Nov. 20, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's basketball team closed out a three-game homestand with a 55-51 victory over Manhattan on November 20 in Providence, R.I. The Friars improve to 3-1 on the year, while Manhattan drops to 2-2 overall. Freshman Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) led the Friar effort with a career-high 13 points on 4-9 shooting from the floor and 5-7 shooting from the foul line. She also grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
The two teams finished the first half with the scored tied, 29-29. The Jaspers started the game on a 5-0 run during the first 2:05 of play. Providence responded with a 13-4 run to take a four point lead (13-9) with 11:38 remaining on the clock. From that point, the lead changed hands three times and the score was tied on six different occasions. The Jaspers shot an impressive 62.5-percent in the opening 20 minutes but took just 16 shots overall (11-16). The Friars shot 34.6-percent in the first half on 9-26 shooting.
In the second half, the Friars pushed out to a 36-31 lead at the 15:06 mark. Manhattan closed the gap to gain a 38-37 advantage with 12:32 on the clock. The lead changed hands six times over the next 4:45 of play and the Friars took the lead for good with 7:47 left in the game (47-46) on a Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) lay-up. Providence led by as many as seven points down the stretch en route to the four-point win (55-51).
Junior Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) joined Hankins in double figures with 11 points. Manhattan was led offensively by Aubrie Dellinger with 17 points. Caitlin Flood added 13 and Joann Nwafili scored 10 points. Nwafili hauled in a game-high nine rebounds.
Providence College (3-1) returns to action on Friday, November 23 against Florida International in the first game of the Florida International Thanksgiving Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, November 25, the Friars will face either Illinois or South Carolina in the consolation (Noon) or championship game (2:00 p.m.).
- GO FRIARS! -