Nov. 9, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team (0-1) opened the 2012-13 season with a 60-50 loss to Drexel (1-0) in Providence, R.I. The Friars outscored the Dragons 22-20 in the paint, but had 15 turnovers, which led to 18 Drexel points. Friday's game also celebrated the grand re-opening of the newly renovated Alumni Hall. Providence College President Reverend Brian J. Shanley, O.P. christened the building during a halftime ceremony.
Drexel came out strong going on a 7-0 run to start the game. Providence freshman Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) broke the Dragons' momentum when she scored off a drive to the basket and recorded her first points as a Friar.
Drexel held its biggest lead of the half, 23-9, with just under five minutes remaining, before the Friars went on an 8-0 run to close the lead to six, 23-17. It was the smallest score differential of the half. Drexel Junior Tori Thierolf hit a jump shot with 2:58 on the clock to end Providence's run to increase the Dragon's lead to eight.
At the end of the first half the Friars trailed Drexel, 27-19. Eight of Drexel's 27 points came from Providence turnovers.
Defensively for the Friars, senior guard Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) recorded three steals and senior forward Brianna Edwards (Minneapolis, Minn.) brought down five rebounds, three defensive and two offensive.
Drexel opened the second half with a 5-0 run to extend its lead to 13, 32-19. Providence sophomore forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) buried two free throws at the 13:55 mark to decrease the Dragons lead to 10, but Drexel quickly pushed it back up to 18. The Dragons led 44-26 with 11:23 remaining before Providence answered.
Roberts recorded the Friars' first 3-pointer of the contest with 11:08 remaining. The Friars would take advantage of a fast break opportunity as Iiskola fed Edwards to cut the Dragons lead to 11 (50-39). Edwards reduced Drexel's lead to 10 with 2:59 left.
With 33 seconds remaining Iiskola executed a conventional 3-point play and closed the lead eight, 58-50, but that would be as close as it would get.
The Dragons outshot the Friars at the charity stripe as they converted 11-of-13 attempts (84.6 percent), while Providence converted 7-of-15 (46.7 percent).
The Friars outrebounded Drexel on both ends of the court, 7-6 offensively and 27-23 defensively. Providence finished with 34 teams rebounds. Edwards grabbed 10 boards and tallied eight points.
Two Dragons finished the game in double digits, including senior Hollie Mershon who scored a game-high 24 points.
Roberts served as the Friars' backbone, finishing the game with 15 points, three rebounds, and four steals.
The Friars are back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 14 when they host the University of Vermont. Tip-off at Alumni Hall is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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