Dec. 5, 2013
PITTSBURGH, PA. -
The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Duquesne, 83-78, on Thursday, December 5 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Friars trailed by as many as 19 with 9:10 remaining in regulation (65-46), before rallying to tie the game, 75-75, with less than two minutes to play. Providence used a 29-10 run to tie the game, including a of 14-straight points.
The game was tied, 16-16, with 13:05 remaining in the first half before Duquesne went on a 13-0 run to take a 31-16 advantage with 7:25 on the clock. Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) halted the run with 7:04 left en route to scoring seven of the Friars' nine points during a four-minute span. Rule finished the half with a team-best 12 points.
Rule finished the night with a game-high 26 points, while junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) added 16 points. Harris notched 14 of her 16 points in the second half. Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) chipped in 12 points. Freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and one steal. Fellow freshman Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Providence won the battle on the boards, 42-37, but Duquesne was managed a 27-16 advantage in second-chance points. Free-throw shooting played a significant role in the contest as Duquesne converted 21-of-33 attempts, while Providence shot just 6-of-10.
The Friars return to action on Wednesday, December 18 against Dayton. Tip-off is scheduled for Noon and will serve as the back-drop for the 7th Annual Project Providence initiative. Approximately 1,500 middle and elementary schools students are expected to attend the game.