Dec. 21, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Tulane, 68-46, in the championship game of the Tulane DoubleTree Classic on December 21 in New Orleans, La. Senior Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) posted a double-double to lead the Friars on 10 points and 10 rebounds. It marked her first double-double of the season and seventh of her career. Darrian was named to the All-Tournament Team.
For the second-straight game, the Friars suffered a lengthy first-half drought that spanned seven minutes and 46-seconds. Unlike the Friars' game against Southeast Missouri State, Tulane was able to take advantage of the drought and post a 10 point advantage heading into the locker room at the half. The Friars drought began after an Emily Cournoyer (North Attleboro, Mass.) free throw at the 9:10 mark, with the Friars ahead, 20-17. Providence would not score again until the 1:24 mark on a Darrian layup, and added just one more field goal as time expired on a three-pointer from Brittany Dorsey (Detroit, Mich.). During the drought, Tulane scored 14 unanswered points. The Friars also were plagued by 12 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, which allowed for 12 points at the other end of the floor.
It was all Tulane in the second half, as the Green Wave quickly pushed their 10-point halftime lead to 20 points (51-31) at the 14:39 mark. Tulane led by as many as 27 points on two different occasions down the stretch.
The Green Wave finished the game with a 44-28 advantage in rebounding.
Darrian was the only Friar to reach double figures in the scoring column on the day. Tulane had five players in double figures led by 13 points from Brett Benzio. Benzio also hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double. Brittany Lindsey, Ashley Langford, Tiffany Aidoo and Indira Kaljo each recorded 10 points.
Providence (6-5) will return to action on Wednesday, December 31 against Duke University. The game will tip-off at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. at 2:00 p.m.