Jan. 21, 2014
MILWAUKEE, WIS. - Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) scored a career-high 27 points, but the Providence College women's basketball team fell to Marquette, 87-79, on January 21 in Milwaukee, Wis. Providence falls to 6-12 overall and 1-6 in BIG EAST play, while Marquette improves to 13-4 (4-2 BIG EAST).
The Friars trailed 24-22 with 7:51 left in the opening stanza, but Marquette closed the half on a 22-7 run to take a 46-29 lead into the break. Providence shot 38.7-percent (12-31), compared to Marquette's 63.6-percent shooting (21-33). The Friars had an opportunity to make up some ground at the foul line, but hit just two of their eight attempts. Marquette did not go to the charity stripe in the first half.
Marquette pushed its lead to as many as 18 (74-56) with 7:01 remaining in the game. The Friars cut the deficit to eight (82-74) with 7:01 to play as the team went on a 18-8 scoring run. Providence got within seven (86-79) with three seconds remaining, but ran out of time during the effort to complete its come-back.
Beal shot 8-15 from the field and converted 10-12 attempts from the free throw line on the night. She also collected three rebounds, four assists and two steals. Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) came off the bench to score 16 points on 6-12 shooting, including 4-8 attempts from beyond the three-point arc. Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) finished the evening with 15 points and a team-best nine rebounds, while sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) netted 14 points and added three rebounds and two assists.
The Friars improved from the free throw line in the second half (77.3-percent, 17-22), and finished the game 19-30 (66.3-percent). Providence also shot an impressive 53.6-percent from the field in the closing 20 minutes (15-28), while holding Marquette to 41.9-percent (13-31). Providence also took advantage of Marquette's 10 second-half turnovers and converted them into 15 points. The Friars held a 17-11 advantage in points off of turnovers for the game.
Katherine Plouffe led the Golden Eagles with 23 points and added seven boards, five assists and one blocked shot. Katie Young registered a double-double on 12 points and 10 rebounds. Brooklyn Pumroy chipped in 12 points and a game-high six assists. Arlesia Morse and Apiew Ojulu contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, January 25 against BIG EAST foe Seton Hall. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I., and is scheduled to tip-off at 2:30 p.m. At halftime, the Friars will honor Friar Great Tracy Lis `92, who will become the second women's basketball player at the College, and third honoree overall, to have her jersey retired, joining Kathy Finn Hill `84 and former Associate Athletics Director Helen Bert.
- GO FRIARS! -
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