Women's Basketball Defeats Oakland In Overtime, 51-50

Nov. 22, 2011

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ROCHESTER, MICH. - Providence College women's basketball team defeated Oakland, 51-50, in overtime on November 22 in Rochester, Mich. Senior Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) paced the Friars with 20 points and 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Sophomore Alicia Cropper (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 11 of her 13 points after the halftime intermission, including four of the Friars' six points in the decisive overtime.

The game was tied 16-16 with 5:30 to play in the first half before the Friars went on a 6-0 run to take a 22-16 lead. Oakland halted the run on a lay-in by Bethany Watterworth at 2:58. Watterworth added a free-throw at the 1:45 mark to make the score 22-19, but Wright closed the scoring for Providence with a lay-up at 1:17.

Wright scored 16 of the Friars' 24 points in the half on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. She also collected eight rebounds. Watterworth led Oakland with 13 points, and was the only player on the roster to hit a field goal. She was 4-of-6 from the field, while her teammates were 0-14. Eleven of the Golden Grizzlies' points came from the free-throw line in the half.

Oakland came out of the gate quickly on offense and started the second half on an 8-0 run for a 27-24 lead. Rachel Barnes stopped the bleeding on a lay-up with 16:35 on the clock. The Friars settled down and eventually took a four-point lead (43-39) with 4:25 to play. Oakland tied the game, 43-43, with 1:09 remaining on the clock, but Cropper came back for the Friars and hit a short jumper to put Providence ahead, 45-43, with 33-seconds left. Watterworth sent the game to overtime on two made free throws with 21-seconds remaining. The Friars had two chances to win the game in regulation, but could not convert as the game went to overtime tied at 45-45.

In the extra session, Cropper tallied four points and two rebounds to lead the way as Providence outscored Oakland, 6-5.

Watterworth finished the night with 24 points and 10 boards for Oakland. Victoria Lipscomb contributed six points and five steals.



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