Women's Basketball Holds On To Defeat Oakland, 50-49

Dec. 22, 2010

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team escaped with a 50-49 victory over Oakland on December 22 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Senior Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) led the Friars with 12 points and eight rebounds, while fellow senior Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) contributed 10 points and seven boards.

The Friars took a 31-25 lead into the locker room at halftime as Wright and Hankins each scored eight points. Providence held a 24-18 advantage on the glass in the first half and was led by Hankins' six rebounds. The Friars outscored the Golden Grizzlies, 11-3, off second-chance opportunities.

At the 17:57 mark of the first half, Hankins became the 30th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point career milestone as she converted a lay-up for a 4-2 Providence lead.

Oakland outscored Providence 24-19 in the second half as the Friars shot just 29.6-percent (8-27) from the field. The Golden Grizzlies took their first lead of the second half (35-33) on a lay-in by Bethany Watterworth with 13:56 to play, but couldn't take more than a four-point advantage over the next few minutes of play.

The Friars regained the lead for good as Hankins knocked down back-to-back baskets at the 3:20 and 2:28 marks for a 50-47 advantage. Providence was held scoreless the remainder of the game. Watterworth got the Golden Grizzlies within one points (50-49) on a jumper with 38-second left in the game.

Following a Friar turnover with eight seconds left on the clock, the Golden Grizzlies took the ball the length of court, but missed a contested lay-up with two seconds remaining in the game. Wright hauled in the defensive rebound and secured the victory for Providence.

Watterworth completed the game with 22 of the Grizzlies 49 points on 10-of-20 shooting. She also grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Sharise Calhoun added 11 points, five rebounds and a game-high five assists and four steals.

 

 

Providence held a 43-34 advantage in rebounding on the day. Joining Hankins and Wright with outstanding performances on the glass was freshman Lauren Okafor (New Haven, Conn.), who grabbed seven boards in her first collegiate start. Junior Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.) dished a team-high four assists.

Hankins now ranks 28th on the Friars all-time scoring list with 1,011 career points, passing Laurie St. Jean `84 (1,005 points) and Joanie Powers (1,002 points).

The Friars return to action on Tuesday, December 28 as they hit the road to take on Akron. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

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