Dec. 31, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's basketball team led by as many as 14 points, but had to hit big shots down the stretch to earn a 59-56 victory over Massachusetts on December 31 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Freshman Mi-Khida Hankins (Baltimore, Md.) matched her career high of 20 points to lead the Friar effort and added eight rebounds, two steals and one assist.
The Friars led by as many as 14 points (33-19) with 2:00 left in the first half and went into the halftime break with a 33-23 lead. Providence pumped its lead back to 14 (39-25) just 1:43 into the second half before UMass began its comeback. Over the course of the next 12:49 of play, the Minutewomen outscored the Friars, 24-9, to take their first lead of the game (49-48) with 5:28 on the clock. Providence answered with back-to-back buckets from Hankins to regain the lead at 52-49.
Teya Wright got the Minutewomen back within one (52-51) on a lay-up, and Kate Mills blocked a Providence jump shot before converting five unanswered points on the offensive end to give UMass its largest lead of the afternoon with 1:33 remaining in the game.
Providence freshman Trinity Hull (Cranston, R.I.) hit a jumper to make the score 56-54 with a minute left. UMass then commited the first of three turnovers down the stretch and junior Shantee Darrian (Trenton, N.J.) knocked down a huge three-point bucket to give Providence a 57-56 lead with 16 seconds remaining. After another UMass turnover, Hull went to the foul line for Providence and knocked down two free throws to put the Friars ahead, 59-56, with six seconds left. Coming out of a timeout, the Minutewomen coughed up the ball for the third time in the final minute and the 26th time overall.
Sophomore Kendria Holmes (Charlotte, N.C.) joined Hankins in double figures with 13 points and contributed three steals and two assists. Hull finished the night with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Darrian grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in the game and finished the game with six points. Five of her 10 rebounds came off of the offensive glass.
Mills led all scorers with 21 points for UMass, while Wright recorded a double-double on 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.Alisha Tatham added 12 points. Pam Rosanio dished out a game-high six assists.
With the victory, Providence has recorded double-digit wins for the second-straight season under third-year Head Coach Phil Seymore. The last time Providence recorded double-digit wins in back-to-back seasons dates back to 2000-01 and 2001-02 campaigns.
The Friars (10-3) open BIG EAST Conference play against Marquette on Saturday, January 5 in Milwaukee, Wis. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and will be televised live on BETV and Cox Sports (Cox 3).
- GO FRIARS! -