Jan. 25, 2014
Post-Game Interview - Lex Harris
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team was edged by conference foe Seton Hall, 90-87, on Saturday Jan. 25 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Pirates generated a late second-half run to hold off the Friars. Providence moves to 6-13 on the season, including a 1-7 mark in BIG EAST play. Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) tallied her second 30-point game of the year. Harris is the only BIG EAST player to have tallied more than one 30+ point games this season. She finished with 30 points, 13 rebounds and four assists to notch her seventh career double-double.
Providence opened the game on a 9-0 run (15:51) led by Harris who tallied six of the Friars' points. Providence extended its lead to 13 points (20-7) with 10:39 left to play in the half. At that point, the Pirates went on a 15-7 run to pull within six points of the Friars. Providence remained in control and carried a 46-36 advantage into the locker room.
Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) led all scorers in the first half with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field, including 3-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc. Harris finished the half with 12 points and 10 boards to secure a double-double. Harris also dished out two assists. Ka-Deidre Simmons and Tabatha Richardson-Smith paced the Pirates with eight points apiece.
Providence held its largest lead of the game (16 points) with 12:56 left to play in regulation. Begining at 14:44, Seton Hall went on an 32-14 run to take a two point lead, 84-82 (3:04). The Pirates extended their lead to as many as six points, 88-82 (00:32). Back-to-back baskets from sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) and Rule pulled the Friars within one, 88-87 (00:10).
Five Pirates finished the game in double figures. Simmons led Seton Hall in scoring with 20 points, and added eight assists and one steal.
Rule notched six points in the second half and finished with 19 points overall. Iiskola joined Harris and Rule in double figures with 11 points while freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) and junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) added 10 points each. Beal and senior guard Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) dished out five assists apiece.
At halftime, the Providence College Athletics Department retired the uniform jersey of Friar great Tracy Lis `92. Lis is the second women's basketball player at the College to join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition, and third honoree overall, joining Kathy Finn Hill `84 and former Associate Athletic Director, the late Helen Bert. Lis remains the Friars' all-time leading scorer with 2,534 career points. She helped guide the Friars to four-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and three BIG EAST Championships games. Providence captured the BIG EAST title in 1990 and also advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament that same season. She concluded her career as a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, including two appearances on the First Team. Lis went on to play professionally for the New England Blizzard of the American Basketball League (ABL).
Providence College returns to action on Tuesday, January 28 against BIG EAST foe Butler. The game will be played at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. and is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m.
- GO FRIARS! -