Tori Rule notched a game-high 17 points.
Feb. 1, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team dropped a 74-63 decision to DePaul on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Friars move to 6-15 (1-9 BIG EAST) on the season while the preseason BIG EAST favorite Blue Demons improve to 17-5 (8-2 BIG EAST). Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished with a game-high 17 points for her 17th double-digit performance of the season.
DePaul jumped out to an early four point lead 6-4 (16:43). The Friars and Blue Demons exchanged baskets until Providence took its first lead of the game on a layup from sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) with 8:32 left to play in the half. The Friars extended their lead to as many as six points, 25-19, on a pair of free throws from senior guard Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (4:11). DePaul closed the half on an 11-2 run to take a 30-27 advantage into the locker room.
Through the first 20 minutes of play Brittany Hyrnko led all scorers with eight points. Hyrnko anchored the Blue Demons' defense with five steals. Rule paced the Friars' offense with seven points.
The Blue Demons opened the second half with a 36-13 scoring advantage to take a 60-44 lead with 7:56 to play. Beginning at the 7:30 mark the Friars went on a 6-0 run to pull within 10 points of the Blue Demons (60-50), but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way.
Five Blue Demons finished the in double figures. Jasmine Penny led DePaul with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor.
Freshman guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) joined Rule in double figures with 13 points. Beal also tallied four steals and dished two assists. Her four steals matches a career high.
Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) dominated the boards and hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds, including nine off of the defensive glass. Harris' nine-game double-digit scoring streak was halted by DePaul.
The Friars held the Blue Demons to 74 points, which falls below DePaul's league-leading average of 85 points per game.
Providence returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 5 when the Friars host Villanova in a 7:00 p.m. match-up at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
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