Women's Basketball Falls In Three Overtimes To Alabama, 82-80

Nov. 27, 2010

Box Score

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Alabama, 82-80, in triple overtime on November 27 in the consolation game of the Junkanoo Jam on Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.

Providence took a 28-26 lead into the locker room at halftime as the Crimson Tide were held scoreless in the final 1:54 of play. With the score 26-22 in favor of Alabama, the Friars rattled off six-straight points to take the lead. Sophomore guard Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) tallied five of the Friars' six points to close the half. Roberts finished the half with a team-best seven points, while junior guard Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.) added six points for the Friars. Alabama was led offensively in the half by Jasmine Robinson's nine points.

The Crimson Tide started the second half on an 11-2 run and took a 37-30 lead heading into the first media time out with 15: 38 to play. Providence then went on a 15-6 scoring run to take a 45-43 lead with 10:19 to play. The run was capped by a convential three-point play by freshman Lauren Okafor (New Haven, Conn.). Senior Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J) put PC up 47-43 on a lay-in before Alabama halted the run with a jumper from the elbow and two free throws (47-47). Wright answered with a put back on her own miss to retake the lead, 49-47, with 8:49 to play. The Friars owned a 51-49 advantage into the eight-minute media time out with 7:33 to play.

Play was relatively even over the course of the next five minutes as the Friars maintained a three-point lead (59-56) with 3:31 left to play. Alabama got within one (59-58) on two free throws with 3:07 to play. The Friars came up empty on their next offensive possession before sending the Crimson Tide to the free-throw line with 2:22 to play. Robinson nailed the first free throw of the double-bonus to tie the game, 59-59, and made the second to take the lead (60-59).



Providence answered with three-point bucket by Roberts to regain a 62-60 lead with 1:54 left on the clock. Alabama came back with two more free throws to tie the game again at 62-62, with 1:22 remaining. The Crimson Tide assumed possession of the ball with 46-second on the clock and callled a timeout. Alabama turned the ball over on the endline and the Friars took over. After bringing the ball the length of the court, Providence opted to take a time out with 24-second left. The Friars had to get a shot off as the shot clock nearly expired and it rimmed out with 4-seconds on the clock. The Crimson Tide hauled in the rebound and called a time out. Alabama failed to get a shot off on the play and the game went to overtime with the score tied, 62-62.

The Crimson Tide drew first blood with a free throw at 3:27 to take a 63-62 lead. Providence senior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) put the Friars up, 64-63, with a runner in the lane with 2:20 remaining. Tierney Jenkins answered for Alabama with a lay-up to put the Crimson Tide back on top, 65-64. Providence inbounded the ball and called a 30-second time out in front of the Friar bench. Hankins was fouled on the ensuing play and made one of two free throws to tie the game, 65-65, with 25.1 to play. Alabama was called for an offensive foul and the Friars regained possession. Hankins took a jumper from the free throw line, but it spun off the rim and led to a second overtime.

The two teams traded baskets through the first 3:30 of the 2nd overtime before Providence took a three-point lead (74-71) on a three-point play from Wells with 1:26 to play. Alabama answered on the other end with 1:06 on the clock as Robinson got Alabama within one on a lay-up. She was fouled on the play, but failed to convert the free throw, leaving the Friars with a one-point advantage (74-73). The Friars gained possession and called a time out in their offensive half with 42 seconds left. Providence turned the ball over and gave the Crimson Tide a fast-break lay-up, making the score 75-74 in favor of Alabama.

Providence committed a foul in its offensive end and put the Crimson Tide on the free-throw line with 18-seconds left. The Tide missed the first and made the second to take a two-point lead (76-74). Roberts drove the length of the floor and made a reverse lay-up to tie the game and force a third overtime (76-76).

The Friars struck first as freshman Alicia Cropper (Brooklyn, N.Y.) netted her first collegiate points on a three-pointer from the baseline with 4:28 on the clock. Cropper's trey provided the Friars with a 79-76 lead. Alabama answered with a lay-in at 3:31 to get within one (79-78). Alabama took a one point lead (80-79) with a pair of free throws at the 1:51 mark. The Tide went ahead 82-79 on a lay-in by Kaneisha Horn with 1:18 left. Hankins made one of two free throws on the other end to get PC within two (82-80). The Crimson Tide turned the ball over on their ensuing possession and the Friars called a time out with 21.8 remaining. Roberts took a baseline runner and the Crimson Tide hauled in the defensive rebound. A Friar foul put Alabama at the line with 5-seconds left. Robinson missed both shots and allowed the Friars one last chance from long range, which came up short.

Hankins led the Friars with 19 points on the night, while Wright posted a double-double on 11 points and 10 boards. Roberts added 16 points. Alabama was led by Jenkins' game-high 21 points.

The Friars return to action on Wednesday, December 1 against Yale. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.


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