Women's Basketball Defeated, 72-64, By Marquette

Feb. 20, 2015

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team was defeated by Marquette, 72-64, on Friday night at Alumni Hall. With the loss the Friars move to 5-21 on the year and 2-13 in league play, while Marquette improves to 8-19 overall and 4-12 in the BIG EAST. The loss was the Friars' 13th game of season decided by 10 points or less. Providence was paced by senior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) who recorded her team-best fifth double-double of the year with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) tallied 19 points in the game off the bench.

Providence took a 32-28 lead into halftime, on 41% shooting (16-of-39). The Friars outscored the Golden Eagles in points in the paint (18-12), points off of turnovers (10-3), fast break points (10-2) and bench points (20-11). Rule led all scorers with 14 points (7-for-11) in the opening frame. Harris led the team in rebounding with five boards to go along with six points. Apiew Ojulu had a team-best eight points for Marquette. The Friars held a lead for 15:21 of the opening stanza, while the Golden Eagles had the lead for 3:56. Providence's largest lead in the half was nine at the 5:44 mark.

Marquette used a 9-0 run to open the second half to gain a 37-32 lead (17:37). The Golden Eagles' lead grew to 11 at 6:54 but Providence gradually chipped away. At the 3:22 mark, the Friar defense forced three Marquette turnovers in 2:37 of play and held MU without a basket for 3:32, to pull within six (62-56). With 48 seconds left, seniors Karin Robinson (Queens, N.Y.) and Chanise Baldwin (Pontiac, Mich.) teamed up for a turnover in the back court, with Baldwin tallying the lay-in, to pull within five (69-64). Marquette's Kenisha Bell then went on to hit three free throws in the next 20 seconds to seal the victory for the Golden Eagles at 72-64.

The Golden Eagles shot 43% (26-for-61) in the closing half while the Friars shot 39% (28-for-71).

With Harris' 10 rebounds in the game, she took sole possession of 19th place all-time at Providence for rebounds, with 603 career boards. She passed Mi-Khida Hankins '11 who had 602 in her time in the black and white.

Rule's 19 points now gives her double-digits in 12 of the 17 games she has played this season. The guard added a game-high five steals on the night. Robinson led the team in assists with six in the contest.

As a team, the Friar bench outscored the Marquette bench, 42-21. Providence also had the advantage in fast break points (16-14), second chance points (13-8), points off of turnovers (14-11) and points in the paint (36-22).

Providence will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 22 in its annual Pink Out Friartown event in conjunction with its game vs. DePaul at 1:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall. All proceeds raised at the game from T-Shirt sales and donations will benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. The Friars will wear custom pink uniforms during the game, which will be auctioned off for charity on Friars.com. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund (Play4Kay).




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