March 8, 2014
CHICAGO, Ill. - The No. 10 seed Providence College women's basketball team fell to No. 7 seed Seton Hall, 88-79, on March 8 in the first round of the 2014 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship, held in Chicago, Ill. The Friars rallied from a 19-point deficit, closing the gap to four (80-76) with 32-seconds left, but the effort fell short.
Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) led all scorers with 27 points for the Friars. Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) chipped in a career-high 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from three-point territory. Her four three-point field goals also marked a career high.
The Friars trailed 40-25 at halftime after shooting just 28.6-percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes (10-35). Providence was within four (23-19) with 5:50 remaining on the clock, but Seton Hall closed out the half on a 17-6 scoring run. The Pirates shot 50-percent from the field (18-36) en route to their 15 point advantage. Rule led the Friars with eight points, while Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) hauled in five rebounds. Seton Hall was led offensively by Alexis Brown (12 points) and Ka-Deidre Simmons (10 points).
The Pirates gained their largest lead of the game (19 points) with 8:40 remaining in regulation (63-44). The Friars battled back to make it a six-point game (77-71) with 2:05 remaining. It was a run punctuated by back-to-back three point field goals from Iiskola and Rule.
Both teams were scoreless during the next 1:20 of the contest before Seton Hall got on the board with a pair of free throws to make it a 79-71 game. The Friars got to within four (80-76) with 32-seconds remaining, but Seton Hall maintained the lead by sinking 8-of-8 free throws in the final 30 seconds.
The Friars held a 42-41 edge on the boards in the game and hit 9-of-20 three-point attempts in the effort. Junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) joined Rule and Iiskola in double figures with 15 points and added a career-high nine assists. Harris led the Friars on the boards with 11, including 10 off of the defensive glass. She also handed out a career-high five assists.
Ka-Deidre Simmons led Seton Hall with 24 points. Alexis Brown added 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
- GO FRIARS! -
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