Women's Basketball Falls To #22/24 Pittsburgh, 81-61

    Mi-Khida Hankins

    Mi-Khida Hankins

    Jan. 19, 2008

    Final Stats

    PITTSBURGH, PA. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to #22/24 Pittsburgh, 81-61, in BIG EAST Conference action at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. on January 19. Shavonte Zellous led all scorers in the game with 30 points for Pittsburgh, while Walker netted 18 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Providence was led by freshman Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.), who scored 16 points.

    The Friars led 9-8 with 13:04 remaining in the opening half, but Pittsburgh went to out-score the Friars, 22-9, to take a 30-18 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Zellous and Walker led Pitt's offense in the first half with 13 points and 10 points, respectively. For the Friars, freshman Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) and sophomore Kendria Holmes (Charlotte, N.C.) each tallied five first-half points.

    In the second half, Providence College got hot from the field and connected on 14-of-30 attempts from the floor (46.7-percent), including 3-of-8 from three-point territory (37.5-percent). However, the Panthers managed to get even hotter, shooting 57.7-percent in the second half (15-26). The Panthers out-scored the Friars 51-43 in the final 20 minutes to take the 20-point victory.

    Pittsburgh converted 27 of its 81 points off of 16 Friar turnovers, while the Friars managed 11 points off of 16 Pitt miscues. Pitt also held a 36-22 scoring advantage in the paint and a 38-29 edge in rebounding.

    Holmes finished the night with seven points and dished a team-high five assists. Hankins complemented her 16 points with a team-high eight rebounds.

    Providence (11-6, 1-3 BIG EAST) returns to action on Tuesday, January 22 against BIG EAST foe Villanova. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m.