Women's Basketball Hangs On To Defeat Seton Hall, 59-51

Jan. 24, 2009

Final Stats

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Providence College women's basketball team held on for a 59-51 victory against Seton Hall on Saturday, January 24 at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J. It halts a three-game losing streak to the Pirates, marking the first victory over Seton Hall since January 18, 2006. Junior Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) led the Friars with 17 points and a career-high eight blocked shots. Sophomore point guard Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) hauled in a career-high nine rebounds to lead the Friars, while Cournoyer added eight boards.

Hull gave the Friars a 31-19 lead heading into halftime as she collected a steal and netted a fast-break layup with just one second remaining in the first half. Cournoyer led the Friars in the first 20 minutes with seven points, followed by six each from Hull and sophomore Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.). Noteisha Womack led the Pirates first half effort with five points.

The Pirates were held to just one field goal and six free throws in the final 10:54 of the half - and were scoreless for five minutes and 24 seconds during that same stretch. Providence played a stifling defense in the opening 20 minutes that forced Seton Hall into 17.2-percent shooting (5-29). The Friars also recorded seven blocked shots, four steals and shot 50-percent (14-28) from the field in the half.

In the second half, Seton Hall heated up offensively and tied the game, 41-41, with 8:47 left on a 22-11 scoring run. Providence went back up two (43-41) on a Cournoyer jumper in the paint at 8:04. The Pirates would tie the game once more (45-45) with 6:33 left, but the Friars never relinquished their lead. The Friars outscored the Pirates, 14-6, down the stretch to hold on to the win.

Providence outrebounded Seton Hall, 40-33, and recorded a season-high 12 blocked shots in the game.



Hull completed the game with 13 points to join Cournoyer in double figures. Hankins added 12 points for the Friars. Seton Hall was led by Jadis Rhodin and Nicole Emery, who each netted 15 points. Noteisha Womack hauled in 13 rebuonds.

Providence returns to action on Tuesday, January 27 against Villanova in BIG EAST regular-season play. The game will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. in Villanova, Pa. It marks the second meeting of the season between the two teams. On January 10, the Friars fell to the Wildcats, 57-54, after leading by as many as 14 points in the first half. The game was played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I.

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