Dec. 29, 2013
Post-Game Interview With Tori Rule
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Boston College, 80-71, in its final non-conference contest of the season on December 29. The Friars move to 5-6 on the year while the Eagles improve to 8-5. Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) led the Friars in scoring with 23 points to mark her ninth double digit scoring game of the season. In addition she tallied three steals and dished out two assists.
Boston College opened the game shooting a perfect 7-of-7 from the field to take an early 18-3 lead (15:32). The Eagles' 15 point advantage served as their largest lead of the half. The Friars outscored the Eagles by a 17 point margin (32- 15) to take their first lead of the game, 35-33, at the 1:38 mark. Providence captured its lead on a pair of free throws from junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.). The Eagles closed the half with three-consecutive baskets and carried a 40-37 advantage into the break. Kristen Doherty led the Eagles in scoring and finished the half with 15 points.
Providence shot 50 percent from the field on 12-of-24 attempts in the first half. In addition the Friars shot 6-of-10 from three point range. Senior Danielle Pearson (Bronx, N.Y.), junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) and freshman Miranda Simpson (Round Rock, Texas) each hit two 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes of play.
Providence reclaimed the lead in the beginning of the second half on a 3-pointer from Rule (18:02) to give the Friars a 42-40 advantage. Boston College outscored Providence, 30-10, to take an 18-point lead with 6:56 left to play. Providence pulled within nine points of the Eagles, 80-71, with 27-seconds remaining, but that was as close as they would get. In the final 20 minutes of play Boston College shot 60 percent from the field and 50 percent from three point range. Doherty finished as the Eagles' leading scorer with 23 points.
Freshman guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) finished the game with four points and tied her career-high with seven assists.
Providence returns to action on Jan. 1 for its BIG EAST home opener when the Friars welcome Butler to Alumni Hall for a 1:00 p.m. tip off for the first meeting in the history of the two women's basketball programs.