Nov. 20, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Post-Game Interview: Sarah Beal
The Providence College women’s basketball team defeated Hartford, 79-53, on Wednesday, November 20 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) and sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) led the Friars with 14 points each. Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season, and added a career-best five blocked shots.
The Friars shot an impressive 50-percent (19-38) from the field in the first half and took a 49-23 lead into halftime. Providence held just a four-point lead (13-9) after the first 5:23 of play, but out-score Hartford 36-14 to finish the half.
Three Friars were in double figures before the break, led by Rule who scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Harris and Iiskola each tallied 10 points. Harris hauled in nine first-half rebounds.
Providence caused 14 Hartford turnovers in the opening 20 minutes and converted them into 27 points. The Friars only turned the ball over four times, but Hartford was unable to capitalize.
In the second half, the game was an even affair, offensively, as each team posted 30 points. The Hawks managed to cut the lead to 22 on two occasions down the stretch, but the Friars proved to be too much on both ends of the floor.
Providence scored 42 points off of 25 Hartford turnovers on the night, while the Hawks picked up just seven points in that category. The Friars also held a distinct advantage in the lane, out-scoring the Hawks 42-18 in the paint.
Freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) enjoyed another solid night with the Friars and finished with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting, and added three rebounds, two steals and a game-high six assists. Junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) chipped in 11 points on the night with an impressive 5-of-6 performance from the field. She also added three assists, two rebounds and a game-high four steals.
Freshman Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) came off the bench and gave the Friars a boost with 10 points, five rebounds, one block and one assist.
The Friars recorded 21 assists on 32 made field goals during the game, and shot better than 45-percent from the field for the fourth time in five games (47.8-percent, 32-67).
Providence returns to action Saturday, November 23 against Arizona State. The game will be played at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. (ET).