Jan. 15, 2008
TAMPA, FLA. -
The Providence College women's basketball team defeated USF, 61-49, in BIG EAST Conference action on Tuesday, January 15 at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. Sophomore Kendria Holmes (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a game-high 17 points and junior Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) recorded her third double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
It marks Providence's first victory over USF in three meetings all-time since the Bulls joined the BIG EAST. It also snaps the Friars' seven game winless streak in BIG EAST regular-season play, which dates back to last season. Providence improves to 11-5 overall and 1-2 in the league. USF falls to 10-7 (0-4 BIG EAST).
The Friars took a 39-24 lead into the locker room at halftime after shooting and impressive 56.6-percent from the field (13-23), including a 5-7 showing from beyond the three-point arc. The Friars also hit 8-13 free-throw attempts in the half. On the other side, USF struggled from the field, making just eight of its 30 shot attempts (26.7-percent). Holmes led the Friar offense during the first 20 minutes of play with nine points. Darrian and sophomore Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) each chipped in seven. Jessica Lawson scored five first-half points to lead the Bulls.
The Bulls scored five-straight points to start the second half and cut the lead to 10 points (39-29) over the course of the first one minute and 24 seconds. Providence answered with a 13-6 run to push its lead back up to 17 (52-35) with 10:38 left to play. The Bulls then went on a 12-4 run of their own to get within nine (56-47), but the Friars closed out the game with a 5-2 scoring advantage.
Freshman Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) joined Holmes and Darrian in double figures with 10 points. Holmes added a game-high four assists. Sophomore Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) collected a career-high six steals, while Cournoyer completed the night with nine points, eight rebounds and a career-best six blocked shots. The Friars blocked a total of 10 shots on the evening, marking the second highest total of the season.
The Friars out-rebounded their opponent for the seventh time this season with a 40-37 advantage on the boards against USF. Providence has out-rebounded two of its three BIG EAST opponents on the year.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, January 19 against BIG EAST foe Pittsburgh. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
- GO FRIARS -