Dec. 18, 2013
Post-game Interview – Alexis Harris
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team hosted Dayton on Wednesday, Dec. 18 in Providence, R.I. Dayton captured an 83-65 victory in the first-ever meeting between the two women's basketball programs. Providence moves to 4-5 on the season while Dayton improves to 4-4. Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) led the Friars' offense, and tied her career high in scoring, with 19 points. It marked her sixth double-digit scoring game of the season.
The afternoon match-up served as the backdrop for the Friars' Seventh Annual Project Providence initiative. Prior to the Noon tip-off, approximately 1,500 elementary and middle school students from the area filed into Alumni Hall to learn about the importance of fitness, good health and education.
Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) led the friars with 15 points in the first 20 minutes of play, shooting 6-of-13 from the field and a perfect 3-3 from the charity stripe. Harris also hauled in five boards, tallied two steals and added two assists. Dayton's Andrea Hoover paced the Flyers' offense with 18 points. Dayton held its largest lead of the half (11 points) with 4:27 left to play (33-22) and the Flyers carried a 43-33 advantage into the half.
The Friars cut the lead to six (45-39) with 17:55 remaining in the second half, but it was as close as Providence would get the rest of the way. Dayton held its largest lead of the game with 6:29 left to play (68-50). The Flyers outscored the Friars 40-32 in the second half to secure the win. Three Flyers finished in double figures. Hoover finished with a game-high 20 points while Amber Deane and Ally Malott added 19 and 13 points, respectively.
In addition to her 19 points, Iiskola hauled in eight rebounds and dished out three assists. Harris scored just two points in the second half and finished the game with 17 points. Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) joined Iiskola and Harris in double figures with 13 points and added three assists and two steals.
Providence returns to action on Saturday, December 21 against the University of Rhode Island. The game will be played at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised live on Cox Sports.