Jan. 16, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -
The Providence College women's basketball team fell to BIG EAST foe Rutgers, 87-61, on Wednesday, January 16 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers' Betnijah Laney led all scorers 24 points on 9-11 shooting from the field. Senior guard Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) paced the Friars with 19 points, seven assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Rutgers held a 7-4 lead at the 17-19 mark of the first half before going on a 12-0 run to take a 19-4 advantage with 13:50 on the clock. Sophomore Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished the half with 11 points for Providence. Roberts scored eight-straight points in a span of 2:12 late in the first half to aid the Friar offense. Monique Oliver led Rutgers with 12 first-half points, while eight other Scarlet Knights also found the bottom of the net.
In the second half, Rutgers pushed its lead to 28 (67-39) with 11:50 remaining in the game and maintained control the rest of the way. Monique Oliver and Kahleah Copper joined Laney in double figures for Rutgers with 16 points and 14 points, respectively. Copper and Erica Wheeler each hauled in a team-best six rebounds, while Syessence Davis dished out a game-high 10 assists.
For the Friars, Rule finished the game with 17 points, while junior Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) matched her career-high with 10 points. Freshman Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) led the Friars with five rebounds and matched her career-high in assists with three. Roberts' seven assists on the night move her into 12th place all-time at Providence with 294. She needs just six assists to take sole possession of 11th place on the list, currently held by Diann Reynolds `88 (299).
Providence returns to action on Saturday, January 19 against DePaul. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m (CT)/8:00 p.m. (ET) in Chicago, Ill.
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