Jan. 28, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -
The Providence College women's basketball team dropped a heart-breaking decision at Butler, 72-69, during BIG EAST play in Indianapolis, Ind. Butler hit a deep three-point bucket with 13-seconds left in regulation to break a 69-69 tie and ultimately win the game. Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) led all scorers with 17 points.
Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) and junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) each posted double-doubles for the Friars. For Beal, it marked her first collegiate double-double as she scored 13 points and dished a career-best 13 assists. Beal becomes the sixth BIG EAST player to handout double-digit assists this season. Harris registered 15 points and 10 rebounds for her eighth double-double.
Butler carried a 34-32 lead into halftime, having out-scored the Friars 11-6 in points off of turnovers. Rule led all scorers in the first half with 12 points. She hit 4-of-8 attempts from the floor overall, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. Butler was led offensively by Daress McClung, who notched 10 points.
The Friars led by five (57-52) with 7:13 remaining in the game. Down the stretch the game was deadlocked on five different occasions. With 1:09 left, Butler's McClung hit a short jumper in the middle of the key to tie the game, 69-69. Providence missed its next two shot attempts, before Butler secured a defensive rebound. Taylor Schippers hit the eventual game-winning three-point basket for Butler as the shot clock expired and 13 seconds were left on the clock in regulation.
Providence College called a time out and got two looks at a three-pointer to tie the game, but both were defended well by the Bulldogs.
Mandy McDivitt led the Butler with 17 points and 11 rebounds. McClung finished the night with 15 points and eight boards. Schippers and Liz Stratman scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Friars will return to action on Saturday, February 1 against BIG EAST foe DePaul. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I., and is scheduled to tip-off at 2:00 p.m.
- GO FRIARS! -