Dec. 20, 2012
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Clemson, 62-47, on December 19 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Senior guard Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) paced the Friar effort with 17 points, including 13 in the second half. Sophomore Chanise Baldwin (Pontiac, Mich.) tallied eight points and career highs in rebounds (nine) and steals (four).
In the first half, the Friars held a 17-5 lead with 12:13 remaining on the clock. Providence then found itself in foul trouble before being outscored 21-4 down the stretch. Clemson managed to take a 26-21 lead into the locker room at the break.
The Friars hit just 9-of-35 shots from the field in the opening half (25.7-percent), while Clemson hit 8-of-26 from the field (30.8-percent). The Tigers gained their advantage at the charity stripe, where they hit 10-of-12. Providence converted 3-of-4 shots from the foul line.
Providence held a 24-20 edge on the boards in the first half, including 13 offensive rebounds. Senior Brianna Edwards (Minneapolis, Minn.) led the team with seven boards. Six of her seven boards came off the offensive glass.
In the second half, the Tigers 75-percent from the field (15-20) to take control of the game. Nikki Dixon scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the second half to lead the way.
The game was within reach for the Friars, who trailed 42-35 with 11 minutes remaining on the clock. However, the Tigers went on a 10-2 scoring run to take its largest lead of the game (52-37) with 7:48 to go. Providence was unable to get closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
Roberts also recorded five steals, three rebounds and two assists for the Friars in the game. Edwards finished the night with a game-high 11 rebounds and scored seven points.
Providence returns to action on Saturday, December 22 against the University of Rhode Island. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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