Feb. 25, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's basketball team fell to No. 24/20 Rutgers, 68-47, on February 25 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Seniors Rachel Barnes (Windsor, Conn.) and Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) paced the Friar effort. Barnes tallied a team-high 12 points, while Wright recorded her BIG EAST-best 13th double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 boards. Rutgers was led offensively by Khadijah Rushdan's 21 points.
Providence got off to a strong start and held a 12-7 lead with 14:01 on the clock in the first half. The game was tied, 14-14, at the 10:57 mark before the Scarlet Knights took control with a 15-0 run. The Friars' offensive drought lasted over four and one half minutes and propelled Rutgers to a 29-14 lead.
The Friars halted the drought with a pair of free throws from junior Brianna Edwards (Minneapolis, Minn.) at the 5:34 mark and trailed 29-16. The Scarlet Knights closed out the half with an 8-5 scoring advantage and took a 37-21 lead at halftime.
Barnes hit a three-pointer for Providence to start the second half, but Rutgers responded by pushing its lead to 21 (47-26) with 17:23 remaining. The Friars got as close as 15 on two occasions.
Providence won the battle of the boards, 40-39, but Rutgers out-scored the Friars, 15-6, in second chance scoring opportunities. The Scarlet Knights also took advantage of 21 Providence turnovers, which they cashed in for 18 points. The Friars managed nine points off of 16 Rutgers turnovers.
The Friar will play their final regular-season game on Monday, February 27 against BIG EAST foe USF. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Tampa, Fla.