Strong Second Half Propels Women's Basketball By Iona, 73-64

Kendria Holmes rallied the Friars to a 73-64 victory over Iona with 17 second-half points.

Kendria Holmes rallied the Friars to a 73-64 victory over Iona with 17 second-half points.

Nov. 17, 2007

Final Stats

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Iona, 73-64, on Saturday, November 17 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Sophomore Kendria Holmes (Charlotte, N.C.) led the Friars with 17 points, all of which came in PC's decisive second-half run. With the victory, Providence improves to 2-1 overall, while Iona drops to 1-3 on the season.

Iona held a 33-26 lead at halftime despite 18 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes of play. The Gaels led in part to Providence's 24.4-percent shooting, as it connected on just 11 of 45 attempts in the first half. Iona shot 11 of 27 in the opening half (40.7-percent). Iona never trailed in the opening half, but the Friars did manage to tie the score on three different occasions.

In the second half, Providence went on a 15-8 scoring run to tie the game, 41-41, with 14:20 left in the game. PC went on to outscore the Gael's 17-5 over the next 6:10 to secure a 12 point lead (58-46) with 8:10 left in the game. Holmes' started the run with a three-point bucket at the 13:11 mark to give the Friars' their first lead of the game (44-41). Iona trimmed the lead to four (58-54) with 6:03 remaining on the clock, but it proved to be the closest the Gaels would get the rest of the way as turnovers continued to be their undoing. Iona finished the day with 39 miscues.

Providence shot an impressive 59.4-percent in the second half of play to secure the win, hitting 19 of 32 shots in the final 20 minutes of play.

Sophomore Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) chipped in a season-high 14 points for PC. Ten of her 14 points came in the second half. Sophomore Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) added nine points and a career-high five assists. Freshmen Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) and Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) each recorded eight points. Hull registered eight steals in the victory, Hankins grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, including four off the offensive glass.

 

 

Thazina Cook led Iona with 11 points and added nine rebounds. Marissa Flagg came off the bench to score 10 points and added five steals. Tiara Headen grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Iona held a 51-40 advantage on the boards.

Providence College (2-1) returns to action on Tuesday, November 20 against non-conference foe Manhattan. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I.

- GO FRIARS! -

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