Women's Basketball Defeats Villanova, 58-53

Jan. 19, 2011

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VILLANOVA, PA. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Villanova, 58-53, in BIG EAST Conference action on January 19 at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. It marks the first victory for Providence over Villanova on the Wildcats' home court since February 25, 1997.

Senior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) led the Friars with her second double-double of the season on 14 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow senior Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) scored eight of her 10 points in the second half and posted seven rebounds to secure the win.

The Friars took a 25-15 lead into the locker room at halftime behind a 10-0 scoring run in the final 6:07 of play. The score was tied 15-15 with 6:45 remaining, and the Wildcats went 0-4 down the stretch and committed five turnovers. Meanwhile, Providence shot 5-11 during the spurt. Hankins led the first-half effort for Providence with seven points. Laura Sweeney tallied seven points for Villanova.

In the second half, the Friars led by as many as 13 (30-17) with 16:53 to play. The Wildcats cut the deficit to four (30-26) at the 13:40 mark, but Providence pushed its lead to nine (37-28) with 12:02 on the clock as freshman Alicia Cropper (Brooklyn, N.Y.) hit a runner in the lane.

The Wildcats scratched to within one (46-45) with 5:30 remaining, but Providence answered with back-to-back hoops to push its lead to five (50-45) heading into the final media time out (3:02). Sophomore Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) increased PC's lead to seven (52-45) on a short baseline jumper with 2:22 on the clock. Lindsay Kimmel snapped the Wildcat's drought with a jumper at the 1:54 mark to get back within five (52-47). Villanova managed to get as close as four points, twice, down the stretch, but the Friars held on at the foul line hitting 5-of-8 free throws in the final minute of play.



Sweeney finished the night with a game-high 19 points for Villanova. She also added nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Megan Pearson came off the bench to score nine points. The Wildcats outscored the Friars, 38-33, in the second half. Sixteen of the Wildcats' 38 points came from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes.

One of the key factors in the game for Providence was the turnover differential. The Friars forced 19 Villanova miscues and converted 15 points. Providence turned the ball over a season-low seven times, from which the Wildcats scored two points.

The Friars will return to action on Saturday, January 22 against Rutgers. The game will be played at the Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC) in Piscataway, N.J. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.


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