Dec. 4, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College women's basketball fell to Brown, 70-57, in the Brown Bear Classic on December 4. The game was held at the Pizzitola Sports Center in Providence, R.I. Senior Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) led the Friars with her sixth double-double of the season on 14 points and a season-high 17 rebounds. Sophomore Alicia Cropper (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added a game-high 16 points.
The Bears held a 20-13 lead at the 7:45 mark of the first half and closed out the half on a 16-0 run to take a 36-13 lead at halftime. Brown hit 12-of-22 shots from the field, including 6-of-12 from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Friars hit just 6-of-28 attempts from the field (21.4-percent), including 1-of-8 from beyond the three-point arc. Providence missed its final 11 shots of the half. Sheila Dixon netted 16 of the Bears' 36 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from three.
The Friars started the half on a 7-0 run, forcing Brown to call at timeout, with the score showing 36-20. The run grew to 13-0 by the first media timeout at 15:26 and Providence was within 10 (36-26). The Friars got it to within nine (43-34), but it would be the closest the Friars would get the rest of the way.
The Friars outscored the Bears, 44-34, in the second half, but the halftime deficit proved too great to overcome.
Dixon finished the day with a game-high 26 points. Lindsay Nickel and Lauren Clarke added 16 and 10, respectively.
Junior Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) joined Wright and Cropper in double figures for the Friars with 11. Sophomore Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) collected a career-high nine rebounds and added a team-best three assists. The Friars owned a 43-24 advantage on the glass in the game. Twenty-two of the Friars' 43 boards were offensive.
Providence returns to action on Wednesday, December 7 against BIG EAST foe Villanova. The game will be played at 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I.