Women's Basketball Defeats Villanova, 51-49, With Last Second Layup By Rule

Dec. 3, 2014

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Villanova, 51-49, with a last second layup by senior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) to win its BIG EAST opener at Alumni Hall on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Friars move to 2-5 on the season and 1-0 in the BIG EAST. Villanova now stands at 2-5 on the year and 0-1 in the BIG EAST. Providence also snapped a three-game winless streak at the hands of the Wildcats. The game also served as the Friars' eighth Annual Project Providence event, where over 1,000 elementary and middle school students were in attendance.

Providence was down 34-22 heading into the locker room after the first 20 minutes. Senior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) led all scorers in the half with 10 points (5-of-10 FG). Sophomore Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) dished out three assists in the stanza. The Wildcats were hot from three-point range early in the first half, and ended the frame 5-15 overall.

The second half was a different story with the Friars opening the period on a 24-5 run in the first 12 minutes of action to take a 46-39 lead. Alexis Harris connected on an old fashioned three-point play at 12:15 to give PC its first lead of the game (40-39). With 1:12 left in the contest, the Wildcats forced two-straight turnovers to pull within one of PC, 49-48. Villanova then recorded another steal to gain possession for the third-straight drive. Caroline Coyer was then fouled while shooting, and hit one-of-two from the line to tie the score, 49-49. Senior Chanise Baldwin (Pontiac, Mich.) grabbed the defensive rebound for Providence off the miss, which led to Rule's heroics with 1.4 seconds remaining on the clock.

Rule lead all scorers with 22 points on 9-of-14 from the floor, with 17 in the second half on 7-9 shooting. Rule was 2-for-2 from three-point range for the game, Providence's only three-pointers in the game. With her 22 points, Rule moved to 25th on the Friars all-time scoring list with 1,058 points. Harris also reached double-figures for the game, with 15 (7-for-13). Providence held a 40-30 edge in rebounding.

Taylor Holeman led Villanova with 15 points and nine rebounds. Coyer finished the day with 13 points and five assists.

The Friars return to action over the weekend to host UMass Lowell on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Rhode Island on Sunday, Dec. 7. The UMass Lowell game is set to tip-off at noon while the URI game will begin at 2:00 p.m.

-Go Friars-



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