Balanced Effort Propels Women's Basketball To 78-65 Victory At Akron

Dec. 28, 2011

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AKRON, Ohio - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Akron, 78-65, on December 28 in Akron, Ohio. Sophomore guard Alicia Cropper (Brooklyn, N.Y.) matched her career highs of 16 points and five rebounds to lead the effort. Cropper hit 6-of-7 shots from the field and added three assists on the day.

Providence jumped out to a 12-2 lead heading into the first media timeout at the 15:08 mark. To that point, Akron hit just 1-of-7 attempts from the field. Providence also showed dominance on the board with a 10-2 advantage in rebounding.

The Friars led by as many as 12 (16-4) with 13:48 on the clock, but the Zips responded with a 20-8 run to tie the game, 24-24, with 4:31 left. The Friars hit back-to-back buckets to take a 29-24 lead. Akron held a 7-2 scoring advantage down the stretch and the two teams went into the break tied, 31-31.

The Friars held a 23-12 edge in rebounding during the opening 20 minutes. Akron took advantage of 11 Friar turnovers in the half and came away with 11 points. The Zips also outscored the Friars, 9-3, from the foul line.

Akron took its first lead of the game (39-38) as Taylor Ruper buried a three-point bucket at the 16:48 mark. Providence regained the lead (46-41) with 13:17 to play with a 6-0 run, but the Zips scored seven-straight points to take a 48-46 lead.

Wright tied the game with a lay-up at 10:05, but Akron came right back to take a 50-48 advantage just four seconds later. Friar senior Lola Wells (Fontana, Calif.) answered with back-to-back three pointers to give Providence a 54-50 lead with 8:58 on the clock. The Friars extended their lead to 57-50 at the 6:49 mark.

Akron cut the lead to three (59-56) with 4:40 remaining, but the Friars went on a 16-5 run to take a 14-point advantage with 1:12 left.

Wright finished the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds for her BIG EAST leading 10th double-double. It marked the first time this season that five Friars reached double figures in the scoring column. Wells contributed a career-high 15 points, while senior Rachel Barnes (Windsor, Conn.) and junior Brianna Edwards (Minneapolis, Minn.) chipped in 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Sina King led Akron with a game-high 19 points and hauled in eight rebounds. Three other Zips tallied double digits on the night, including Hanna Luburgh (13 pts), Jasmine Mushington (11 pts) and Ti'eshia Stubbs (10 pts). Stubbs joined King with eight rebounds.

The Friars matched their season high of 18 assists in the game. Providence also finished the night with a 37-32 rebounding advantage. The Friars, who were plagued by turnovers in the first half, only turned the ball over four times in the second half.

Providence returns to action on Saturday, December 31 against Hartford at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 1:05 p.m. and will be televised live in Connecticut on CPTV. The match-up marks the final non-conference game of the season for the Friars before hitting the road to face BIG EAST foe St. John's on January 4 at 7:00 p.m.



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