Women's Hoops Falls To Villanova, 71-62

Feb. 27, 2015

Box Score

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to BIG EAST foe Villanova, 71-62, at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. Senior guard Tori Rule led the Friars with 24 points, including 22 in the second half. Caroline Coyer recorded a game-high 28 points for the Wildcats.

Villanova raced out to a nine-point lead (15-6) through the first five minutes of play. The Friars answered with an 8-0 run to get within one (15-14) at the 10:19 mark. Villanova hit four three pointers during a 14-5 run to push its lead back to 10 (29-19) with 5:08 on the clock. Providence got as close as three (29-26) with 3:48 remaining, but were held scoreless the rest of the way, and the Wildcats took a 33-26 lead into halftime.

The Friars shot 41-percent (12-29) in the first half, while Villanova converted just 35-percent of its field goal attempts (12-34). However, the Wildcats gained their advantage at the break by converting seven three-point field goals (7-17).

In the second half, the Friars cut the deficit to one (36-35) with 15:01 remaining, but were unable to get the go-ahead hoop. Villanova pushed its lead to as many as 12 (63-51) with 1:19 remaining. The Wildcats maintained their lead with a perfect 10-10 shooting from the foul line down in the final 1:19, and were 13-13 for the game.

Alexis Harris joined Rule in double figures with 13 points and added 12 boards for her team-best sixth double-double of the season. In addition to her 24 points, Rule dished a game-high five assists.

Coyer pulled down a team-best nine boards for Villanova, and Emily Leer tallied 12 points in the victory.

The Friars return to action on Sunday, March 1 against Georgetown. The game is scheduled to tip-off at Noon and will be played at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Prior to the game, the program will honor its five seniors, Tori Rule, Chanise Baldwin, Alexis Harris, Annie Russian and Karin Robinson. The ceremony will take place at approximately 11:40 a.m.



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