Women's Basketball Drops Tough Game At Pitt, 60-57

Feb. 15, 2011

Box Score

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Pittsburgh, 60-57, on February 15 at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Senior Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) tallied a team-best 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the Friars. Eleven of her 13 points and seven of her nine boards came in the second half of play, after missing much of the first half with foul trouble. The Friars fall to 11-13 on the year and 4-8 in the BIG EAST, while Pitt improves to 13-12 (5-7 BIG EAST).

The Friars took a 30-26 lead into the locker room at halftime. Providence opened the game with an 10-6 lead heading into the first media time out at 15:25 as senior Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.) led the way with six points. Fellow senior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) added four points. Providence forced four turnovers in the opening stretch, in which it tallied six of it's 10 points.

The Friars pushed their lead to 14-8 on a 6-2 run coming out of the time out. Hankins was credited with four of PC's six points in the stretch, forcing Pitt to take a 30 second time out with 12:54 on the clock. Providence increased its lead to 11 (19-8) with 11:55 on the clock on a Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) three-pointer.

Pitt cut the lead to four (25-21) on a 13-6 scoring run heading into the final media time out of the half at the 3:47 mark. Providence pushed its lead back to seven (28-21) on another Hull three-pointer with 2:20 to play and maintained its seven-point advantage (30-23) on a Miranda Tate (Bolingbrook, Ill.) jumper at 1:27. The Panthers closed the scoring with a lay-in and a free throw to cut the deficit to four (30-26) at the break.

Hankins led all scorers in the first half with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. She also hauled in a team-best five rebounds. Taneisha Harrison netted eight points for Pitt, while Chelsea Cole led the way on the boards with seven. Seven of Harrison's eight points in the half came in the final six minutes of play.

 

 

The Panthers opened the second half with back-to-back baskets to tie the game, 30-30. The Friars were able to hold off the Panthers until Pitt took its first lead since the opening basket with 6:32 to play. Yasmin Fuller converted a conventional three-point play to put the Panthers up 47-46. It sparked 10-0 run to give Pitt a 54-46 lead.

Wright halted the run with a free throw at the 2:50 mark, sparking a 10-0 Friar run that game Providence a 56-54 lead with 1:23 remaining in the game. Pitt managed to overcome the rally and outscore Providence, 6-1, down the stretch to steal the win. The Friars had an opportunity to tie the game as time expired, but were unable to get a clean look at the basket from beynd the three-point arc.

For the second-straight meeting, Providence recorded more field goals than Pittsburgh, but could not come away with the win. Pitt held a 20-32 advantage in scoring from the free-throw line, compared to 6-12 shooting from the line by Providence.

Hankins finished the night with 12 points and six rebounds. Wells dished a career-high nine assists on the night for PC and added seven points, four rebounds and three steals. Roberts added eight points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Harrison led the Panthers with a game-high 20 points. Cole posted a double-double on 13 points and 13 rebounds.

The Friars return to action on Saturday, February 19 against Cincinnati. The game will be played at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m.

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