Women's Basketball Upends Louisville, 63-61, In Regular-Season Finale

Feb. 28, 2011

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated BIG EAST foe Louisville, 63-61, in the 2010-11 regular-season finale on February 28 in Providence, R.I. The Friars improve to 13-15 overall and 6-10 in the BIG EAST Conference. Louisville drops to 19-11 (10-6 BIG EAST).

Senior forward Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) hit the game-winning shot for Providence on a short baseline jumper with 10-seconds remaining in regulation to seal the win. Hankins finished the game with eight points and had been held scoreless in the second half until she hit game-winner. It was the perfect finish for Hankins' final home game with the Friars at Alumni Hall, after being honored in a pre-game ceremony as the team's lone senior. She also added a game-high seven rebounds and dished two assists.

Providence took a 29-17 lead into the locker room at halftime, and led by as many as seven points on two occasions, with the last coming at the 4:56 mark (24-27). From that point, Louisville went on an 8-0 run to take its first lead (25-24) with 2:33 to play in the half. The Cardinals made it a three-point lead with 1:48 to play on two free throws (27-24), but the Friars scored five unanswered points to close the half. Hankins converted a lay-up at 1:27, and freshman Alicia Cropper (Bronx, N.Y.) nailed a three-pointer with 13 seconds remaining to give the Friars the edge (29-27).

Louisville started the second half on an 11-2 run to take a seven-point lead (38-31) with 16:03 on the clock. The Friars battled back with an 18-10 scoring advantage to regain the lead (49-48) with 8:54 remaining in the game. Providence pushed its lead to as many as four (53-49) at the 7:25 mark. The two teams traded baskets down the stretch before Louisville took its final lead of the game (59-58) with 2:38 on the clock as freshman Shoni Schimmel drilled a three-pointer.

 

 

Providence regained the lead (61-59) just moments later as junior Miranda Tate (Bolingbrook, Ill.) answered for the Friars with a three-ball of her own at the 2:14 mark. With 1:51 left on the clock, Louisville's Keshia Hines knocked down a jumper to tie the game, 61-61, for the seventh tie of the ball game, setting up Hankins' heroics.

After missed shot attempts by both teams in the final 1:30 of the game, Hankins broke the tie with her short baseline jumper from the right side of court. The Cardinals' Becky Burke took a three-point shot at the other end, which would have put Louisville ahead in the closing seconds, but the shot was off the mark and the ball went out of bounds off the Cardinals.

Prior to the inbounds pass, Hankins was fouled and sent to the line, where she missed the front-end of a one-and-one with two seconds left. The Cardinals called time out after hauling in the rebound. The Cards fell short as a desperation heave from half court was off target.

Tate led the Friars with 17 points, while senior Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) chipped in 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Cropper added a career-high 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point territory.

The Friars shot a season-best 51.9-percent from the floor in the win (27-52), including 42.9-percent from three-point range (6-14). Louisville hit 47.7-percent from the field (21-44), including 31.3-percent from three-point range (5-16). The Cardinals also held a decisive advantage in scoring from the free-throw line, hitting 14-of-18 attempts, while Providence converted just 3-of-6 free throws on the evening.

The Friars will compete in the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship on Friday, March 4 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. A complete bracket, including game-times will be available via the BIG EAST web site at www.bigeast.org. A follow-up release will be sent out by the Providence athletic department with additional details on Tuesday, March 1.

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