Nov. 28, 2007
BRONX, N.Y. -
The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Fordham, 63-45, in non-conference action on November 28 at Rose Hill Gym in Bronx, N.Y. Junior forward Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) registered the third double-double of her career with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Her 26 points marked a career-high, while her 16 rebounds matches her previous high, which she reached twice during the 2005-06 season. Darrian also recorded a career-best four blocked shots. The Friars improve to 5-2 on the season, while Fordham drops to 0-7.
Providence started the game on a 7-0 run during the course of the first two minutes and seven seconds. PC continued to dominate, taking a 19-8 lead with 11:07 left to play in the half as sophomore Jessica Clark (Bronx, N.Y.) hit a lay-up. After Clark's lay-up, the Friars went cold from the floor for the next 6:10 while Fordham cut the deficit to one point (19-18) on a 10-0 run. Freshman Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) got the Friars back on track with two-straight baskets at the 3:57 and 3:30 marks and sophomore Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.) connected on a three-point bucket to push PC's lead back to eight (26-18) with 2:23 on the clock. Fordham's Kyara Weekes slashed through the lane and scored a lay-up with just one second left to get within six points (26-20) at the half. Darrian led the Friars in the first half with nine points and nine rebounds.
The Friars shot 46.4-percent from the field on 13-of-28 shooting in the final 20 minutes, including a 2-of-3 showing from beyond the arc, en route to a 37-25 scoring advantage in the second half. Fordham shot just 36.4-percent (8-22) in the second half, and 32.6-percent for the game (15-46).
Providence gained an 11-point lead (37-26) with 13:29 left in the game. Fordham cut the deficit to seven (39-32), but it proved to be as close as the Rams would get the rest of the way. After trading baskets, PC regained a double-digit lead (42-32) with 10:46 to go and never looked back. The Friars led by as many as 19 in the game (63-44) with 37-seconds left, and finished with an 18-point edge (63-45) for the win.
Darrian connected on 11 of her 15 shot attempts from the field. In addition, ten of her 16 rebounds came off the offensive glass, helping to give the Friars a 17-8 advantage in second-chance points.
Sophomore Kendria Holmes (Charlotte, N.C.) chipped in 13 points and dished out a season-high five assists for the third time this year. Holmes also collected a game-high three steals.
Fordham was led by Megan Mahoney, who tallied 12 points and seven rebounds to go along with a team-high three steals and two assists. Kyara Weekes contributed 11 points off the bench.
The Friars will return to action on Saturday, December 1 against Rhode Island at 3:30 p.m. The game will be played at the Ryan Center on the campus of URI in Kingston, R.I.