Women's Basketball Falls to Akron, 81-78

Brianna Edwards

Nov. 24, 2012

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women?fs basketball team hosted the University of Akron on Saturday, November 24 in Providence, R.I. The Friars (1-4) fell to the Zips (5-1), 81-78. Five Friars finished the game in double figures, including senior guard Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) who led the way with 22 points, six assists and six steals.

The Friars went on a 6-0 run in the first minute of the game before Akron could tally its first points. The Friars led by as many as 14 points (31-17) with 9:19 left in the first half. The Zips closed the half with a 20-6 scoring advantage to tie the game, 37-37, at halftime.

The Zips opened the second half with a 9-0 run to give Akron the lead, 44-37. Sophomore forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) ended the Zips run after sinking a jump shot from the top of the key at 16:54. The Zips held the advantage over the Friars for the rest of the game, with their biggest lead coming at 8:37 (63-53). The Friars would pull within two points, twice in the closing minute of play, but that was as close as they would get.

Three Zips finished the game in double figures, including Hanna Luburgh with 28 points in 38 minutes of play. Akron finished 10-22 from behind the three-point arc, with five of the 10 coming from Luburgh. The Zips finished 27-54 from the field, and they sank 17-24 free throws.

Providence finished 32-85 from the field (37%) and downed 12 of its 17 free throw attempts.

Joining Roberts in double figures for the Friars was senior forward Brianna Edwards (Minneapolis, Minn.), sophomore Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.), Harris and freshman forward Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland). Edwards notched her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 16 rebounds (13 offensive). Rule finished with 15 points, followed by Harris?f 10 and Iiskola?fs 14.



The Friars return to action on Wednesday, November 28 against Iona. The game will be played at Noon and will serve as the backdrop for the annual Project Providence initiative. Cox Sports also will be televising the game via tape delay.

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