Second-Half Surge Lifts Women's Basketball Over Pitt, 66-50

Jan. 28, 2012

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated BIG EAST foe Pittsburgh, 66-50, on January 28 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Senior Rachel Barnes (Windsor, Conn.) led three Friars in double figures with 15 points and added eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Providence took a 28-21 lead into halftime. With the score tied (17-17) at the 4:46 mark, the Friars closed the half on an 11-4 run to hold the seven-point advantage. Sophomore Alicia Cropper (Brooklyn, N.Y.) paced the Friars with six points. Pitt was led by Brianna Kiesel's 11 first-half points.

The two teams traded baskets in the first 2:15 of the second half as the Friars held a 31-25 lead. At the 17:31 mark, Providence broke the game open with three-straight three-point baskets to take a 40-25 lead. The three-point barrage took just 1:01 off the clock and the Friars were in control the rest of the way. Providence led by as many as 22 (51-29) with 11:08 to play. Pitt cut the deficit to as few as 13 points on two occasions, but could not get any closer.

Senior Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.) and sophomore Lauren Okafor (New Haven, Conn.) each scored 13 points in the victory. For Okafor, it marked a career-high in the scoring column, and she added eight rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots. Wells hit double figures for just the fourth time this season and eighth time overall for her career. The Friars are 7-1 all-time when Wells nets double figures. She also added three assists and three steals.

Kiesel tallied a game-high 17 points to lead Pitt. Kyra Dunn registered a double-double on 11 points and 10 rebounds. Pitt won the battle of the boards, 45-38.

The Friars shot just 38.8-percent from the field during the game on 23-60 shooting, but were impressive from beyond the arc. Providence hit 9-20 attempts from deep (45.0-percent). Pitt completed the day 15-57 (31.6-percent) from the field, including 1-6 from three-point territory.

Providence returns to action on Tuesday, January 31 against Syracuse. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.




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