Nov. 9, 2013
LOWELL, MASS. - The Providence College women's basketball team opened the 2013-14 season with a 109-74 victory over UMass Lowell on Saturday, November 9. The game was played at the Costello Athletic Center in Lowell, Mass.
A trio of Friars scored 20+ points in the game, led by junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.), who netted a career-best 31 points. Harris' previous career high in scoring was 15, which she set last season against Syracuse on February 2, 2013. Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) contributed 23 points, including 19 in the second half. Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) posted 20 points in her collegiate debut, while junior Evi Iiskola(Espoo, Finland) chipped in 19 points.
The Friars led 49-34 at halftime, but exploded for 60, second-half points to take the 109-74 victory. For a short time, UMass Lowell was able to hang around using the three-point field goal. The River Hawks totaled 10 made three-point field goals for the game.
Providence wins a season opener for the first time since November 13, 2009, when the squad defeated Brown, 83-50. The Friars scored 100+ points for the first time since January 3, 2007. On that day, Providence defeated Louisville, 106-94 in overtime. The last time Providence hit for 100+ points in a game of regulation length dates back to December 30, 1998 in a 100-95 victory over West Virginia.
The Friars will return to action on Tuesday, November 12 against Bryant University. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Prior to tip-off, the Friars will honor Former Providence College stand-out and hall-of-famer, Mary Burke. Burke enjoyed an impressive career with the Friars from 1983-87. She was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection and earned KODAK District 1 All-America recognition in 1987. Burke is in the midst of her 23rd season as head coach of the Bryant women's basketball team.
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