back road games against No. 16/15 Louisville on Wednesday, January 18 (7:00 p.m. ET) and Marquette on Saturday, January 21 (8:00 p.m. ET). Providence returns home to the friendly confines of Alumni Hall to host Pittsburgh on Saturday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m.




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