Feb. 14, 2012
NOTRE DAME, IND. -
The Providence College women's basketball team fell to No. 4/4 Notre Dame, 66-47, on February 14 in Notre Dame, Ind. Senior Rachel Barnes (Windsor, Conn.) tallied a team-best 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Friar effort.
Providence led 18-17 with 12:58 left on the clock in the first half, but the Irish went on a 16-2 scoring run to take a 33-20 lead with 4:37 remaining. Providence closed out the half with a 7-4 scoring edge and trailed 37-27 at halftime. Barnes and junior Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) combined to score 23 of the Friars' 27 points in the half. Skylar Diggins netted 15 points for Notre Dame.
Providence opened the second half with a 5-0 spurt to get within five (37-32) at the 19:00 minute mark. Notre Dame pushed the lead back to 11 (43-32) on a 6-0 run with 17:01 on the clock. The Friars cut the lead to eight (46-38) with 15:14 remaining in the game, but it was as close as they could get down the stretch. Notre Dame closed out the game with a 20-9 scoring advantage to take the win.
Roberts finished the night with 12 points for Providence. Senior Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.) chipped in six points and a team-high five assists and four steals.
Diggins and Devereaux Peters each recorded a game-high 19 points for Notre Dame. Peters added 11 rebounds for a double-double, while Diggins contributed seven assists.
Notre Dame held a decisive advantage on the glass, outrebounding the Friars, 41-25. The Irish also managed to distance itself at the free-throw line. Notre Dame hit 15-of-23 shots from the charity stripe, while the Friars connected on 2-of-5 attempts at the line.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, February 18 against Georgetown. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C.