Jan. 21, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's basketball team defeated BIG EAST foe Marquette, 52-50, on Saturday, January 21 at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Senior Rachel Barnes (Windsor, Conn.) hit two free throws with one-tenth of a second left on the clock to lift the Friars to the victory. Fellow senior Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) paced Providence with a game-high 18 points.
The Golden Eagles took a 10-5 lead in the first half, but the Friars responded with a 10-2 run to take a 15-12 lead with 10:47 on the clock. The Friars held a 19-17 lead at the 4:29 mark, but pushed out to their largest lead of the half (25-17) with a 6-0 spurt. Providence went into the locker room at the break with a 26-19 advantage. Wright led the way with 11 points, while Marquette's Apiew Ojulu tallied seven points. Marquette turned the ball over 15 times in the opening 20 minutes, compared to eight Friar turnovers.
Marquette came out of the gates fast in the second half, outscoring the Friars, 22-4, to take a 41-30 lead with 13:11 remaining in the game. Providence responded with an 11-0 run to tie the game, 41-41, with 9:04 to play. The Friars regained the lead (46-45) at the 5:35 mark, but Marquette quickly answered with a three to take a 48-46 lead with 5:08 on the clock.
Barnes and sophomore Alicia Cropper (Brooklyn, N.Y.) tallied back-to-back fast-break lay-ups for the Friars to take a 50-48 advantage heading into the final media timeout at 3:27.
Marquette struck first out of the timeout to tie the score, 50-50, with 1:20 remaining. The Friars shot attempt on the next possession was off the mark and the Golden Eagles secured the rebound. On the other end, Marquette's Katie Young shot misfired and hit the iron, but the Golden Eagles secured the offensive board and called time out with 27 seconds left.
The Friars caused a held ball with four seconds left, but the Golden Eagles retained possession. Marquette got a shot off in the final seconds from the right baseline, but Barnes came up with the defensive rebound and was fouled with a tenth of a second remaining. With the Friars in the double-bonus, Barnes hit both free throws to take the 52-50 win.
Barnes finished the night with 11 points, six rebounds and five steals. Junior Brianna Edwards (Minneapolis, Minn.) recorded a team-best seven boards for the Friars. Six of her seven boards came off the offensive glass.
Katherine Plouffe posted a double-double on 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ojulu and Ariesia Morse contributed 11 points each, while Young added 10.