Dec. 3, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Fairfield, 75-43, at the Brown Bear Classic on December 3. The game was played at the Pizzitola Sports Center on the campus of Brown University in Providence, R.I. The Senior Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) recorded her fifth double-double of the season with a career-high 25 points and added 12 boards.
The Friars took a 37-26 lead at halftime, fueled by a 23-6 scoring spurt in the final 6:45 of the half. Fairfield owned a 20-14 lead capped off by a three-point play with 6:45 on the clock. The Friars responded with an 11-0 run to take a 25-20 lead at the 4:23 mark. Fairfield halted the run on a baseline jumper with 3:07 remaining.
The Friars held strong down the stretch, outscoring the Stags 12-6 the final three minutes of the half. Wright scored 12 of her 16 first-half points during the Friars' run. She also hauled in eight first-half rebounds. Fairfield was led by Taryn Johnson's 11 points and six boards.
Providence increased its lead to 19 (53-34) heading into the 12-minute media timeout with 11:51 to play. During that time, the Friars outscored Fairfield, 16-6. Providence kept its strangle-hold on the Stags, finishing out the game with a 22-9 scoring advantage.
Joining Wright in double figures was Rachel Barnes (Windsor, Conn.) and Brianna Edwards (Minneapolis, Minn.), who each chipped in 10 points. Sophomore Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Friars with four assists.
Johnson finished the day with 18 points and eight rebounds for Fairfield. Desiree Pina contributed 14 points.
The Friars return to action on Sunday, December 4 against host Brown in the second game of the Brown Bear Classic. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center in Providence, R.I.