Feb. 2, 2013
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to No. 24 Syracuse, 75-59, on Saturday, February 2 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. Sophomore forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) narrowly missed a double-double for the Friars as she scored a career-high 15 points and added nine rebounds.
Providence trailed by just two points (18-16) with 8:07 remaining in the first half before Syracuse got loose on a 10-0 run to mount a 28-16 lead with 5:18 to play. The Orange managed to push the lead out to 40-26 at the break. The Friars were plagued by 17 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, and the Orange took advantage by outscoring Providence, 18-6, in points off of turnovers.
Harris recorded 11 of her 15 points in the first half to lead all scorers. Sophomore Chanise Baldwin (Pontiac, Mich.) led the Friars with six boards. Kayla Alexander led Syracuse with eight points in the first half.
In the second half, the Orange held a 35-33 scoring advantage and maintained their hold on the game. Providence's second-leading scorer Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) tallied all seven of her points in the final stanza and was held to single-digits for the second-straight game. Senior Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) contributed eight of her 13 points in the second half. Roberts also dished a game-high six assists.
The Friars shot 37.5-percent from the floor (21-56) in the game and made one less field goal than the Orange. Syracuse converted 22-of-61 attempts from the floor (36.1-percent), but the Orange held a distinct advantage at the free-throw line (27-36). Providence attempted just 14 free throws on the day (12-14).
Carmen Tyson-Thomas led Syracuse with 15 points and nine rebounds. Alexander finished with 14 points and seven boards, followed by 11 points from Elashier Hall.
Providence returns to action on Wednesday, February 6 against Pittsburgh. The game will be played at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. and will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. The Friars will follow with a match-up against South Florida on Saturday, February 9 in Providence, R.I. The game will serve as the backdrop for the program's annual Think Pink initiative, supporting the fight against breast cancer. The Providence College Athletics Department kindly requests that fans wear pink to the game to show their support.
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