Feb. 27, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. -
The Providence College women's basketball team fell to USF, 64-56, in overtime on February 27 in Tampa, Fla. Senior Rachel Barnes (Windsor, Conn.) and junior Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) led the Friars with 15 points apiece. Inge Orekhova tallied 17 points for USF, including a three-pointer that sent the game to overtime.
Providence started the game on a 9-2 run, but USF answered with seven unanswered points to tie the game, 9-9, with 11:50 to play. The Friars halted USF's run with a three-point bucket by senior Rachel Barnes (Windsor, Conn.) at the 10:36 mark.
USF tied the game for a second time (14-14) at the 8:11 mark, but Barnes was the answer once again for Providence as she hit a floater deep in the lane to make the score 16-14. Her bucket was the start of a 5-0 run to give Providence a 19-14 advantage.
After trading baskets, Providence took a 27-22 lead with 2:45 to play on a three pointer from sophomore Alicia Cropper (Brooklyn, N.Y). The Bulls closed the half on a 6-0 run to take a 28-27 lead into the locker room at halftime. Cropper led the Friars with nine points in the opening 20 minutes, while Jasmine Wynne tallied eight for USF. Sophomore Lauren Okafor (New Haven, Conn.) hauled in seven rebounds in the half, including five off of the offensive glass.
USF took a 34-31 lead 3:12 into the second half, but Barnes hit back-to-back three for the Friars to give her squad a 37-34 lead with 16:07 on the clock. No team was able to gain more than a two-point lead down the stretch, until USF notched a three-point lead with 3:59 to play (50-47). Providence went on a 6-0 run to take a 53-50 lead with 16-seconds remaining, capped by two free throws by Barnes. Orekhova hit her three to send the game to overtime with five seconds left. The Friars took the ball the length of the court to end regulation, but were unable to get a shot off.
In overtime, USF outscored the Friars, 11-3, to earn the 64-56 victory. Orekhova hit a three to get things started and the Bulls were 8-of-11 from the charity stripe to finish off the Friars. Providence was 0-of-7 from the field in the extra stanza.
Joining Barnes and Roberts in double figures was senior Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) and Cropper. Wright netted 12 points, while Cropper added 10. Okafor propelled the Friars to a 50-37 advantage in rebounding with 12 boards, including seven off the offensive glass. Her seven offensive boards marks a career high.
Providence will begin play at the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship on Friday, March 2 in first-round action. All games will be played at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.