Jan. 23, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team rallied from a 19-point deficit (29-10) at the half to defeat 25th-ranked Villanova in overtime, 65-60. The victory over the Wildcats marks the Friar's first BIG EAST victory of the season and Villanova's first conference loss. Providence improves to 6-12 (1-4 BIG EAST) while the Wildcats fall to 15-3 (4-1 BIG EAST). Senior guard Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) finished with 20 points, 18 of which came in the second half. Roberts also added eight rebounds and four assists.
After Providence notched the first four points of the game to give the Friars a 4-0 lead, Villanova went on a 29-6 run to give the Wildcats a 29-10 advantage at the half. Laura Sweeney paved the way for the Wildcats with nine points and nine rebounds in the first 20 minutes of play.
Momentum quickly shifted when Providence opened the second half on a 21-0 run to take a 31-29 lead (13:24). The Friar defense held the Wildcats scoreless until Sweeney hit a three pointer at 12:38 to give Villanova a 32-31 edge.
Villanova held a 51-49 advantage with 13 seconds remaining in regulation when Roberts drove to the basket and finished a layup to knot the score, 51-51. Providence outscored Villanova, 49-22, in the second half to send the game into overtime.
Providence would continue its offensive success in overtime, outscoring the Wildcats, 14-9. The Friars took a 61-57 lead over Villanova with 19 seconds remaining and Providence was able to hold its advantage until the final buzzer (65-60).
Two Friars joined Roberts in double figures, including sophomore Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.), who hit for 19 points. Senior forward Brianna Edwards (Minneapolis, Minn.) recorded 14 points and hauled in 16 rebounds to notch her third career double-double. Her 16 rebounds ties her personal career-best.
Providence held a commanding advantage on the boards, 65-40, with 30 coming off of the offensive glass. The Friars notched 29 second chance points and 13 fast-break points. Sophomore forward Chanise Baldwin (Pontiac, Mich.) finished the game with a career high 11 rebounds, and chipped in six points.
Providence returns to action on Saturday, January 26 when it travels to Notre Dame, Ind. to take on No. 2/3 Notre Dame. It marks the first of two meetings against the Fighting Irish this season. Tip-off at Purcell Pavilion is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
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