Nov. 12, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Bryant University, 104-67, on Tuesday, November 12 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) led seven Friars in double figures with a season-high 27 points. It marked the first meeting between the two teams since December 3, 1976, and the Friars improve to 4-0 in the series.
The Bulldogs started the game strong, taking a 15-8 lead after the first 5:34 of the contest. Rule quickly erased that deficit for the Friars with three-straight three-point buckets to give Providence a 17-15 lead with 13:16 left in the half.
The Friars pushed their lead to six (29-23) at the 8:30 mark, but Bryant put together a 13-0 run to take a 38-32 advantage with 4:21 remaining, forcing a Providence time-out. Coming out of the time-out, Rule knocked down her fourth three-pointer of the game to start a 18-6 run that gave the Friars a 47-42 lead at halftime.
Providence hit 16-of-38 shots from the floor in the first half (42.1-percent), including 12-of-24 attempts from beyond the arc (50.0-percent). Bryant also had an impressive shooting performance in the first half, hitting 16-of-33 attempts (48.5-percent), but the Friars gained the advantage with the three-ball. Rule and freshman Miranda Simpson (Round Rock, Texas) combined to make 10 of the Friars' 12 threes in the half.
Bryant scored a lay-up to start the second half, but it was all Providence the rest of the way. The Friars earned a 25-point advantage midway through the half (80-55), and led by as many as 43 (102-59) with 3:33 remaining.
Rule recorded her 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field, including 7-of-13 from three-point territory. Simpson tallied a career-high 15 points, in just her second game with the program. Each of her nine shot attempts during the game came from beyond the three-point arc and finished the night 5-of-9. She also added six rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal.
Junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) netted 12 points and dished a game-high eight assists for Providence, while freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.), junior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) and junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) each tallied 10 points. Beal added seven assists and a game-high four steals. Harris led the Friars on the boards with nine rebounds.
Senior Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) hit for 11 points, three rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal.
Freshman Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) narrowly missed her first collegiate double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. She also posted a game-high five blocked shots in the victory.
The Friars were red-hot in the second half, shooting 65.6-percent from the field (21-32), including 5-of-9 from three-point range (55.6-percent).
Bryant was led offensively by Jenniqua Bailey, who recorded 17 points. Bailey also chipped in four steals and three assists. Naana Ankoma-Mensa contributed a double-double in the effort with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Providence eclipsed the 100-point mark for the second-straight game. The last time Providence recorded 100+ points in back-to-back games dates back to the 1993-94 season. The last time Providence opened the season with two victories was during the 2009-10 campaign.
The Friars return to action on Friday, November 15 against Drexel University. The game will be played at 7:00 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa.
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