Feb. 6, 2013
PITTSBURGH, PA. -
The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Pittsburgh, 85-83, in double overtime on February 6 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Seniors Brianna Edwards (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) combined for 48 of the Friars' 85 points on the night. Edwards collected her fourth double-double of the season with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Roberts added 23 points and collected six boards, five assists and three steals.
Pittsburgh took a 42-37 lead into halftime as Brianna Kiesel netted 18 first-half points for the Panthers. Pitt led by as many as 11 (37-26) with 5:03 on the clock, but the Friars closed the half with a 11-5 scoring advantage. Edwards led Providence in the opening 20 minutes with 12 points off the bench. Sophomore Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) chipped in nine points, followed by Roberts with eight points.
Providence started the second half on a 7-2 run to tie the game, 44-44, with 17:45 on the clock. Rule was responsible for four of the Friars' seven points. The Friars extended their run to 11-3 to take a 48-45 lead into the first media time out of the half at 15:21. Providence worked its way to an eight-point lead (58-50) with 10:21 on the clock as the run swelled to 21-8.
Pittsburgh chipped away at the Friars' lead with a 9-2 run to get within one point (60-59) at the final media time out of the game (3:50). The two teams traded baskets down the stretch, but Pitt got the last opportunity and managed to force overtime with nine seconds remaining on a Marquel Davis lay-up. Regulation ended with the score tied, 64-64.
In the first overtime, the Friars held a 76-70 lead with 46 seconds remaining. Pitt fought back to tie the game with 10 seconds left on the clock as Kiesel drained a three-point bucket to tie the score, 77-77, and force double OT.
In the second overtime session, Providence got out to an 81-77 lead with 3:43 on the clock. Pitt jumped ahead for an 82-81 lead with a 5-0 run and 3:09 left to play. Edwards hit a lay-up with 2:00 minutes remaining to give the Friars an 83-82 lead. Kiesel went to the free-throw line for Pitt, where she made the first and missed the second to tie the game at 83 points apiece. Edwards scored what proved to be the game-winner with 40 seconds remaining after freshman Evi Iiskola
(Espoo, Finland) forced a Panther turnover. Pittsburgh missed five shots in the final 28 seconds and the Friars escaped with the victory.
Rule joined Edwards and Roberts in double figures with 19 points. She added six boards and two assists in 44 minutes of action and did not turn the ball over.
Providence held Kiesel to eight points in the second half, as she finished with a game-high 26 on the night. Davis added 20 points for Pitt.
Providence returns to action on Saturday, February 9 against USF. The game will tip-off at 2:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium 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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