Nov. 23, 2007
MIAMI, Fla. -
The Providence College women's basketball team rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Florida International, 71-60, on November 23 at the FIU Thanksgiving Classic in Miami, Fla. Sophomore Kendria Holmes (Charlotte, N.C.) notched a career-high 19 points in the victory, while junior Ashley Etheridge (Portland, Conn.) finshed the night with a season-high 12 points.
Florida International took a nine-point lead into halftime. The Golden Panthers led by as many as 11 with 1:34 left in the first half, but the Friars cut the deficit to seven with 24-seconds remaining on the clock. FIU managed to push its lead to nine (33-24) as LaQuetta Ferguson sank two free throws with just one second left. Sophomore Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) led Providence with eight points in the first half. Fanni Hutlassa also netted eight points for Florida International. The Golden Panthers scored 11 of their 33 points in the first 20 minutes off of 11 Friar turnovers. PC registered just four points off of nine FIU turnovers.
The Friars started the second half on a 15-5 scoring run to take their first lead of the game with 14:00 on the clock (39-38). PC continued on to outscore FIU, 15-8, over the next six minutes and eight seconds to take a 54-46 lead with 7:52 left in the game. Etheridge scored nine of the Friars' 15 points in the stretch. The Friars extended their lead to 10 points (57-47) on a lay-up from Holmes with 6:43 left, but the Golden Eagles chipped away to get within three (57-54) on a 7-0 run with 5:04 to play. Providence responded with a 7-0 run of its own to regain a 10-point advantage (64-54) with 2:07 remaining. FIU never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Freshman Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) contributed a career-high 10 points in the Friar effort. She also added three assists and two steals for PC, while junior Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) pulled down a team-high 11 boards and added nine points. Holmes dished a team-high four assists.
FIU was led offensively by Marquita Adley, who recorded a double-double on 12 points and 16 rebounds. Five other Golden Eagles notched eight points in the game.
The Friars advance to the championship game of the Florida International Thanksgiving Classic on Sunday, November 25 and will play the winner of the Illinois vs. South Carolina game. The championship game is slated to tip-off at 2:00 p.m.