March 4, 2011
HARTFORD, Conn. -
The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Villanova, 52-50, in overtime during the first round of the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship on March 4 in Hartford, Conn. Providence drops to 13-16 overall on the season, while Villanova improves to 12-18.
Villanova scored the first point of the game on a free throw, but Providence scored 14-straight points to take a 14-1 lead with 14:15 remaining on the clock. Megan Pearson halted the run with a three-pointer at the 13:49 mark and Laura Sweeney added a lay-in to get the Wildcats within eight (14-6) at 12:14. Villanova cut the deficit to as few as five (24-19) with 4:00 minutes remaining, but back-to-back buckets by freshman Alicia Cropper (Bronx, N.Y.) pushed Providence's lead to nine (28-19) with 1:32 on the clock. Villanova closed the scoring with two free throws and the Friars took a 28-21 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Friars held a nine-point lead (38-29) with 12:42 remaining in the game. Villanova fought back to take its first lead since scoring the opening point, with 2:59 to play (46-45). Senior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) tied the game with a free throw with 1:23 left in regulation, and both teams were scoreless down the stretch, forcing overtime at 46-46.
In the overtime period, Providence struck first as senior Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) connected on two free throws. Devon Kane answered for the Wildcats on a lay-up with 3:34 remaining to tie the score, 48-48. Hankins gave the Friars a 50-48 edge with 1:53 on the clock, but Laura Sweeney answered quickly with a lay-in of her own for Nova. Following a Friar turnover on their next possession, Kane scored what proved to be the game winner with 1:05 on the clock.
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