Dec. 30, 2012
BRONX, N.Y. -
The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Lafayette, 66-54, on December 30 to capture the Fordham Holiday Classic Tournament title at Rose Hill Gym in Bronx, N.Y. Sophomore Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while senior Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) was selected to the All-Tournament Team. The title marks the first in-season tournament championship since 1992, when the team took part in the Clearly Canadian Classic in Providence, R.I.
Roberts finished with a game-high 16 points and added four rebounds, five steals and two assists. Rule and senior Brianna Edwards (Minneapolis, Minn.) each recorded 13 points for the Friars. Rule led Providence on the boards with seven rebounds.
The Friars took a 26-18 lead into the locker room at halftime, Edwards led the way with eight points. Freshman Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) chipped in five points and a team-high six rebounds. Five of her six boards in the opening 20 minutes came off the offensive glass.
Providence also forced 12 Leopard turnovers in the first half and held a 10-2 advantage in points off of turnovers. Lafayette led Providence on the boards, 27-24. Fourteen of the Friars' 24 rebounds came off the offensive glass, but were only able to convert five second-chance points. Danielle Fiacco led Lafayette with eight points and five rebounds in the first half.
The Friars mounted a 16-point lead in the second half (45-29) with 11:41 remaining in the game. The Leopards cut the deficit to five (52-47) with 4:10 to play, but the Friars stayed poised for the victory. Providence extended its lead back to 12 (63-51) and held on for the 66-54 win.
Providence returns to action on Saturday, January 5 against BIG EAST foe Georgetown. The game marks the BIG EAST opener for both teams, and is scheduled to tip-off at 2:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
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