Dec. 1, 2007
KINGSTON, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Rhode Island, 64-55, in non-conference action at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. on December 1. Freshman Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) scored a career-high 15 points to lead the Friars on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes. Whitney Hollis tallied 12 points to lead the Rams. The Friars improve to 6-2 on the year, while Rhode Island drops to 4-4 overall.
The Friars hit four of their first five shot attempts in the first half to take a 10-6 lead five minutes into the action. Rhode Island responded with an 8-0 run to take a 14-10 lead with 12:17 remaining in the half. The Rams maintained the lead the rest of the way and led by as many as six points on three occasions. The Friars managed to cut the lead to one (24-23) with 2:31 left in the opening half, but URI sank two free throws to push the lead to three (26-23) with 55 seconds on the clock. Junior Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) answered with a lay-up to get PC back within one (26-25), but it proved to be the final basket of the half for both teams. Providence had an opportunity to take a one-point lead going into halftime, but missed a lay-up with two seconds remaining. Safi Mojidi led the Rams with eight points in the first 20 minutes of play, while three Friars recorded a team-high five points.
Providence came out of the gate in the second half to outscore the Rams, 18-6, to take an 11-point lead (43-32) through the first seven minutes of play. The Rams battled back to get within two (47-45) with 6:27 remaining in the game on a 13-4 run, but couldn't keep the momentum going. Providence pushed its lead back to 11 (59-48) with 1:02 left and never looked back.
The Friars shot 56-percent (14-25) from the field in the second half en route to the 64-55 win. URI connected on nine-of-24 second-half shots, including just one field goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Providence forced 25 URI turnovers in the game and converted them into 26 points. Meanwhile, the Friars commited a season-low of 11 turnovers. The Rams held a 36-27 advantage on the boards.
Joining Hull in double figures for PC was sophomore Kendria Holmes (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.). Holmes netted 14 points, while Dorsey chipped in 10. Darrian finished the night with six points and a team-high six rebounds.
Amanda McGrew contributed 11 points to the cause for URI and Mojidi finished the day with 10. Crystal Bellinger dished out a game-high seven assists.
The Friars will return to action on Wednesday, December 5 against Harvard in a non-conference match-up. The game will be played in Cambridge, Mass. and is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m.
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