March 2, 2012
HARTFORD, CONN. -
The Providence College women's basketball team was defeated by Syracuse, 57-47, on Friday, March 2, in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament in Hartford, Conn. Syracuse forwards Kayla Alexander and Iasia Hemingway each had fifteen points to lead all scorers.
Neither team recorded a field goal until nearly four minutes into the game. Syracuse guard Phylesha Bullard ended the drought by scoring a contested lay-up at the 16:04 mark. Sophomore guard Alicia Cropper (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was the first to register a field goal for the Friars, connecting on jump shot from the right elbow at the 13:31 mark.
Syracuse jumped out to an early 11-7 lead by capitalizing on offensive rebounds with second chance points. Led by Cropper, Providence was able to cut the lead to one point, 12-11, at the 7:01 mark in the first half.
Providence came out strong to begin the second half. Junior Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) scored two field goals and senior Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) made a turn-around jump shot to cut the lead to 29-28.
The Friars then went cold for a span of eight minutes and 35-seconds, while the Orange reeled off a 17-0 run to take a 46-28 lead. Sophomore Lauren Okafor (New Haven, Conn.) eventually broke Providence's scoring drought that on a lay-up at the 8:11 mark.
At 5:35, Okafor converted on a lay-up and free throw to cut the Syracuse lead to nine, 48-39. In the next possession, Roberts made two free throws after being fouled on a lay-up to bring the Friars within seven. Syracuse would not let the Friars come any closer, holding on to win 57-47.
Roberts led the Friars with 12 points and Cropper added 11. Wright narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds.